June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.220.1 - 13.220.8
Arizona -Texas Consortium for Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies
The focus of the Arizona–Texas Consortium for Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies is to meet the workforce needs of our national energy, transportation, and electronic industries. The project intends to establish an educational consortium through collaboration between high schools and community colleges in Arizona and Texas along with Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus. This will be accomplished by leveraging existing teaching and research expertise and facilities in the field of alternative and renewable energy.
The strategy of the project is to meet the workforce needs by increasing the number of graduates, including underprivileged groups, with Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS), certificate programs, and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees by preparing them using world-class facilities. Furthermore, the project embarks on creating opportunities for industry internships for AAS and BS seeking students, providing training to improve the skills of the existing workforce, offering professional development educational activities to teachers in grades 9-16 (to include community college faculty), and also serving as a nationwide and statewide public awareness vehicle.
One of the primary requirements of high quality human life in this world is abundant clean energy. The high demand for this precious resource is significantly increasing due to the industrialization of developing countries. In addition, the global effort in exploring alternate avenues to generate energy is also climbing in an exponential manner to meet this demand. As the global population depletes the existing natural resources at a faster rate, many energy-based industries are rapidly exploring alternative energy generation and distribution avenues. The consortium will focus its efforts on preparing the high technology alternative energy workforce by providing relevant education at the AAS, certificate program, and the BS degree levels both in the state of Arizona and Texas. The consortium partners of this project are currently serving a large percentage of underserved minorities and will further assist and nurture these minority groups by preparing them for STEM careers in high technology industries.
The energy field is becoming a major economic driving force in the State of Arizona, the nation, and the world. The Department of Electronic Systems has academic programs in this emerging field supported by a unique set of laboratories that facilitate hands-on learning and research. From solar cells to wind turbines, from biogas to fuel cells, the development of alternative energy sources has become not only the moral responsibility of the current generation, but also one of the fastest growing business sectors. As conventional energy sources approach their ultimate limitations from the standpoint of reserves and environmental impact, the energy demand of civilization steadily increases and is expected to at least triple in the next few
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