Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
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A NEW UNDERGRADUATE ELECTRICAL POWER AND CONTROL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM
Asser Zaky, Ibrahim El-Mohr and Mohamed El-Faham Arab Academy for Science and Technology Alexandria, Egypt
Because of the increasing complexity and advancements in all areas of the electrical power industry (generation, transmission, distribution, control, protection, reliability, economics, etc), there is a growing need for graduates to be specialists in the power field. To meet such needs the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) has developed a new department of Electrical and Control Engineering which combines electric power systems, electric drives and automatic control in one undergraduate B.Eng. degree program. This paper gives details of the AAST program, implemented in 1994, designed principally to meet the present day needs of industry and electrical utilities in developing and rapidly industrializing countries. In drawing up the curriculum the proposals of the IEEE Subcommittee on Power Engineering Curricula have been used as a guide and the degree plan is structured to meet requirements of the Supreme Council for Universities of Egypt and the ABET requirements.
In the highly developed countries the past two decades has seen a decline in the power engineering content of EE curricula in favor of more financially viable topics such as electronics, communications, computing and software engineering. For reasons of prestige and world-wide recognition, developing countries have tended to follow suit without any regard for local requirements or the fact that, as pointed out by Bijker1, technology does not always just equate to “global” and “identical” but relates to “regional” and “individual” requirements. In stressing the importance of electrical power engineering it is perhaps appropriate to quote what Philip Sporn , one of the great power engineers of this century – had to say about electrical power: “ In the United-States a new industrial revolution evolved …. The development of electric power and its general availability thought the U.S has been an important factor in this revolution… As a direct consequence of this new industrial revolution, we have a standard of welfare unequaled in history”2.
There is much evidence that in the Arab world and other developing countries in general there is a growing demand for electrical power and control engineers. Generation of electricity, its transmission and its distribution are of primary concern to all developing and rapidly industrializing countries. Since it is estimated that some 80% of generated power is used to drive motors, machines, electrical drives and
El-Faham, M., & El-Mohr, I., & Zaky, A. (1999, June), A New Undergraduate Electrical Power And Control Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7859
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