San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Collegiate Solar Boat Project Prepares Today’s Engineering Students for Tomorrow’s Energy ChallengesAbstractThe rising demand for green energy and environmental responsibility has had a stronginfluence in modern American engineering curricula. Competent, innovative engineersare needed now more than ever to help solve some of the most complicated problems inthe alternative fuel industry. Solar power is one of the most promising and challenginggreen technologies, and the collective efforts of inventive engineers will be needed tobring it into the mainstream. However, the numbers of engineering graduates in the U.S.continues to dwindle, even with the projected market demands.In order to overcome the impending energy crisis, the nation must invest in and supportinnovative approaches to engineering education which targets the issues that keepspromising minds out of critically important career roles. The solar boat project discussedin this paper is an introduction to how novel hands-on engineering opportunities forstudents can inspire them to pursue challenging careers within the energy industry. Byfostering a nurturing, creative atmosphere not typically found among engineeringcurricula, more students can be attracted to engineering and graduate ready to faceenormous challenges.
Foroudastan, S. D. (2012, June), Collegiate Solar Boat Project Prepares Today’s Engineering Students for Tomorrow’s Energy Challenges Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21083
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