2009 Keynote Speakers: Braden R. Allenby


Braden R. Allenby, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Law, Arizona State University, and President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology

The Challenge of Sustainable Engineering Education 
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Allenby's slides

Syllabus for FSE 194, a course offered to freshmen engineering students at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

ABSTACT:  At a growing number of schools, new sustainability institutions are being created.  At Arizona State University, for example, the new School of Sustainability declares that "Our mission is to bring together multiple disciplines and leaders to create and share knowledge, train a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and  develop practical solutions to some of the most pressing  environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability,  especially as they relate to urban areas."  While the relationship  between such institutions and the growing interest in "sustainable engineering" is apparent, and a deeper integration of engineering and  this vision is obviously necessary and desirable, significant challenges arise in practice.

BIOGRAPHY:  Braden R. Allenby is Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Law, and Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management, at Arizona State University; he moved from his previous position as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T in 2004.  Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University, his JD and MA (economics) from the University of Virginia, and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University.  He is past President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; ex-Chair of the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; Chair of the IEEE Presidential Sustainability Initiative; an AAAS Fellow; an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow; a Templeton Research Fellow; a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration; and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. From 1995 to 1997, he was Director for Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and from 1991 to 1992 he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC.  His areas of expertise include Design for Environment, industrial ecology, telework and netcentric organizations, transhumanism, and earth systems engineering and management.  In 2008 he was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as 2008 Arizona Professor of the Year.