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Engineering in Service to Society

Engineering in Service to Society

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  • 1. Engineering in Service to Society iCheckpoint October 14, 2009
  • 2. ESS…
    • directly applies engineering concepts to the problems of sustainability, poverty, and societal improvement.
  • 3. Engineering in Service to Society
    • Group Organization & Communication – Leigha Curtin
    • Meetings – Needhi Shah & Evan Wool
    • Identity – Todd Pixton & Phill Grabacki
    • Academics - Mark Rubinkowski
    • Blogs - Chris Goulet
    • Educational Activities - Suzie Chung, Imran Haddish, Stephanie Chua & Nora Sadik
    • Social Activities - Eric Eckstrum & Jaime Kelleher
    • Eng 198 Applications - Aalekh Priolkar
  • 4. Group organization maximizes productivity
    • 20 Members from variety of majors
    • Elected Positions
      • iChair: Kevin Wolz
      • Vice iChair: David Hanley
      • Secretary: Nora Sadik
      • Treasurer: Needhi Shah
      • Corporate Liaison: Peter Mouche
      • Social Chair: Jaime Kelleher
  • 5. Member Info Sheet aided communication
    • Major
    • Cell Phone
    • Email
    • Residence
    • Unique Interest
    • Blog
    Majority of communication via EMAIL
  • 6. Full group meets once per week
    • Everyone provided their own alternative
    • Outcome: kept at original Wednesdays from 5-7pm in Engineering Hall 106B
    • Situation: find a new time, instead of every “hectic” Wednesday
  • 7. We decided to create an Executive Committee
    • Composed of mostly elected members
    • Meets 1 hour every Monday night
    • Sets meeting agendas
    • Fosters decision making
    • Makes full meetings more productive
  • 8. “ Doodle.com” helped find meeting times
    • Everyone enters their normal weekly availability
    • Doodle reports back when the most members can meet
  • 9. Creating an Identity through Facebook
  • 10. Connecting for Academic Help/Advising
    • Everyone posted CURRENT and PAST classes
    • Example:
      • I had a problem in Chem that I couldn’t get
      • I found Todd through the Facebook list
      • We worked together on the problem
  • 11. Blogs foster a more personal communication
    • Fosters creativity – David’s project idea
    • Reflecting on group activities
    • Expressing your thoughts to others so they can relate, clarify, help, etc.
    • Seeing things from others’ perspectives
    • Helps you get to know other group members – Pae & Thailand
  • 12. Toured the Waste Transfer Station
    • Explored project options related to recycling on campus
    • Learned about the separation, bailing, storage, and shipment processes
    • Discussed current recycling situation on campus
  • 13. Toured the Business Building
    • Only LEED certified building on campus
    • Explored possible related project ideas
    • Discussed sustainability of other campus buildings
  • 14. Brought in speaker on NetZero Energy homes
    • Christian Douglass is a graduate student in IESE
    • Does research on sustainability and NetZero Energy homes
    • NetZero = produces as much energy as consumes
    • Explored possible related project ideas
  • 15. Attended Campus Recycling Meeting
    • Explored project options related to recycling
    • Learned about other student groups interested in recycling
    • Learned about the recycling situation on campus
  • 16. Attended live premiere of Age of Stupid
    • Documentary on the consequences of global warming
    • Enhanced discussion of possible projects
  • 17. Doubled as a team bonding event!
    • We even made the Daily Illini!
  • 18. Social events will foster team cohesiveness
    • Proposed social events:
    • Piano Man at Canopy Club
    • Broomball tournament
    • Corn maze
    • Sand volleyball
    • Team dinner
  • 19. Applying topics from Eng 198
    • Asking questions: What kind of project?
    • Initiative: Attending meetings and scheduling speakers
    • Brainstorming: Exploring project ideas
    • Networking: iPicnic, iLaunch, iSA’s, iFA’s
  • 20. Conclusion
    • ESS has started from scratch and become a fully functioning group
    • Members have connected in a variety of ways
  • 21.