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Arizona Texas Consortium For Alternative And Renewable Energy Technologies

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

13.220.1 - 13.220.8

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https://peer.asee.org/3821

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32

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Lakshmi Munukutla Arizona State University

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Lakshmi Munukutla received her Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio and M.Sc and B.Sc degrees from Andhra University, India. She has been active in research and published several journal articles. She is the Chair of the Electronic Systems Department at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus.

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Richard Newman Arizona State University

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Richard L. Newman recently retired from the Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus as Director of Training Operations for the Microelectronics Teaching Factory. Prior to joining Arizona State University, Richard served as an Associate Director at the NSF funded Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC) and twenty years as a faculty member and administrator within the Division of Technology and Applied Sciences at Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona.

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Arunachala Nadar Mada Kannan Arizona State University

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Dr. Kannan’s areas of expertise and research interests include low temperature synthesis of meta stable nanoscale electrocatalysts, electrode active materials and structure-property relationships through physicochemical characterization. The focus is mainly on hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary as well as automotive applications.

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Slobodan Petrovich Arizona State University

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Slobodan Petrovic is an associate professor at the Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus. He received B.Sc. in physical chemistry from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He has over 20 years of experience in various areas of technology such as fuel cells, Si processing, catalysis, and sensors.

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Govindasamy Tamizhmani Arizona State University

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Govindasamy Tamizhmani (Mani) is an associate professor of Department Electronic Systems and the director of Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory at Arizona State University. Dr. Mani has over 24 years of research experience and 7 years of teaching experience in the fields/subjects of photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries with over 50 journal and conference publications/presentations.

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Arizona -Texas Consortium for Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies

Abstract

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.

Introduction

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

Munukutla, L., & Newman, R., & Mada Kannan, A. N., & Petrovich, S., & Tamizhmani, G. (2008, June), Arizona Texas Consortium For Alternative And Renewable Energy Technologies Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3821

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