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Creating A Comprehensive Center For Energy Education

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Curricular Developments in Energy Education

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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14.378.1 - 14.378.9

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Max Rabiee University of Cincinnati

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Session AC 2009-289

Creating a Comprehensive Center for Energy Education

Max Rabiee, Ray Miller and Elvin Stepp

University of Cincinnati


In the current environment there is an unprecedented priority for educating and training a technologically solid workforce with an energy focus. The ongoing discussion on reducing dependency on fossil fuels, developing alternative energy sources energy conservation initiatives, sustainability and most importantly maintaining a reliable, efficient and environmentally sound energy infrastructure underline the imperative nature of this need.

The College of Applied Science (CAS) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) has maintained a focused mission of serving the needs of utility industry and the community at large as needs arise for technical education in alternative energy. Within the College of Applied Science today we have an Associate Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) with option for development of power plant operations and maintenance personnel. The College is also investing resources in development of additional curriculum and funding for Energy Education by creating the Center for Energy Education.

This paper will briefly describe electrical and mechanical energy related courses taught in existing power engineering technology associate degree and existing certificate programs. The paper will primarily focus on describing proposed extension of the current associate level curriculum into a baccalaureate degree program in Power Systems Engineering Technology taught by electrical and mechanical engineering technology departments. Center for Energy Education’s scope of work also includes outreach for funding and educating the community in the alternative energy field. During the presentation the acting director of the center who is a mechanical engineer and one electrical engineering technology professor will explain the reason for creating the center. They will also describe the center’s broad interdepartmental coordinating tasks for steering the energy education in correct direction to comply with present and future energy education requirements.


The UC College of Applied Science (CAS), throughout its 180 year history, has instilled the technical skills and knowledge base in our graduates so they can hit the ground running and become contributing team members. Our college has always been focused on responding to the workforce needs and demands of business, industry and our community at large. Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2009, American Society for Engineering Education

Rabiee, M. (2009, June), Creating A Comprehensive Center For Energy Education Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas.

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