June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.98.1 - 24.98.10
A Renewable Energy Specialization in an Electronics Engineering Technology CurriculumCorporations facing the challenge of developing energy-efficient, sustainable, andenvironmentally friendly products and power sources are seeking engineers and technologistswith expanded skill sets. In order to address this need, a renewable energy specialization withinan existing curriculum in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) was developed at ourinstitution. The goals of this specialization are to give students a contemporary option of study,increase program persistence and completion, provide campus-based and online delivery options,and better prepare students for careers in power and renewable energy industries.The renewable energy specialization was implemented in 2011 and is offered within our campus-based EET curriculum delivery, accredited by the Engineering Technology AccreditationCommission (ETAC) of ABET, and its online equivalent, which has not sought ETAC of ABETaccreditation. The curriculum builds on the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics,electronics, environmental science, and mathematics required as prerequisites to advance thestudent into focused coursework in environmental economics, conservation principles,sustainability, environmental sociology, power transmission and generation, alternative energy,power electronics, and renewable energy management. This paper presents the formal structureof the overall curriculum, the sequence of courses within the renewable energy specialization, ageneral outline of the content within each course, and a mapping of the course objectives tostudent outcomes. The experience gained in developing online and campus-based curricula inpower and energy coursework is also discussed. Student reflections on the education capturedfrom surveys and interviews are provided, as well as the results of student outcome assessmentof graduates and future plans for continuous improvement.
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