International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/ijsle An academically rigorous peer-reviewed journal on service-learning in all disciplines of engineering Queen's University en-US International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship 1555-9033 <p class="BodyStyle">Authors retain the copyright for material published in IJSLE, including but not limited to all rights to authorize subsequent publication and/or translation. 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However, no article may be reprinted in any publication without the explicit written permission of the author(s).</p><p class="BodyStyle">Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/">Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a href="http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</p> Enhancing Transdisciplinary Learning through Community-Based Design Projects: Results from a Mixed Methods Study https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/ijsle/article/view/11147 <p><strong>To address complex sustainability challenges, solutions are needed that integrate the biophysical and sociocultural dimensions of sustainability. Engineers designing these solutions must be technically adept problem solvers, as well as effective at integrating the non-technical dimensions of sustainability into their design solutions. This paper reports on educational interventions in both a university engineering course and engineering service-learning skill sessions. Using a mixed methods assessment approach to investigate the interventions, data were collected using a variety of instruments and analyzed using thematic analysis and appropriate statistical tests. Our findings include an increase in students’ awareness and understanding of non-technical dimensions in design, and suggest that a transdisciplinary knowledge production model may enhance students’ abilities to integrate non-technical dimensions, as well as engage with stakeholders, in community-based design projects. This study advances understanding of appropriate learning environments, teaching methods, and assessment tools for developing engineering competencies in sustainability problem solving. </strong></p> Lindsey Payne Brent Jesiek ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-05-04 2018-05-04 13 1 1 52 10.24908/ijsle.v13i1.11147 Household Production of Ceramic Water Filters in Western Rajasthan, India https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/ijsle/article/view/11150 <p><strong>Frustum shaped clay ceramic water filters are being manufactured by the potters of the Thar Desert in India for household use. The clay composite consists of a homogeneous mixture of equal volume of clay and sawdust. A low-cost manual press, to form the clay composite into frustum shape, is developed by the present authors. This article elaborates critical investigation of the specific traditional clay-firing technique used, to achieve the required functionality and material property of the filters. Household based manufacturing of these filters is found to be markedly different from factory based production by firing process. The functional features of the clay ceramic filter, such as microbial filtration rate, flow rate, and compressive strength, are evaluated and presented. An E. coli bacteria removal efficiency of more than 99% is achieved using these clay ceramic water filters. Optimal filtration rates are achieved between ambient temperatures ranging from 30<sup>o</sup>C - 40<sup>o</sup>C. </strong></p> Sandeep Gupta Raj Kumar Satankar Amrita Kaurwar Usha Aravind Muhammad Sharif Anand Plappally ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-05-04 2018-05-04 13 1 53 66 10.24908/ijsle.v13i1.11150