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Creating Green Thinking Engineers Through the Creation and Use of an Industrial Energy Management Course

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Non-Technical Skills in ET

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

22.394.1 - 22.394.7

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https://peer.asee.org/17675

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40

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Donald C. Richter Eastern Washington University

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Donald C. Richter obtained his B.Sc. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He holds a Professional Engineer certification and worked as an Engineer and Engineering Manger in industry for 20 years before teaching. His interests include project management, robotics /automation, Energy Management, and air pollution dispersion modeling.

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Abstract

Creating Green Thinking Engineers Through the Creation and Use of an Industrial Energy Management Course  AbstractTeaching engineering and engineering technology students to think "green" and to recognizeenergy saving opportunities in industrial facilities is an important way to reduce our nation'senergy footprint. Engineers need to be able to identify and quantify the energy savingsopportunity in the industrial setting. This paper discusses the creation and implementation of anIndustrial Energy Management course to introduce the skills needed to perform energy audits inindustrial facilities. The paper will discuss the philosophy and curriculum developed to allow thestudent to recognize how to spot energy saving potential projects, then how to calculate thesavings for the proposed project. The author will discuss how he drew upon his past experiencein an Industrial Assessment Center ( IAC ) leading over 90 Industrial Audits using undergraduatestudents to develop the curriculum for the Industrial Energy Management course. Through theuse of this past experience a model for an industrial energy audit procedure is presented andincorporated in the course. Students are exposed to several case studies to illustrate and practicethe ability to calculate the energy savings, implementation cost and using industrial utility billscalculate the savings along with a simple payback. Students are taught how to propose theenergy savings projects to make management understand the advantage to implementing theproposed projects. The paper will also discuss the lessons learned from teaching the course andplans for the future course development. The model for the course presented should be easilytransported to other institutions and should help other faculty to develop courses that can helpcreate a new "green" thinking student who can then go out into industry and make a difference inour nation's energy usage.

Richter, D. C. (2011, June), Creating Green Thinking Engineers Through the Creation and Use of an Industrial Energy Management Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17675

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