The WERC Environmental Design Contest aligns well with the new ABET items 1-7 (below)
The tasks are challenging multi-month projects requiring a team of students to design and demonstrate functionality of a real-world complex engineering system.
Faculty advisors who return year after year laud the Design Contest for the professional evaluations from the judges that include feedback that addresses ABET student outcomes.
Previous teams have successfully submitted their papers and posters from the contest to various conferences and journals for publication.
The design contest scores are based on the following criteria:
Paper–Executive summary, basis for design, equipment and process selection, depth of research, laboratory evaluation, testing, waste generation, discussion of legal and health implications, economic analysis and/or cost benefit discussion, professional audits/public involvement, overall quality/succinctness, clarity of communication. Previous teams have successfully submitted their papers and posters for publication in various conference proceedings and journals.
Oral Presentations–Completeness of presentation, inclusion of key sections, effectiveness, team participation, audio-visual materials, and ability to answer questions
Bench-scale Models–Effectiveness and overall performance, originality, craftsmanship, completeness, safety, environmental and public health considerations, waste generation, cost effectiveness, scalability, processing time, ease of use, reliability, communication and ability to answer questions
Poster Presentations–Effectiveness, graphic impact, presentation, completeness, and ability to answer questions
ABET Criterion 3–New Student Outcomes 1–7:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.