San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.173.1 - 25.173.15
An Interdisciplinary Program for Education in Hybrid & Electric Drive Vehicle EngineeringThe automotive industry is in a transformation towards powertrain electrification, requiringautomotive engineers to develop and integrate technologies from multiple disciplines. We havedeveloped a new program in interdisciplinary master of engineering degree and graduate andundergraduate certificates in Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering. The vehicle levelaspects of the program include vehicle requirements, integration of propulsion technologies,safety, diagnostics, control and calibration. We and our industrial partners see these as criticallimiting factors in the development and production of advanced electric transportation systems.Additionally, the effort leverages the existing distance learning program in electric power. Theresult is an interdisciplinary program that meets the needs of the transportation and powerindustries and provides students with a unique skill set to accelerate the advancement anddevelopment of electric drive vehicles.The education program delivers courses to on campus and distance learning students for theAdvanced Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering Certificates. Students are able to continue on fortheir masters or PhD degrees in their respective departments or select an interdisciplinarymaster’s of engineering degree which is focused on preparing students to work in and educatingthose already in industry. The undergraduate and graduate certificates, each requiring 15 credits,contain two interdisciplinary courses (1) Introduction to and (2) Advanced Propulsion Systemsfor Electric Drive Vehicles (EDV). Most of the coursework is in existing classes that havemodified sections to directly address EDV issues. This program leverages and links theautomotive systems, engines, and controls expertise in the Mechanical Engineering Departmentwith the electric power, electric machines and power electronics expertise in the ElectricalEngineering Department.Our distance learning students come from both the transportation and electric power industries.We seek guidance from these industries to ensure that the program meets the needs of their workforce with the course contents reviewed by topical industry experts. This education program willprovide a supply of engineers to a significant and sustainable US job base.
Weaver, W., & Worm, J. J., & Naber, J. D., & Bohmann, L. J., & Beard, J. E., & Anderson, C. L., & Chen, B., & Keith, J. M. (2012, June), An Interdisciplinary Program for Education in Hybrid and Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20933
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