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During the 2013-2014 academic year, I will teach Design for Grand-Challenge Innovation in the Fall and Design for Sustainable Development in the Fall. Admission to the Acara classes is by application (information here).

Air Quality Engineering

Graduate course. Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2013.

Introduction to air pollution problems and solutions, at scales ranging from local to global. Quantitative analysis of chemistry and physics of atmospheric pollutants. Main topics: sources, sinks, and controls; atmospheric transport and transformation; air quality management and regulation; health impacts; global issues.

Design for Grand-Challenge Innovation

Undergraduate course. Fall 2013, 2014.

This course introduces students to design thinking and its application to global grand challenges. Students work in teams to propose a solution, and apply for funding for their idea via the 109 ("10 to the 9th") competition. For more information, please read the course syllabus and the 109 competition description. Enrollment requires instructor permission; to receive a permission number, email Matthew Bechle [bechl002@umn.edu].

Design for Sustainable Development

Undergraduate & graduate course. Spring 2010, Fall 2011, January 2013, Fall 2013, May 2014, Spring 2015. Admission is by application (here).

In this course, students design sustainable solutions to improve health and quality of life in developing countries. Students work in teams, and in cooperation with students in India, to identify a problem they wish to work on, select a technology or a service, and design a business, serving a low-income community in India. At the end of the course, teams compete for funding to launch their business, including funds to travel to India and attend a 6-week business "incubator" in Bangalore, India. Students from a variety of backgrounds -- for example, public health, engineering, design, and business -- are encouraged to apply. This course is offered in collaboration with Acara and the Carlson School of Business. For more information about Acara classes, the application process, and the competition (the Acara Challenge), click here.

Student and instructor reflections from the 2013 and 2014 CSE study abroad courses in India.

Student summary of their experiences in the course, in terms of a resume entry.

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate course. Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2013.

This course offers an introduction to the topic of environmental engineering, and provides a basis for further coursework in environmental engineering if desired. The class incorporates information about current environmental problems, introduces methods for solving these problems, discusses fundamental principles of environmental chemistry and microbiology, and provides an overview of current environmental engineering practices. The course uses environmental issues to explore the role of government and citizens in developing policy, the inequities between different socio-economic classes at a variety of scales, and the ethical implications of technology.

Technologies for Sustainable Societies

Graduate seminar. Spring 2007, Fall 2007.

The goal of this seminar is to investigate important technologies that serve major societal needs. The seminar will be framed from the perspective of how technologies do or don't contribute to a move towards sustainability. (This course is no longer being offered. It has been replaced by the Acara courses.)