Before receiving a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia for research on ink detachment mechanisms during paper recycling, Dr. Susan Nesbit obtained a B.A. in History and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, then worked as a research engineer studying novel methods of chlorine dioxide production. Dr. Nesbit is a leader in sustainability education and has designed several courses to introduce students to sustainability concepts and community service learning in an engineering context. These include CIVL 201/202: Civil Engineering I and II, which tasks student teams to work with community partners to complete service-learning projects to enhance community assets, and CIVL 445: Engineering Design and Analysis, which serves as the capstone design project for all undergraduate civil engineering students. Dr. Nesbit's teaching achievements have been cited by engineering educators across North America for their excellence.
Engineering education as a socio-curricular system; Curricula design and assessment; Beliefs and attitude development in engineering education
Engineering and Sustainable Development
Implications of a finite biosphere and the complexities inherent in environmental decision-making.
Civil Engineering I
Sustainable development, design process, project planning, and modeling with sketches, spreadsheets, and other tools.
Civil Engineering II
Social context of infrastructure, climate change and energy, leadership, and project management and construction.
Engineering Design and Analysis I
Integration and application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to find design solutions. Focus on conceptual designs.
Civil Engineering and Sustainability
Engineering Case Studies
Application of scientific principles and technical knowledge to practical problems. Introduction to the engineering design process and to engineering graphics.