Science in diplomacy, the use of trained scientist to inform and support foreign policy objectives, has been a part of U.S. foreign policy since the time of Benjamin Franklin. The Diplomacy Laboratory project, a public-private partnership, allows the Department of State to 'course source' projects to seek input from universities and to recruit talented students to consider careers in diplomacy. This paper provides a summary of a case study using a DipLab project as part of a term-length, writing assignment in courses for undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering students. An overview of DipLab and suggested best practices to integrate DipLab projects into engineering courses is also included.

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2017: Jun. 24-28, Columbus, OH)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Engineering education; Students; Teaching; Department of state; Engineering course; Environmental engineering students; Laboratory project; Policy analysis; Public private partnerships; Traditional engineerings; Writing assignments; Education

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jun 2017