Workshops

We have an exciting and wide-ranging set of workshops aimed at professional development and building research connections for attendees. The workshops will be led by experienced professors and panel discussion will provide the opportunity to hear the thoughts and opinions of several experts at the same time. See below for details for each workshop.

Registration for workshops will be available when conference registration opens.  The deadline to participate in the Grand Challenges Workshop is 1 May 2015 (more info).

Saturday, June 13th.

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Grand Challenges Ideas (Attendance by invitation only)

Description: The purpose of this workshop will be to identify and highlight the greatest challenges in environmental engineering and science (or environmental engineering science) research and education. This will be the first such workshop since the beginning of this century that will specifically look to articulate future challenges and opportunities for our Community. More…

Intended Audience:  Faculty and graduate students. Admittance to the workshop will be a one-page summary of what the participant thinks is a “Grand Challenge.” (If more than one, then each requires a one-page summary). These summaries should be sent prior to the workshop (submission window opening in January 2015).  During the workshop each “Grand Challenge” will be introduced by the author in one to two minutes.  The participants will then discuss and comment on each and develop additional “Grand Challenges.”  After the workshop, these will be collated and presented for comment to AEESP membership during a scheduled conference presentation and through the AEESP newsletter. 

LOCATION: WLH 201 (Sudler Hall)

Sunday, June 14th.

8:00 am - 9:45 am

Description: A workshop will be held on writing an effective NSF CAREER proposal. The workshop will include short presentations from NSF program officers and a panel discussion with past grantees. More…

Location: WLH 201

Intended Audience: Junior faculty who are eligible to apply for a NSF CAREER award. PhD students and post docs moving into a new faculty position. 

Environmental Science and Engineering Chairs and Directors’ Meeting

Description of Workshop: This workshop will include an open panel session on the job application and interview process as well as small-group meetings with experienced faculty and professionals to discuss the job search process and to provide feedback and mentoring. The workshop will target not only students near graduation but also early-stage students so that they can design their educational program more effectively. More…

Location: WLH 119

Intended Audience: Graduate students and postdocs interested in university faculty positions or industry positions.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Description: The workshop will begin with an overview of the expectations for excellence in teaching and research at PUIs.  This presentation will be followed by case studies from professors summarizing their experiences in developing successful research and educational programs at PUIs.  These summaries will serve as the basis for an open panel discussion. More…

Location: WLH 119

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students who are interested in quality teaching and research at the undergraduate and Master’s degree level.

Description: This panel will feature speakers with experience who are current PIs of NSF ERC, NSF PIRE, and NSF IGERT grants. Panelists will also discuss experience with obtaining NIH R01, R03, or R21 grants, as well as industrial and foundation support. More…

Location: WLH 201

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students. 

Environmental Science and Engineering Chairs and Directors’ Meeting

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Description of Workshop: Objectives of the workshop will be: (1) to enhance collaborative interaction within the community of scholars working on wastewater treatment in the context of decentralized systems, water-energy, climate change, and resource recovery; (2) to collaboratively prepare a concise summary of the most important ways that wastewater treatment affects, and is affected by, related systems, with emphasis on energy, climate change, and resource recovery; and (3) to collaboratively develop (and, perhaps, to prioritize) a list of knowledge gaps and major research questions that confront us as we re-think wastewater treatment for the remainder of the 21st century.  Questions might relate to issues such as source separation, de-centralized treatment, energy-neutral or energy-positive wastewater treatment, recovery of N and P from centralized treatment, novel biological processes, load management strategies, emission of greenhouse gases from wastewater treatment facilities, potable re-use of treated effluent, etc….More

Location: WLH 119

Intended Audience: The workshop is aimed at participants (faculty, scientists, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, industrial practitioners) who are actively engaged in research on wastewater treatment at the nexus of one or more other systems/topics, principally energy, climate change, and resource recovery.

Description of Workshop: The workshop will include will include a discussion of the design process in environmental engineering practice, presentations on the organization and content of EnvE design courses in selected programs (with emphasis on senior “capstone” courses, but also including some discussion of other courses), and a discussion between presenters and attendees on how the instruction of design might be modified. More…

Location: WLH 208

Intended Audience: Instructors who teach engineering design and design-related topics in environmental engineering programs, practitioners who wish to influence the ways that design is taught in environmental engineering programs. 

Description: Focused panels on work/life balance and managing a research group. Part 2 also includes a tutorial on how to write a research paper with your graduate students and speakers on navigating the tenure process. More…

Location: WLH 201

Intended Audience: Junior faculty who are eligible to apply for a NSF CAREER award. PhD students and post docs moving into a new faculty position. 

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Description of Workshop:  This workshop will provide an introduction to the Case Method of Teaching to promote active learning pedagogies in environmental science and engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum.  Topics to be addressed include:

·      Characteristics that distinguish case teaching from traditional lectures

·      Attributes of a good case

·      Matching case selection with learning objectives

·      Implementation and classroom management

·      Resources for prepared cases and case development training

Discussion breaks will provide opportunity for participants to share experiences. More…

Location: WLH 119

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students.

Description: This workshop will include panel discussions and presentations from prominent researchers from China and NSF program directors to introduce the international programs from NSF and NSFC. More…

Location: WLH 208

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students.

This workshop will begin with a brief overview on how sustainability is being taught and integrated into existing environmental engineering and science programs. This presentation will be followed by invited speakers with expertise on sustainability and experience in teaching sustainability. The workshop will conclude with small group discussions followed by concluding remarks by the workshop organizers and invited speakers. More…

Location: WLH 201

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students who are interested in teaching and curriculum, specifically developing new courses and adding new content to existing courses to incorporate sustainability principles.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Description:  This workshop will provide an introduction to the Case Method of Teaching to promote active learning pedagogies in environmental science and engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum.  Topics to be addressed include:

·      Characteristics that distinguish case teaching from traditional lectures

·      Attributes of a good case

·      Matching case selection with learning objectives

·      Implementation and classroom management

·      Resources for prepared cases and case development training

Discussion breaks will provide opportunity for participants to share experiences. More…

Location: WLH 119

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students.

This workshop will begin with a brief overview on how sustainability is being taught and integrated into existing environmental engineering and science programs. This presentation will be followed by invited speakers with expertise on sustainability and experience in teaching sustainability. The workshop will conclude with small group discussions followed by concluding remarks by the workshop organizers and invited speakers. More…

Location: WLH 201

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students who are interested in teaching and curriculum, specifically developing new courses and adding new content to existing courses to incorporate sustainability principles.

Description: Panel discussion on experiences and lessons from acquiring funding in conducting research and teaching in the developing world. Will also include a discussion on how to successfully advise an Engineers without Borders Chapter. More…

Location: WLH 208

Intended Audience: Faculty and graduate students.