June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
College Industry Partnerships
24.115.1 - 24.115.18
Topics: CIP - College-Industry Partnership; MIND - outreach and recruitment of minorityengineering students (including K-12).A Successful Partnership between Industry and Academia: Improving Curriculum, Research, and Outreach by Collaboration with IndustryThe Public Service Company of the State has been working on an Energy StorageProject. This project is the nation’s first solar storage facility fully integrated into autility’s power grid. This award-winning project demonstrates that a battery system canbe used to effectively address the challenge of intermittency. The high-tech batterysystem both smooths out fluctuation in solar power output caused by clouds and storesexcess energy that can be shifted or dispatched when it is most needed.Through a partnership with the Company, our institution, which is a Hispanic and Native-American serving institution, has played a very active role in the project. Through thisproject, the Department of Engineering in collaboration with the Math & ScienceDepartment has: a) improved the curriculum for two engineering bachelor programs; b)contextualized assignments for developmental math courses; c) provided access of state-of-the-art solar data for undergraduate research; and d) developed an outreach componentto involve hundreds of local middle school students in solar energy projects.The case study discussed in this paper describes the collaboration strategies that haveshaped the institution’s involvement in the project. In particular, the paper addresses thefunding model; the role of faculty, students, and Company personnel; project marketing;project sustainability; the interplay of these strategies to create a win-win relationship forour institution, the Company and the local community.Examples of curriculum developed and implemented are presented throughout the paper.A summary of statistics and results of the collaboration are also presented.
Lopez Hurtado, I., & Crichigno, J., & Perez, A. J. (2014, June), A Successful Partnership between Industry and Academia: Curriculum Improvement, Research, and Outreach through Collaboration with Industry Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20007
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