Anthro-Engineering Decarbonalization at the Million-Person Scale

Principal Investigator
Prof. Michael Short, Nuclear Science and Engineering;
Prof. Manduhai Buyandelger, Anthropology
Fund: d'Arbeloff Fund
Funding Period: AY2023
Department/Lab/Center: Nuclear Science & Engineering, Anthropology
Educational Initiative: NEET

This course, jointly taught by the Departments of Anthropology and Nuclear Science and Engineering through the NEET Climate & Sustainability (C&S) thread, will teach students how to approach massive anthroengineering decarbonization projects at the million-person scale. Specific objectives include user-centric design, holistic ally and stakeholder inclusion, responding to cultural and political constraints on clean energy issues, and working in diverse groups on open-ended, iterative design. We will use the decarbonization of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as an exemplar, though we envision that future versions of this course will be able to abstract and generalize the design process to the unique constraints and resources involved in decarbonizing other million-person scale locales.