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Title: Educating for a Sustainable Future

Educating for a Sustainable Future
Environmental Engineering Body of Knowledge
  • The EE BOK Working Group
  • Debbie Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE
  • University of Central Florida

Working Group Charge
  • The Body of Knowledge Development Working Group
    is charged with defining the BOK needed to enter
    the practice of environmental engineering at the
    professional level in the 21st century taking
    into account other issues, including, but not
    limited to, the impact on the profession, on
    environmental engineering academic programs
    (undergraduate and graduate), and on
    accreditation of environmental engineering
    programs at the basic and advanced levels.

What is the BOK?
  • Civil Engineering the knowledge, skills, and
    attitudes necessary to become a licensed
    professional civil engineer
  • National Academy of Engineering Study proper
    preparation for demands the field will place upon
    engineers in a global economy
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    domains, knowledge areas, and sub-knowledge areas
    needed for program of study
  • Environmental Engineers?

EE BOK Issues
  • How should the BOK be defined?
  • What level of achievement is desired?
  • How is the BOK achieved (with a BS, a MS, and/or
    through experience)?
  • What defines entry into the professional
    environmental engineering field?
  • How is its fulfillment assessed (a BS degree, a
    MS degree, a Professional Engineering License,
    Board Certification)?

  • Environmental engineering encompasses a broad
    range of disciplines
  • Environmental engineers may have undergraduate
    degrees from the sciences, chemical engineering,
    mechanical engineering, or other fields
  • Transportability
  • Many environmental engineers do not or can not
    take the professional engineering exam

BS or Beyond?
  • Traditionally, EEs received advanced degrees
  • ASCE Policy 465
  • NSPE Professional Policy 168
  • NCEES additional 30 credits beyond BS to obtain
  • NAE Engineer of 2020 BS engineering is the new
  • It is evident that the exploding body of science
    and engineering knowledge cannot be accommodated
    within the context of the traditional four year
    baccalaureate degree.
  • Most professional degrees require education
    beyond BS (JD, MD, CPA)

  • Must recognize our roots in
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Sanitary engineering
  • Water microbiology
  • Water/wastewater treatment engineering
  • Air quality engineering
  • Sanitary engineering

  • Must ensure that those entering the environmental
    engineering profession have the science and
    technical knowledge, problem solving skills, and
    business acumen to meet future challenges.
  • Unified opinion on what environmental engineers
    are and what they need to know

Dr. Asit Biswas Social, Technical Impact Factors
on Society
  • Globalization
  • Free trade
  • Energy security
  • Technical developments
  • Urbanization/ ruralization dynamics
  • Immigration
  • Information and communication revolution

Major impact on environmental management!
  • The technology of today will have little
    relevance in the future.
  • In 2020, our students today will be in mid
  • How do we prepare them for this future?

The Environmental Body of Knowledge
  • ABET A-K outcomes?
  • Relevant project experiences?
  • Specialized knowledge (water, wastewater, air,
    solid waste, hazardous waste)?
  • Action terms must be defined (levels of
    knowledge Bloom Taxonomy?)

BOK Goals and Outcomes
  • Knowledge about results of environmental
    measures and their impact on society and policy,
    interpreted from the perspective of risk,
    statistics and economics?
  • Knowledge about innovations and impact of use on
    resources and environmental health and how to use
    innovations to accomplish goals?
  • Ability to conceive and direct complex projects
    requiring highly integrated view of engineering
    systems at multiple scales within a framework of
  • Action terms must be defined (levels of
    knowledge Bloom Taxonomy?)

Working Group Composition
  • Practitioner Members (including consulting and
  • Academic Members
  • ASCE BOK Committee Member
  • ABET Representative

EE BOK Process
  • Establish procedures, schedule
  • Brainstorm outcomes
  • Group outcomes
  • Identify subgroups to flesh out outcomes
  • Define achievement level
  • Time of achievement
  • Consensus on outcomes
  • Draft BOK
  • Public presentations and input
  • Finalize BOK

  • May 2006 BOKDWG scope approved by AAEE
    BOT, leaders identified
  • May 2006 BOKDWG formed
  • January 2007 First face-to-face meeting
  • July 2007 Second face-to-face meeting
  • Sept 07 - March 08 External Input
  • March 2008 Third face-to-face meeting
  • May 2008 Draft EE BOK completed
  • May Sept 2008 External Input
  • September 2008 Final EE BOK published

  • The EE BOK should serve as an inspiration to
    those studying, teaching, and practicing
    environmental engineering
  • Translation into curriculum will be critical to