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Development and Implementation of a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Management

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Curricular Developments in Energy Education I

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.467.1 - 22.467.11



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Andrew L. Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, director of the LTU Thermal Science Laboratory, coordinator of the Certificate in Energy & Environmental Management and Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical Engineering, and member of the ASME PTC committee on Air-Cooled Condensers.

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Robert W. Fletcher Lawrence Technological University

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Robert W. Fletcher joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2003, after several years of continuous industrial research, product development and manufacturing experience.

Dr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington, a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University, in Southfield, Michigan, and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering focusing on Electrochemical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

He teaches a number of alternative energy courses and is leading LTU's efforts to establish a full energy engineering program that addresses both alternative and renewable energy systems, as well as energy conservation and optimization of traditional energy systems. He also is the Director of the Alternative Energy program at Lawrence Tech.

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Development and Implementation of a Certificate in Energy and Environmental ManagementAbstractEnergy management and the related environmental issues are becoming major cost factorsthroughout industry. Therefore the demand for energy and environmental managers has risen.In addition, the rapid emergence of global industrial energy demands have promoted thenecessity for advanced education in the field to help energy producers and users maintainsustainable operations. The few current energy certificate programs are quite broad, butunfortunately they lack the environmental issues that must be addressed and the technical depththat a university can offer. Consequently, Lawrence Technological University developed andimplemented a program to become a certified energy and environmental manager.As mentioned, the Certificate in Energy and Environmental Management (CEEM) combines aknowledge base of not only energy management, but also the management of environmentalimpact. Based on benchmarking of other energy management certificates, feedback from anIndustrial Advisory Board, and advice from CEEM alumni working in the industry, the CEEMrequires successfully completing two 3 credit hour courses (45 meeting hours each) that includemultiple real-world projects, successful completion of a certification exam that is not simplymultiple choice, and 12 months of work experience or training in the energy management and/orenvironmental management field. Completion of these steps will properly assess a candidate'sknowledge and ability to apply the subject matter. The paper will explain the development of thecertificate, requirements for student admission, and details of the course content and projectwork. Examples of the experiential component required to earn the CEEM will be included. Inaddition, the success of the program will be explained via the employment record of studentsupon graduation from the CEEM program.

Gerhart, A. L., & Fletcher, R. W. (2011, June), Development and Implementation of a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Management Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17748

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