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A Practicum on Energy and Sustainability Engineering

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Sustainability and Hands-On Activities

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Yogesh Bhandari University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Akshay Vora University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

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Akshay Vora is a graduate student pursuing Master of Engineering in Energy Systems.His area of interests include power systems, Switchgear and protection and control.Worked as a design engineer.He currently lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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Sengavi Thirupathy

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Rashi Singh University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Oscar Azofeifa

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Yogesh Bhandari, Oscar Azofeifa, Brogan Michael Faso, Kevin R. Kubis, Michael T. McNulty, David Pratt,PE, Thomas Satrom, Pallav Nirmal Shah, Rashi Singh, Sengavi Thirupathy, Akshay C. Vora, Rizwan-uddin Master of Engineering in Energy Systems University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL 61801

Sustainability is a practical concept. Engineers have to make choices between practical, economically viable and sustainable designs and operations. We will report our recent experience from a one-hour practicum course in which students were encouraged to take part in a sustainability competition organized by the student sustainability committee (SSC) at the University of Illinois. Goal of the four-hour practicum course required for the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems degree (ENG 572/573) at the University of Illinois [1] is to provide all students with a project or practicum (internship) opportunity to gain practical experience as well as develop written and oral communication skills. This year all new students in the program were required to sign up for one hour of ENG 573 (the remaining three hours will be fulfilled in later semesters) to provide the skills for group work and help develop written and communication skills; students formed groups and participated in the student sustainability competition organized yearly by the SSC. “The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is a student-led organization charged with the distribution of two student fees – the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee. With the ultimate goal of making the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a leader in campus sustainability, SSC reviews, recommends, and funds projects that increase environmental stewardship, inspire change, and impact students [2].” These two fees bring in over $1.1 million annually, which is one of the largest sustainability fund of its kind in the United States [2]. Funds are made available for sustainability projects proposed by the students. Students in ENG 573 formed groups, studied and analyzed options available to them, developed sustainability projects to be proposed, presented their ideas in front of their colleagues (in ENG 573) for critical feedback, consulted with personnel at university’s facilities and services (F and S) and other departments, prepared the proposals, and then submitted them before the deadline. We will report our experience.

Key words: energy, sustainability, project, proposal writing, communication skills 1. 2.

Bhandari, Y., & Vora, A., & Thirupathy, S., & Singh, R., & Azofeifa, O. (2017, June), A Practicum on Energy and Sustainability Engineering Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27497

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