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A Graduate Certificate In Efficient Energy Technology

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Energy Education and Industry Needs

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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15.34.1 - 15.34.12



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Jai Agrawal Purdue University, Calumet

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JAI AGRAWAL is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1991, M.S. and B.S. also in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur, India in 1970 and 1968 respectively. Professor Agrawal has worked for two years in optical networking industry in the Silicon Valley in California. His expertise includes energy systems, nanophotonics, optical networking at physical and data link layers, optical and WDM interface, SONET and Gigabit Ethernet and analog electronic systems. He is the author of a textbook in Power Electronics, published by Prentice-Hall. His professional career is equally divided in academia and industry. He has authored several research papers in IEEE journals and conferences.

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Omer Farook Purdue University, Calumet

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OMER FAROOK is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Farook received the Diploma of Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering and BSME in 1970and 1972 respectively. He further received BSEE and MSEE in 1978 and 1983 respectively from Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Farook’s current interests are in the areas of Embedded System Design, Hardware – Software Interfacing, Digital Communication, Networking, C++ and Java Languages. He has authored several research papers in IEEE journals and conferences.

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Chandra Sekhar Purdue University, Calumet

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CHANDRA R. SEKHAR is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Sekhar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Chemistry from the University of Madras (India), a Diploma in Instrumentation from Madras
Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of
Pennsylvania. Professor Sekhar’s primary teaching and research focus is in the areas of
Biomedical and Process Control Instrumentation and Clinical Engineering.

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Abstract The paper presents the design of a graduate certificate in Efficient Energy Technology (EET) in the Engineering Technology (ET) programs. The certificate aims to prepare professionals in an area that is extremely critical for the survival of humanity and our civilization. The curriculum is designed to deal with all aspects related to source and consumption of energy. The intended audience comprise of post-baccalaureate students in Engineering Technologies and the working supervisor/manager/professional who hold baccalaureate in other technology fields. The certificate courses introduce the concepts and technology of harvesting energy from sun, wind and other alternative sources, thermoelectric, electrochemical, bio-photosynthetic and hydrogen based energy systems. The certificate consists of 12 credit hours, equivalent of four courses: 1) Solar Engineering Systems, 2) Wind and Alternative Energy Technology, 3) Energy Networking and 4) Energy Neutral Living.

Courses in the certificate can be delivered in traditional classroom/distance learning formats. Each course comprises of three components: a) content, b) critical review of current research papers and c) project. The course content consists of study of sources of energy and current methods of conversion to useful forms. In the second component, the students are required to read, and critically analyze two current research papers in the related field of renewable energy technology. In the third component, students prepare design of projects that are targeted to needs of the local community. Project design is the capstone activity involving literature search and application of multiple learned concepts and techniques. The paper will share the experiences of offering two of these courses at Purdue University Calumet.

The paper also shows that how classroom learning can be enhanced by making available to learners the classroom lecture in audio /video/pdf format from anywhere and at all times on demand. This technology, called the Lecture_on_Demand (LoD) technology, enables the distant, absent and not attentive students, the experience of the classroom environment beyond the physical classroom. Furthermore, the students can concentrate on learning and not be distracted by having to take notes in the classroom. The lecture can be made available asynchronously or broadcast synchronously on the internet. A demonstration of LoD technology can be viewed on

Agrawal, J., & Farook, O., & Sekhar, C. (2010, June), A Graduate Certificate In Efficient Energy Technology Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16417

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