EED Education
Support Program

ASME Enhances Environmental
Impact Through EED Education
Support Program

Proposals Due: February 15, 2017

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to make the air, water and land better and safer for humans.

To engage students and educators in this discipline, and foster the impact of environmental engineering education in communities around the world, the ASME Environmental Engineering Division (EED) announces the 2017 Environmental Engineering Education Support Program. This program will fund a maximum of $25,000 per year (no more than five proposals will be funded with a limit of $5,000 per award) to students, educators and EED members who propose interesting ways to impact environmental education in their communities. The Support Program is open to both ASME and non-ASME members alike.

Proposals (maximum 5 pages in length) should be submitted electronically by February 15, 2017 to Martin Edelson at edelsonm2@asme.org.

All proposals should include:

1. A description of the proposed project
2. Brief professional biographies of principal project participants
3. A proposed budget requesting no greater than $5,000
4. A letter from the proposer’s school or business stating that the project has institutional support and the institution will receive and manage funds provided by ASME

Proposals describing projects that pair an EED member with an individual will receive the highest priority; these proposals must describe how funds would be shared between the two. The expectation is that the majority share of funding would support the educator.

This will be the second year that EED has funded an education support program. Projects supported in the first year of the program were:

  • Michael S. Czahor, Outreach Committee Director, Wind Energy Student Organization, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Austin Herrema, Outreach Committee Ph.D. Representative, Wind Energy Student Organization, Iowa State University, Ames, IA: "Wind Energy Student Organization"
  • Megan Fuller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA; "Lab component for Sustainability Course"
  • Michael Lazere, Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, Marshalltown HS (Iowa); Mark Mba Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa: "Using Interactive iPython Simulations to Model Life Cycle Analysis of Ethanol Production"
  • David A. Roke, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH; Theresa Cutright, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH: "High School Student Laboratory Education Module: Use of Abundant Waste Materials in Concrete Mix Design"

Possible Environmental
Engineering Education
Support Program Awards

  • An EED member paired with a local educator (at any level of education) to develop a curriculum unit over a summer that can be put into practice the following school year. Units that are successful will be shared with other educators.
  • Funding support for a non-ASME member educator (primary and/or secondary school teacher) to attend an ASME-sponsored environmental event (e.g., conference, training/certification program, workshop, etc.) in support of curriculum development.
  • Funding of projects that connect with environmental engineering and mechanical engineering principles that appear promising for environmental education.
  • Funding support for an EED member, a college, or a graduate student to attend an ASME-sponsored environmental event (e.g., conference, training/certification program, workshop, etc.).