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A New Course on Distribution of Green Technologies: Contemporary Topics in Electronics Distribution - Going Green

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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25.79.1 - 25.79.8



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Ismail Capar Texas A&M University

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A New Course on Distribution of Green Technologies: Contemporary Topics in ElectronicsDistribution - Going GreenThere is an increasing interest in developing new green technologies or improving the existingones. The main motivation behind this interest is to reduce fossil fuels consumption especiallydue to its environmental and health related effects. In addition, there is growing public interest ingreen energy due to rising costs and increasing dependence on fossil fuel supply from foreigncountries. Lastly, considering the fact that total world energy consumption has increasedsignificantly by 9.8% from 2004 to 2008, adoption of green technologies has become crucial fora sustainable future as there is only a limited supply of fossil fuels. Hence, many electric andelectronics distributors have identified distribution of green products as a viable growthopportunity for future. However, there are not many educational programs that support this newindustry demand for skilled workforce, especially in the field of logistics and distribution ofgreen technological products. Our conversation with industry (manufacturers and distributorsalike) has clearly demonstrated a need for change in curriculum to support the challengesassociated with the distribution of green technology.In this paper, we present a senior level electronics distribution course for an EngineeringTechnology and Industrial Distribution Program. During the semester, the course will first covertechnical details regarding the selected products such as electric vehicles and chargingcomponents, photovoltaic, and energy management systems. Next, challenges related to adoptionof new technologies and market analysis for such products will be introduced. Finally, successfuldistribution strategies will be discussed from supply chain and distribution perspective tominimize overall cost of products and to facilitate adoption of green technologies. The coursecurriculum includes a review of published papers, case studies, group project work, andinteraction with these two industries through invited guest speakers. These class activities willprepare students to take sales, marketing, operations management positions in electric/electronicsindustry targeting distribution of green technologies. Hence, the course will help industry torecruit much needed talent.

Capar, I. (2012, June), A New Course on Distribution of Green Technologies: Contemporary Topics in Electronics Distribution - Going Green Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20839

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