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A Service-oriented Learning Approach for the Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Course

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Perspectives and Evaluation of Engineering Design Education

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Radian G. Belu Southern University and A&M College

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Dr. Radian Belu is Associate Professor within Electrical Engineering Department, Southern University, Baton, Rouge, USA. He is holding one PHD in power engineering and other one in physics. Before joining to Southern University Dr. Belu hold faculty, research and industry positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for non-conventional energy conversion, remote sensing, wave and turbulence, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published ten book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting, renewable energy, microgrids, wave and turbulence, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Lucian Ionel Cioca Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

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Lucian Ionel CIOCA received the M.Sc. in Machine Tools (1993) and B.Sc. in Occupational Safety, Health and Work Relations Management (2010). In 2002, he becomes Dr. Eng. (Ph.D degree) of Petrosani University, Romania and now he is professor at "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu - Romania, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Romania. His teaching subjects are Ergonomics, Management, Human Resources Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Production Systems Engineering. His research fields of interest are linked with the impact of the knowledge based society upon the social / human dynamics / evolution and the production systems. He regularly publishes and participates on international scientific conferences. Lucian Cioca is the Administrator of the LBUS Department of Consulting, Training and Lifelong Learning, Doctoral Advisor in Engineering and Management, Member of the National Council for Attestation of Academic Titles, Diplomas and Certificates, evaluator ARACIS (The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), and other (email: lucian.cioca@ulbsibiu).

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Fred Lacy Southern University and A&M College

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Dr. Fred Lacy earned his B.S.E.E. from Howard University in Washington, DC in 1987, his M.S.E. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1989, and his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1993. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Lacy joined the Bioengineering Department at University of California, San Diego from 1994 – 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow. Upon completion of his postdoctoral research, Dr. Lacy held a position as a medical device reviewer at the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Lacy joined the faculty at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in August 2002 and is currently a professor and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. Dr. Lacy specializes in developing, manufacturing, and characterizing electronics based microsensors for various applications (including sensors for biomedical applications).

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A capstone design course requires senior-level students to apply knowledge gained from the core engineering courses, design and laboratory coursework in accomplishing a specific design task. It is the engineering educators’ hope that the capstone design sequence is facilitating the student’s transition from an academic to an industrial and real-life environment. A service-oriented learning design course in an engineering program should include ones that are providing students with opportunities for learning about important social, economic or environmental issues and reflections about their design experience in a community context. In service-oriented learning approach, the emphasis is on the development of projects, with innovative designs that met the technology needs of a particular community, organization or company, providing the students with meaningful learning experiences. Service learning projects can range from designing an environmental monitoring system for a local community, an efficient self-power street lighting, or a hybrid energy system for a rural community in a remote area or a developing country. In our paper we are discussing the inclusion of such projects in capstone courses. Capstone design courses require abilities for engineering students individually or collaboratively to apply classroom knowledge and skills to realistic design problems. Such abilities include problem definition capabilities, gathering and analyzing relevant information or data, project solution alternatives, choosing the optimum solution in the given explicit and implicit constraints, and effectively reporting and presenting the project results. Such abilities are also mandatory for point of view of the accreditation purposes. This paper presents the research and investigations on the service-oriented learning and education approach for our electrical engineering capstone design course with a focus on the projects that addresses modern energy technologies and sustainability issues.

Belu, R. G., & Cioca, L. I., & Lacy, F. (2020, June), A Service-oriented Learning Approach for the Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34047

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