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A Multidisciplinary Power and Energy Engineering Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Energy, the Environment, and Nano Technology

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

25.76.1 - 25.76.11

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https://peer.asee.org/20836

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31

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Lawrence Holloway University of Kentucky

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Lawrence Holloway is TVA Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director, Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky.

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Yang-Tse Cheng University of Kentucky

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Donald G. Colliver P.E. University of Kentucky

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Donald Colliver is a professor in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department and Associate Director of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky, University of Kentucky.

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Aaron Cramer University of Kentucky

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Paul A. Dolloff University of Kentucky

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Paul Dolloff is an Electrical Engineer in the Research and Development Department at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Dolloff is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the ECE Department at the University of Kentucky. Dolloff developed and teaches a renewable energy course, a power distribution systems course, a system protection course, and is developing a system protection lab. Dolloff received a B.S.E.E. from Tennessee Tech University, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in E.E. from Virginia Tech University, and a M.B.A. from Morehead State University.

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Bob Gregory University of Kentucky

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John George Groppo Jr. University of Kentucky

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John Groppo is a Senior Engineer and Program Manager at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, where his research currently focuses on developing processing and utilization strategies for coal utilization by-products and providing technical assistance to operators of industrial-scale plants using these technologies.

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Yuan Liao University of Kentucky

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Yuan Liao is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., USA. He was an R&D Consulting Engineer and then Principal R&D Consulting Engineer with the ABB Corporate Research Center, Raleigh, N.C., USA. His research interests include protection, power quality analysis, large-scale resource scheduling optimization, and network management system/supervisory control and data acquisition system design.

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Stephen M. Lipka University of Kentucky

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Jim Neathery Unversity of Kentucky

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Center for Applied Energy Research

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Johne M. Parker University of Kentucky

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Johne M. Parker is Associate Professor of mechanical engineering.

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Vijay Singh University of Kentucky

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Vijay Singh is Robinson Chair Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington, Ky., 2000-present. He was Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington, Ky., 2000-2007; and Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University of Kentucky, July 2001-June 2005 and June 2007-present. He holds a 1968 B.Tech. (electrical engineering), I.I.T.-Delhi (Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi), India; a 1970 M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.; and a 1974: Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Research Interests include nanoelectronics, solar cells, and electronic devices and materials.

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Joseph Sottile University of Kentucky

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Joseph Sottile is a professor of mining engineering with a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. His teaching and research interests are in industrial power systems and electrical system safety. Sottile is a Past Chairman of the IEEE Industry Applications Society Mining Industry Committee and is currently chair of the IEEE IAS Education Department. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Timothy R.B. Taylor P.E. University of Kentucky

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Rodney Andrews University of Kentucky

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Center for Applied Energy Research

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Abstract

  A Multidisciplinary Power and Energy Engineering ProgramDeclining enrollments in power engineering over the last decade and the anticipated loss ofengineers through retirements from the power and energy workforce have focused attention onthe need for a rapid increase in the power and energy engineering workforce. Furthermore,there are a wide variety of challenges facing the nation in power and energy, including changingmixes of energy, development of alternative energy sources, creation of a Smart Grid,minimizing environmental impacts of energy, using available fossil fuel resources in an evolvingregulatory climate, and others. Addressing these challenges will require engineers from multipletraditional disciplines to address an array of discipline-specific technical, business, and policyproblems relying on fundamental core knowledge of power and energy.In response to this need for a power and energy engineering workforce, two Power and EnergyCertificate programs were established, one for undergraduate students and one for graduatestudents. Both certificate programs are multidisciplinary across engineering, including electrical,mechanical, biosystems, chemical, civil, computer, materials, and mining engineering. Allstudents pursuing one of these certificates take a core of common classes to give them a base ofknowledge across power generation, transmission and distribution, power economics, and publicpolicy. Following the core, students take more focused courses that go deeper into power andenergy topics within their specific engineering discipline. For the graduate certificate, there is anEnergy Experiences course where students make weekly visits to regional power and energyrelated sites, including a wind farm, various coal (mine to power plant) facilities, a hydroelectricplant, a nuclear plant, a biogas (landfill) facility, a zero-energy building, a solar installation, apumped storage facility, a smart grid demonstration, and a carbon capture site. Students in theprogram also are eligible for scholarships for a six-week international renewable energy programoffered in Pamplona, Spain.These new certificate programs have gained positive interest and involvement by students, buthave presented challenges. For example, prerequisite knowledge requirements must be balancedacross different engineering disciplines, and the certificate program must be coordinated to keepadditional courseload required by the certificate beyond the discipline requirements at a modestlevel, The full paper will discuss more detail of the structure of the program, the challengesfaced in implementing the program, and how these challenges were addressed to improve theaccessibility of the program across engineering disciplines.

Holloway, L., & Cheng, Y., & Colliver, D. G., & Cramer, A., & Dolloff, P. A., & Gregory, B., & Groppo, J. G., & Liao, Y., & Lipka, S. M., & Neathery, J., & Parker, J. M., & Singh, V., & Sottile, J., & Taylor, T. R., & Andrews, R. (2012, June), A Multidisciplinary Power and Energy Engineering Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20836

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