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Engineering and sustainable community development

Author: Juan Lucena; Jennifer J Schneider; Jon A Leydens
Publisher: San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, ©2010.
Series: Synthesis lectures on engineers, technology, & society (Online), # 11.
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This book, Engineering and Sustainable Community Development,presents an overview of engineering as it relates to humanitarian engineering, service learning engineering, or engineering for community development, often called sustainable community development (SCD). The topics covered include a history of engineers and development, the problems of using industry-based practices when designing for communities, how  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Lucena; Jennifer J Schneider; Jon A Leydens
ISBN: 9781608450718 1608450716
OCLC Number: 1027346372
Notes: Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on March 6, 2010).
Series from website.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv p. 216 : file. ill.)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Engineers as problem solvers --
Engineers' beliefs about community development --
Engineers, development, and community --
What makes this book different --
Who is this book for --
Brief outline of the book --
References 2. Engineers and development: from empires to sustainable development --
Engineers and the development of empires (18th and 19th centuries) --
Engineers and national development (19th to 20th centuries) --
Engineers and international development (20th century) --
Engineers and the questioning of technology (the 1970s) --
Engineers and the "lost decade of development" (the 1980s) --
Engineers move toward sustainable development (1980s-1990s) --
Engineers heed the call to sustainable development (late 1990s-present) --
The explosion of "engineering to help" (ETH) activities (2000-present) --
The emergence of community in sustainable development and ETH initiatives --
Summary --
References 3. Why design for industry will not work as design for community --
Introduction --
One design project: description and reflection --
Design courses and design instruction --
Syllabus --
Objectives --
Constraints --
Expectations from students --
Course content --
Design process --
Leadership and teamwork dynamics --
Design tools and approaches --
The actual course --
Location --
Course practices --
Teamwork --
The written report --
The final presentation --
Conclusions: what can you do --
References 4. Engineering with community --
What we mean by "community" --
How one engineer views community --
Challenge #1: engineering problem-solving (EPS) --
Challenge #2: engineering mindsets --
Challenge #3: community development projects --
Challenge #4: engineers' belief in development --
From engineering for development to ESCD --
Incorporate opportunities for self-reflection before and throughout the project --
Find meaningful ways to learn about the community you are working with, their history, their language, their values, and get help with community engagement processes --
Figure out ways the time-scale of your project can be expanded --
Make plans for "failure" --
Design a landing pad for yourself --
Develop meaningful assessments of yourself and your project --
Conclusion --
References 5. Listening to community --
Listening in big development: the El Cajón Dam case --
Listening in little development: brick making kilns in Peshawar, Pakistan --
Where is listening in engineering education --
What is contextual listening --
Dimensions of contextual listening --
Barriers to contextual listening --
Engineering problem solving --
Engineering design --
Benefits of contextual listening --
Contextual listening counters biases --
Contextual listening fosters a community-centric approach to problem solving --
Contextual listening integrates multiple human and sectoral perspectives --
Problem, definition, and solution --
Conclusion --
Recommended reading --
References 6. ESCD case study #1: Sika Dhari's Windmill --
Case overview --
Case specifics --
Introduction --
Background --
Phase one: participatory planning --
Phase two: project implementation --
Conclusion --
Questions for reflection 7. ESCD case study #2: building organizations and mapping communities in Honduras --
Introduction --
Becoming an engineer --
Discovering water --
Changing an organization --
Doing "big" development --
Moving to sustainable community development --
Questions for reflection --
References 8. Students' perspectives on ESCD, a course model --
What was this course about --
Development projects involve history and politics --
Development problems are more than just technical problems --
Engineering problem solving and design methods have strengths and limitations when applied to development projects --
I learned how to measure my development project against SCD criteria --
How students resist --
Transformations --
References 9. Beyond engineers and community: a path forward --
What might be missing from this account of engineering and sustainable community development --
Recommendations --
References --
Authors' biographies --
Index.
Series Title: Synthesis lectures on engineers, technology, & society (Online), # 11.
Other Titles: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Responsibility: Juan Lucena, Jen Schneider, and Jon A. Leydens.
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