Lindsey Payne and Lauren Kennedy attend the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology

Lindsey Payne, PhD candidate in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, and Lauren Kennedy, undergraduate student in Environmental and Ecological Engineering attended the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) on May 19-20, 2014.

ISSST is the premier conference for research related to the sustainability of science and technology systems. The program covers the spectrum of issues for assessing and managing products and services across their life cycle, and the design, management, and policy implications of sustainable engineered systems and technologies. Payne and Kennedy presented a poster about a service learning course, EEE 49500: Urban Water Projects which included Kennedy’s experience in the course and incorporated preliminary research results of pedagogical interventions in engineering education from Payne’s PhD research. This poster presentation sparked discussions with conference attendees regarding innovation funding partnerships and community-wide impacts of incorporating transdisciplinary approaches in engineering curriculum. Payne and Kennedy were interviewed, the video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnjpYsV1r3U.

The conference presented Payne and Kennedy with professional networking opportunities including curriculum ideas for courses, networking opportunities, and learning more about best practices for presentations.