Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
Course Number: 12-712
This course begins with an overview of the concept of sustainability, including changing attitudes and values toward technology and the environment throughout the twentieth century.
Models for population growth, global food production, and global water resources are then presented, and current problems such as land use, urbanization, and energy and material resources are discussed.
Models of industry based on life sciences are then explored, and tools for sustainable engineering are presented.
These tools include metrics of sustainability, principles of design for the environment, methods for pollution prevention, and use of mass and energy balances in the design of sustainable systems.
Prerequisite(s): Senior/graduate standing in engineering or permission of the instructor