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NSLC Program—Engineering

Engineering: Sustainable Development and Design  (1 or 2 credits)

Course Description: This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable design. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing environmental challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine some of the major challenges driving the need for environmentally and socially sustainable engineering, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? Using a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures, we will combine your NSLC field trips and workshops with in-class discussions about the challenges of studying and practicing engineering in the 21st century world.

Course Outline

Professor for Sessions at American University and Yale University: Emma Fawcett is a doctoral candidate in international relations and an instructor at American University's School of International Service. Her research interests include international development, political economy, and social movement studies, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation explores the political economy of tourism and development in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Mexican Caribbean. Emma researches the relationship between national tourism promotion policy and private sector investment in the mass tourism sector, and probes how the tourism industry might be mobilized for poverty reduction in developing countries. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she supported the Infrastructure and Environment Department in preparing the Tourism Sector Framework Document, which guides the Bank's future investments in the sector. Emma is excited to return to the NSLC faculty; in 2014, she taught Sustainable Development and Design at American University and in 2013, she taught International Business and the Global Economy at Fordham. She also teaches in the master of international relations online program at American University. Emma earned a BA from Rutgers University in political science and Spanish and an MS from The New School in nonprofit management and global policy.

Professor for June 22-July 1 and July 5-14 Sessions at University of California-Berkeley: Kate Tennis is a PhD candidate at SIS. In the past, she has taught World Politics, Global Public Health, Engineering and Sustainability, and Statistics. This will be her third summer teaching for NSLC. Her research focuses on global South-North migration, international migration management, and security. She holds an MA in international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a BA in international development studies from McGill University--Quebec. In addition to her current work, she has conducted in research on refugee policy coordination between EU member states, regionalism in the EU, UN voting cohesion, and HIV/AIDS policy in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Professor for July 18-27 and July 31-August 9 Sessions at University of California-Berkeley: Laura Bosco is a PhD student at American University's School of International Studies. She holds a MA in international security studies from George Washington University and a BA in economics and political science from University of Florida. She has worked on projects of international development, conflict, and reconstruction with USAID, CFR, and Gender Action. Her current research is on humanitarian interventions, peacekeeping, and the U.S. military, with fieldwork in Kosovo. Previously she taught high school math in North Carolina.

Professor for Sessions at Northwestern University: Leah Gates is a doctoral candidate in international relations and adjunct instructor at American University's School of International Service. She has previously taught World Politics for first-year undergraduates, as well as a number of courses for NSLC, including International Business, Global Public Health, and Engineering: Sustainable Development and Design. During the academic year, she also advises undergraduates who are applying for competitive fellowships and grants. Her dissertation research analyzes the role of gender power structures in explaining organizational tolerance towards persistent forms of misconduct in U.S. military organizations. She is also active in research on teaching, including projects on using games in the classroom and the university experiences of LGBTQ students.

Professor for Sessions at Georgia Tech: Ela Rossmiller is an advanced doctoral candidate at American University's School of International Service, where her research focuses on collective memories and reparations politics. Prior to pursuing a doctorate in international relations, she earned a master's degree in international education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Chicago. She studied abroad in Poland and France and traveled to China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In her spare time, she writes and reads poetry.

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