For more information on graduate CEE courses, visit our Department's website.
Undergraduate Engineering Education Design for the Environment, CEE 1618 Fall Term
This course is offered as a sustainability elective to CEE undergrads, but is open students from all disciplines. Each semester there is a mix of engineering and non-engineering students drawing from mechanical, electrical, industrial, and chemical engineering, environmental science, ecology and architecture. A primary component of the course is the group design project where teams of students develop a solution to an assigned sustainability design challenge.
Check out our ASEE paper, Use of Active Learning and the Design Thinking Process to Drive Creative Sustainable Engineering Design Solutions. Many thanks to our funders who supported this research: The Mindlin Foundation and U.Pitt Innovation in Education Award program!
Some representative final products from the Fall 2017 challenges.
Video from Deep Roots. This team's original challenge was to redesign or repurpose vacant city spaces in a way that facilitates community engagement with green engineering and sustainability. The group embraced their community, which was in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Another team tackled the same 'built environment' challenge in a different neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Hazelwood. Their final presentation can be found here.
The Fantastic Fertilizer Group was challenged with developing a solution that delivers nutrients to crops more efficiently. Here is a video highlighting their engagement with local farmers.
Another group took on the challenge of inefficient water use in agriculture practices, developing the 'Right Plants, Right Soil' app. Presentation, one-page leave behind
You can find a full list of the 2017 design challengeshere and 2016 design challenges here.
For a listing of sustainability courses offered at Pitt, visit the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation website.
Chemistry in Environmental Engineering, CEE 1504 Spring Term
This course was developed for the environmental engineering undergraduate curriculum, but is open to students from all disciplines. The focus is on the chemistry underpinning critical challenges in the environmental science and engineering field.
Coming Soon! The Gilbertson Lab plans to share standard and novel protocols developed and utilized in carrying out their research.
K-12 Science and Engineering Education
Dr. Gilbertson with Sam Beard, President and Co-Founder of the Jefferson Awards Foundation.
Dr. Gilbertson is dedicated to making science and engineering fun, challenging, and accessible to K-12 students and educators. In 2015, she was honored for her efforts with students in New Haven public schools by being awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Below are some examples of Dr. Gilbertson's involvement with K-12 education and outreach.
High School Chemistry Teacher Prior to starting her PhD, Dr. Gilbertson was a science teacher. As a teaching fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland, she assisted with the secondary school chemistry courses and primary school sciences. When she returned to the U.S., Dr. Gilbertson taught chemistry and AP chemistry at a boarding school. In addition to engaging students in the classroom, she enjoyed coaching and off campus excursions with the students.
Engineering Outreach for New Haven Middle School Students It wasn't long after Dr. Gilbertson returned to school to pursue her graduate degree that she felt the longing to return to the classroom. She volunteered in local elementary and middle schools assisting students in the development of science fair projects and with a history teacher at the engineering and science magnet school to help blend STEM and history learning objectives. As an advanced graduate leadership (AGLP) fellow in Yale's SEAS, Dr. Gilbertson served as the organizer for the annual Pathways to Engineering. The event brought aspiring middle school scientists and engineers to the engineering school for a day filled with adventures in engineering.