June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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An Implementation of Power Systems Course for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Students(…) University is the only educational institution that offers engineering and technology degreesin the western part of the state. As the power industry is becoming one of the major recruiters ofour graduates in the department of engineering and technology at (…) University, developing anemphasis in electric power engineering plays a vital role in educating the next generation of theregion’s power industry workforce.To that end, a curriculum development effort was planned and is projected to train, prepare forresearch, and educate the students enrolled in the Department of Engineering and Technology forcareers in the power industry. The curriculum includes three fundamental power engineeringcourses: 1. Power Systems 2. Power Electronics 3. Electrical Machines and DrivesThis paper describes in detail the first pilot implementation of the Power Systems coursecomponent entitled “Modern Power Systems Analysis” for Electrical and Computer EngineeringTechnology (ECET) undergraduates and presents its assessment results.This course includes both lecture and lab sessions which are suitable for junior-level ECETstudents. During the semester, a campus field trip to explore the electrical infrastructure andmajor HVAC facilities of the university is organized to introduce students to the practical aspectsof power transmission and distribution systems. In addition, a final term project is assigned tochallenge the students for the purpose of developing a practical power system infrastructuredesign proposal to reduce the university’s carbon foot print. The design proposal is intended totransport renewable energy generated from a nearby hydroelectric facility to the university.Finally, a survey is conducted to evaluate the overall course and the faculty performance as wellas the sustainability of the established course concept.
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