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Design and Implementation of Solar PV Charging Stations for City of Huntsville Aquatic Center

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Energy Conversion and Conservation Division Technical Session 2: Solar Track

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Reg Pecen Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Reg Pecen is currently a Quanta Endowed Professor of the Department of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Pecen was formerly a professor and program chairs of Electrical Engineering Technology and Graduate (MS and Doctoral) Programs in the Department of Technology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Pecen served as 2nd President and Professor at North American University in Houston, TX from July 2012 through December 2016. He also served as a Chair of Energy Conservation and Conversion Division at American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Pecen holds a B.S in EE and an M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in EE from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He served as a graduate assistant and faculty at UW, and South Dakota State University. He served on UNI Energy and Environment Council, College Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and more than 50 publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Dr. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Dr. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. Dr. Pecen established solar electric boat R & D center at UNI where dozens of students were given opportunities to design solar powered boats. UNI solar electric boat team with Dr. Pecen’s supervision won two times a third place overall in World Championship on solar electric boating, an international competition promoting clean transportation technologies in US waters. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among 8 other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Dr. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing ten or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005.

He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Dr. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Dr. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He served as a Chair-Elect on ASEE ECC Division in 2011. He also served as a program chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Dr. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society in recognition of valuable contributions to the Solar Splash as 2011 and 2012 Event Coordinator. Dr. Pecen was formerly a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also represented UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Dr. Pecen taught Building Operator Certificate (BOC) classes for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri as well as the SPEER in Texas and Oklahoma to promote energy efficiency in industrial and commercial environments.

Dr. Pecen was recognized by State of Iowa Senate on June 22, 2012 for his excellent service and contribution to state of Iowa for development of clean and renewable energy and promoting diversity and international education since 1998.

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Keith L. Coogler Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Keith L. Coogler is an instructor of engineering technology at Sam Houston State University. He received a BS in Design & Development and holds a MA in Industrial Education and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. His primary teaching area is Construction Management. Research interests include: automation, electronics, alternative energy, and “green” construction.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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Ulan Dakeev Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Ulan Dakeev is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Sam Houston State University. His areas of research include Virtual & Augmented Reality, renewable energy (wind energy), quality in higher education, motivation, and engagement of students.

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Lance David Sebesta

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In addition to ABET-defined course objectives, goals and outcomes, senior design projects also serve as unique bridges between the academia and the communities. Residents at _________ Aquatic Center, a city owned recreation center, have had lacked satisfactory shaded areas particularly when they waited for their children or friends while swimming classes were in session. The residents also needed an easy access to AC outlets for charging their smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices. This paper presents design, construction and operation of two separate solar Photovoltaic (PV) charging stations at the ___________ Aquatic Center as part of a senior design course requirements in a B.S. in Engineering Technology program. 3D sketches, electrical circuits, Gantt charts, and bill of materials are provided. This senior project initially began with four undergraduate students with multidisciplinary engineering technology majors in Fall 2019, then extended to Spring 2020 due to the scope of the project, and finally completed in August 2020 by two different senior students due to the graduations and Covid-19 pandemic related challenges. The funding for the project was provided by the City of __________ , and faculty and students involved in the senior design project served for community outreach purposes.

There are two objectives of this senior design project; (1) to provide limited shading for guests and staff members in the aquatic center, (2) to help city of __________ for improving its sustainability efforts by providing a renewable energy based charging stations. The PV charging stations have been used by aquatic center guests extensively both during the day and evening programs since the charging stations also provide lighting through deep-cycle battery storage. This senior project provided students to use their knowledge and increase hands on and project management skills in a real-life environment. Students worked in the project were majored in design and development, construction management, safety management, and electronics and computer engineering technology in the department of engineering technology. They were also involved in professional meetings with city officials to present their project progress efforts. The city officials expressed their strong interest to work with B.S. in engineering technology senior students and faculty to design and implement further renewable energy projects in future.

Pecen, R., & Coogler, K. L., & Yildiz, F., & Dakeev, U., & Sebesta, L. D. (2021, July), Design and Implementation of Solar PV Charging Stations for City of Huntsville Aquatic Center Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36911

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