ENVE 5090 – Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering
“The Water, Food, Energy Nexus in International Development”
The challenges surrounding water, energy and food are linked in complex and intractable ways. This course adopts a project-based approach to learning anchored in UConn’s Water and Food Security NSF-PIRE project, a major international research and educational collaboration based in the Blue Nile Basin of Ethiopia. The course introduces students to the water-energy-food (WEP) paradigm and prepares them to potentially participate in fieldwork in Ethiopia through the Water and Food Security PIRE project. This interdisciplinary course is taught by faculty in civil and environmental engineering, sociology and agricultural and resource economics.
The course is distinguished by the North-South cooperative design that incorporate faculty expertise and student engagement from Ethiopia and the United States as well as its link to the PIRE international fieldwork project. The course is designed as an introduction to WEP for students from different disciplines who lack prior background in one or more of the related fields of civil and environmental engineering, sociology and agricultural and resource economics.