Course Description

Introduction to common problems and solutions in ecological engineering, emphasizing the multiplicity of approaches to constraining, analyzing, and resolving challenges of ecosystem management. Two overnight field trips to local ecological monitoring and engineering sites will be required.

Course Objectives

In accordance with ABET’s a-k learning outcomes, students completing this course will possess:

  1. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams [ABET OUTCOME D]
  2. An ability to effectively communicate in writing and speaking [ABET OUTCOME G]
  3. Understanding of Professional & Ethical Responsibility [ABET OUTCOME F]

Assignments relevant to these three outcomes will be copied and shared with ABET evaluators. 

Additional instructor objectives are for students to:

  1. Gain experience preparing and receive feedback on professional engineering documents.
  2. Develop familiarity with applying engineering logic to analysis of complex systems.
  3. Gain experience defining, comparing, and making design recommendations for ecological engineering practices using multiple analytical approaches.
  4. Apply materials/knowledge from class to a specific problem (term project).
  5. See energy and water, everywhere.