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Design and Development of a PV Engineering Course: First Year Experience

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.389.1 - 25.389.10



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Hirak C. Patangia University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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Hirak Patangia is a professor of electronics and computers in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He has served the University in various administrative positions including Interim Dean, Associate Dean, and Department Chair before returning to
full-time teaching and research. He is a strong proponent of undergraduate research and STEM education in high schools. With NSF funding, he developed a project-based freshman engineering course for engineering and other university students who want to explore engineering as a career path or for personal enrichment. He has written a textbook and a laboratory manual for the course "Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Systems: A PBL Approach." He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence at UALR, including the Donaghey Outstanding Teacher Award. He has also received recognition for research excellence from the chancellor and college. His research interest is in the general area of signal processing (analog/digital), and he is working on new approaches in inverter design and solar controller to improve efficiency of solar energy conversion. Another area of interest is engineering education research. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Canada, all degrees in electrical engineering.

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Design and Development of a PV Engineering Course: First Year Experience AbstractA CCLI Type I NSF proposal under the title ”Development of Novel Learning materialsfor Green Energy Education Centered around a PV Test Station” was awarded in August,2010 to develop expemplarary learning materials and laboratory modules for PVengineering at the undergraduate/graduate level. The paper discusses the draft of thecourse modules developed as of now, the laboratory facility and experimental projects,and student evaluation of the course modules through field-testing.With energy cost rising and the dangers of climate change due to energy-relatedgreenhouse effect, there has been a great national interest in renewable energy. Amongthe clean and green power sources, the photovoltaic solar power has the potential tosupply a significant fraction of electrical energy need. With the nation’s focus onrenewable energy and sustainability, people are paying serious attention to alternateenergy and this enthusiasm must be carried on to undergraduate engineering education.This project seeks to address such a challenge with contemporary courses on alternateenergy harnessing and electric smart grid (ESG). No readily available comprehensiveeducational materials currently exist for the topics. The course learning materials will beintegrated with hands-on laboratory experience. The paper will discuss:• An abridged version of twelve power-point chapters that have been developed and were field-tested through a special topic course.• The development and novelty of the laboratory facilities and the equipment procured.• Facility’s grid connectivity tied to a course on ESG (Electric Smart Grid).• Outreach summer activities with high school students centered on the solar course.• Students’ feedback of the course modules for refinement and improvement.

Patangia, H. C. (2012, June), Design and Development of a PV Engineering Course: First Year Experience Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21147

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