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Cornerstone & Community: Integrating Stormwater Education & Outreach in an Engineering Design Curriculum

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100615.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100615)
Authors:   Monica Gray
Keywords:   ABET’s New Student Outcomes, Assessment, Complex Engineering Problems, EPA NPDES, Greatest Engineering Achievements, Key Performance Indicators, NAE’s Grand Challenges, Stormwater

Abstract. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, 61.7% African Americans and 49% Female students who enter engineering programs do not graduate in the major. The Engineering Program at Coastal Carolina University seeks to prepare a diverse, globally-engaged engineering workforce consisting of leaders who will develop and implement sustainable solutions to global challenges by engaging students in real-world community-based projects starting with its two-course Cornerstone Sequence. The Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium includes six citizen science education agencies and eight municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) serving Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina. The mandate of the Consortium is to help local governments meet EPA‘s NPDES Stormwater Management Program Phase II Rule by implementing Minimum Control Measures (MCM): (1) Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts and (2) Public Participation/Involvement. The Consortium and Engineering Program have partnered on MCM (1) & (2) by; integrating Consortium activities in the ENGR 199/299 Cohort Grant Challenge Cornerstone Course Sequence‘s deliverables, and collaborating with representatives from municipalities and educational providers that are members of the Consortium to provide current stormwater-related engineering design challenges to student teams. The objective of this two-course sequence is for students to identify and formulate complex engineering problems utilizing the National Academy of Engineering‘s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century as a framework. This paper reports on an initial, successful prototype of this partnership which occurred during the 2020 fall semester.

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