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The definition of Ecological Engineering is engineering that incorporates ecological principles into the design of both natural and human-dominated systems. Ecology is used as its fundamental design paradigm, emphasizing resiliency, adaptation and systems approaches to develop engineered solutions that are sustainable, intrinsically incorporate a broad range of biological systems as components, and emphasize mutual improvement of both human and natural environments. This focus on incorporation of ecological principles in engineering design to promote development of robust, sustainable systems sets it apart from other engineering disciplines.
The Ecological Engineering BS program graduates students capable of analyzing problems that occur at the interface between humankind and the environment and synthesizing solutions to the benefit of both. These students are capable of addressing crucial environmental issues including habitat los, fisheries, and pollution at the system level. Many of these issues are not amenable to simple solutions. The systems perspective often suggests solutions that are not intuitively obvious to observers focused on specific aspects of the system under consideration.
The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) mission statement states: Our mission is to achieve national and international recognition as a center for excellence for integrated research and education in the pogroms broadly defines as Ecological Engineering, Biological Engineering and Water Resources Engineering, while maintaining strong outreach links to the agricultural and natural resources communities. Our stakeholders will include links to the agricultural and natural resources communities. Our stakeholders will include environmental and ecological consulting firms, ecotechnology providers, entrepreneurial enterprises building new 21st-century biology- and ecology- based industries, public resource management agencies, and stakeholders in the state with interests in these focus areas.
Our educational mission is to balance innovative undergraduates and graduate programs taking advantage of our unique strengths and a relevant outreach program that takes advantage of emerging technology to deliver information to a broad clientele on adoption and use of sustainable engineering technology. Our department will produce ecological engineering graduates that are work-ready and entrepreneurial systems thinkers capable of contributing to the future prosperity and sustainable future of the State of Oregon and the global community.
Our educational objectives were developed to link the Department’s mission to the learning outcomes. The outcomes are then supported by the specific course learning objectives. In Fall 2014, three PEOs for Ecological Engineering graduate objectives were drafted and evaluated by the Industrial Advisory Board:
Our graduates will be employed as practicing engineers, engaged in advanced studies, or applying engineering problem-solving skills within non-traditional career paths;
Our graduates will bring creative, innovative, and ethical, ecologically-derived, systems-level approaches to solving global problems; and
Our graduates will provide ethical leadership and management skills within their organizations and in their communities.
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