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A Comprehensive Approach to Power Sector Workforce Development

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Electromagnetics & Power Education

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Electrical and Computer

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Nurhidajat Sisworahardjo University of Tennessee, Chattanooga Orcid 16x16

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N. Sisworahardjo received his B.S. and M.S. from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama all in electrical engineering. His research interests are in distributed generation, renewable/alternative energy, power system risk assessment, and optimization techniques in restructured power market. As an educator, he has strong interest in technology utilization in classroom to improve students learning experience.

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Ahmed Eltom P.E. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga


Abdul R. Ofoli University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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Dr. Ofoli received his B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, in 1999, and the M.Eng. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

During his graduate studies at Howard University, he developed and implemented real-time control algorithms for industrial applications using advance digital control, adaptive control techniques and intelligent control for alternative energy systems, drives, automation and power networks. To show the applicability of these controls to the industrial world, he focused on hardware implementation of most of these control techniques using industrial standard rapid prototyping tools like dSPACE systems utilizing Matlab/Simulink software from Mathworks. He was the recipient of the 2006 IEEE/IAS Transaction Second Prize Paper Award.

Dr Ofoli is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC). Prior to joining the UTC in August 2010, Dr. Ofoli has been working with Cummins Inc at their headquarters in Columbus, IN as a senior controls engineer for four years. At Cummins, he developed and implemented real-time control algorithms and strategies for diesel automotive applications to meet specific control objectives with the major one being the 2010 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) emission standard for diesel engines. His developed software for emission controls are currently being used on 2010 Cummins Diesel engines and three patents have been filled in regard to that. Dr. Ofoli’s area of interest includes power electronics, power system, intelligent controls, renewable energy, and engine controls.

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Edward H. McMahon P.E. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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Edward H. McMahon, PhD, P.E. Professor of Engineering Management in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a He holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and a M.E. and Ph.D. from New York University in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee.
He has nineteen years of industrial experience in industrial process and product development in the detergent, paper, and packaging industries. He teaches capstone design, value engineering and engineering economy at the undergraduate level, and technical innovation and advanced engineering economy in the graduate Engineering Management program. His research interests include product development, technical innovation, entrepreneurship, and design.

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, along with its partners, has developed a comprehensive approach to addressing the workforce development needs of the power sector. Funded through a Department of Energy grant the partners are recruiting high school students into power careers, providing two-year and four-year college training, and developing laboratories and graduate curricula tailored to new power and energy technologies. Existing workforce training takes the form of diverse workshop and seminar offerings. The paper describes these programs, their results, and lessons learned from expanding outreach and curricula for power sector constituents.

Sisworahardjo, N., & Eltom, A., & Ofoli, A. R., & McMahon, E. H. (2016, June), A Comprehensive Approach to Power Sector Workforce Development Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26293

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