June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Electrical and Computer
11.211.1 - 11.211.12
An Undergraduate Power Engineering Curriculum: A Unique and Practical Approach to Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry Abstract
Currently the electric power industry is facing a looming shortage of qualified and well-educated candidates to fill a large number of positions within the electric energy sector. The job of preparing electrical engineering students for careers in the broad interrelated areas of electrical power systems, machines and energy is a formidable challenge. This task is further complicated because it must be accomplished using very limited financial resources within the short time frame available in a typical undergraduate engineering curriculum. This situation provided Colorado School of Mines (CSM) with a unique opportunity to design a very effective undergraduate power engineering curriculum. After presenting an overview of the “power engineering option” at CSM, this paper discusses the course outline, the scope, and the methodology that was adopted to design a very successful and effective advanced power systems laboratory. Our advanced undergraduate energy systems laboratory promotes power engineering education by showcasing the modern simulation tools used by the utility sector. Working closely with industrial representatives helps to prepare the students for the real world problems they will eventually be asked to evaluate.
Established in 1874, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the State of Colorado. It is known both nationally and internationally for its education and research in all areas of earth sciences including “energy.” CSM is predominantly a comprehensive engineering research university. While offering all the usual benefits of an excellent undergraduate education, CSM places emphasis on programs which lead to professional opportunities. The multi-disciplinary BS degree program in “General Engineering” offered by the Division of Engineering is relatively new. Within this General Engineering degree program, there are currently four areas of specialization: Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Environmental Science and Engineering.
Currently (2005) at CSM there are 3,846 students including 3,098 undergraduate and 748 graduate students. There are 13 divisions/departments offering ABET accredited engineering degree programs. The Division of Engineering is the largest single unit, about a third of the entire campus and currently has 1,171 students; 1,072 undergraduate and 99 graduate students. The electrical engineering specialty comprises approximately one-fourth of the Division and has eleven full-time faculty members (eight tenure/tenure track plus three lecturers). The Division graduates annually approximately 70 undergraduate students in the electrical specialty. Since CSM has a small group of EE faculty, the program focuses on two “tracks” of multi-disciplinary interest: (i) Energy Systems, Machines and Power Electronics, and (ii) Automation, Sensing and Communication. Both undergraduate and graduate programs at CSM are tailored to meet the distinct needs of the students’ professional ambitions based on the available faculty and research expertise.
Ammerman, R., & Sen, P. (2006, June), An Undergraduate Power Engineering Curriculum: A Unique And Practical Approach To Bridging The Gap Between Academia And Industry Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--271
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