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Melanie Sattler, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor
Civil Engineering, Environmental and Earth Sciences Program
College of Engineering

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Sattler received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and B.A. in Physics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining UTA full-time in 2003, Dr. Sattler worked for 5 years in Environmental Resources at the North Central Texas Council of Governments and 1 ½ years as an environmental engineer with Alan Plummer Associates.

Service Learning Class

CE 5324: TRANSPORTATION & AIR QUALITY (3-0). Generation of pollutants in gasoline and diesel engines. Emission estimation via measurement and modeling (MOBILE 6). Prediction of pollutant concentrations near roadways. Vehicle emission control using alternative engine design, alternate fuels, add-on technology. Travel demand management and transportation control measures for emission reduction.

Academic Outcomes

  • Fundamental knowledge
  • Effective communication
  • Professional development

Service Learning Project

Operation SMART

Three teams of 5 students each will develop and present a 45-minute workshop to 20 girls grades 4-6 (ages 9-12) as part of Girls Inc. Operation SMART. The workshops will teach the students about transportation and/or air quality, primarily through hands-on activities:

  • Air quality activity: “’Hole’-y Ozone! It’s the CFCs!”
  • Transportation activity: “Balloon-Powered Car”
  • Transportation and air quality activity: “When a Car Coughs: Taking a Close Look at Vehicle Exhaust”

The workshops will raise the students’ curiosity about careers in science, math, and engineering. As the students participate, they will hopefully find out that learning about math and science can be fun!

Partner: Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County ( is a nonprofit youth service organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold” and increase the social competence of boys & girls. Girls Inc. sponsors Operation SMART (Science, Math, and Relevant Technology) to change girls' attitudes about science, math and relevant technology, as well as their attitudes about their role as a female in predominately male-oriented careers. The girls attend weekly Operation SMART meetings and discuss different topics in each of those fields. Additionally, they participate in hands-on activities that are geared toward increasing their knowledge and confidence in each area.

Product/Result: Student presentations and reflections