June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Energy Conversion and Conservation
22.100.1 - 22.100.15
A seven year review and assessment of XXXX XXXXXX University’s Alternative Energy Engineering Program initially funded through grants from the State of MichiganABSTRACT: XXXX XXXXXX University applied for and received two funding grants fromthe State of Michigan I 2003 and 2004 to develop curriculum and to establish courses in the fieldof Alternative Energy Engineering. XXXX XXXXXX in 2003 was one of five initial schools inMichigan to receive these funds. This paper reviews the decision making process originally usedto establish the curriculum, the engineering courses developed through these grants, theestablishment of an Alternative Energy Engineering laboratory, and the subsequent evolution ofthe Alternative Energy Engineering program into a full energy program housed within themechanical engineering department at XXXX XXXXXX. An evaluation of the existing programcurriculum is also included. A summary and discussion of the benefits to XXXX XXXXXXfrom this now well established, but still evolving program are also presented. These benefitsinclude how this program has assisted in the school’s recruitment of new engineering students,provided opportunities for collaborative work with other colleges within XXXX XXXXXXUniversity as well as with local commercial industries, enhanced student senior design projects,lead to other grant funded opportunities, and how it has also directly lead to significant researchopportunities for both graduate and undergraduate engineering students. Job and long-termcareer opportunities are for recent graduates involved with the energy program are also discussed.Lastly, a discussion is included regarding what changes and additions that are planned for theenergy program at XXXX XXXXXX to keep the program vibrant and adapting to the ongoingknowledge and understanding needs of today’s engineering graduates.
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