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Developing a Renewable Energy Technology Course for a Master of Technology (MTech) Program

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Renewable Energy in Classroom

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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24.388.1 - 24.388.10



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Omonowo David Momoh Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Omonowo (David) Momoh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer, Electrical and Information Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. He received the MSc and BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He worked for SIEMENS Nigeria Limited as an Electrical Power Project/Service Engineer from 1994 to 2000. His research interests include Electrical Power System Analysis, Electric Machine Drives, Renewable Energy Technology, and Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE.

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DEVELOPING A RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COURSE FOR A MASTER OF TECHNOLOGY (MTECH) PROGRAMAbstract:The needs for having a course on renewable energy technology continues to grow. This is afallout of the continuously shrinking global energy resources. The importance of creating acourse that will empower people with the knowledge of how to efficiently manage world’sdwindling finite energy resources cannot be over emphasized. As the world is confronted withan unprecedented energy crisis, there is the need for industry drivers to have fundamentalknowledge of energy systems operation/management. The Master in Technology (MTECH)program at Purdue University, Fort Wayne regional campus is designed to meet thetechnological man power needs of the industry within the North Eastern Indiana region andbeyond. The program has two tracks – Industrial Engineering Technology and InformationTechnology. Students are encouraged to take an elective in renewable energy technologycourse. This is to sharpen their knowledge/awareness on energy related issues since most ofthem are middle career technocrat in managerial positions in their various organizations.Energy being a prime mover of every establishment would be more efficiently and profitablyutilized when policy makers have adequate knowledge of the basics. In most cases, the profitmargin of an organization depends largely on how much is being spent on energy. With theknowledge acquired from the course, students are in ample position to determine types offeasible renewable energy sources available in their domain that could be harnessed tosupplement the conventional energy usage of their respective establishments. The renewableenergy technology course was designed for students with engineering technology and non-engineering technology backgrounds. The course was first taught in the Spring Semester of2011. It offers traditional and non-traditional methods of pedagogy. To add practical flavor tothe course, an excursion to a local renewable energy company is usually made. In 2011, theclass visited Water Furnace Incorporation, a geothermal based space heating / coolingcompany. This paper presents a detailed description of the various topics covered in the course,nature of projects given to students as well student evaluation of the course.

Momoh, O. D. (2014, June), Developing a Renewable Energy Technology Course for a Master of Technology (MTech) Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20279

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