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

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