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Development and Implementation of Degree Programs in Electric Drive Vehicle Technology

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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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Engineering Technology Curriculum Issues

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Engineering Technology

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25.446.1 - 25.446.11



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Chih-Ping Yeh Wayne State University

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Chih-Ping Yeh received his B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Taiwan, M.S. degree in biomedical eEngineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Prior to joining Wayne State University, he worked as Senior System Engineer and Data Analysis Specialist in the defense industry. Currently, he is the Director and Chair of the Division of Engineering Technology at WSU. His current research interests are in electric drive vehicle technology and advanced energy storage, including advanced battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles. Yeh is also experienced in developing formal degree programs and professional development programs for incumbent engineers, community college instructors, and high school science and technology teachers. He is the PI and co-PI of several federal and state funded projects for course, curriculum, and laboratory development in advanced automotive technology.

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Gene Yeau-Jian Liao Wayne State University

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Y. Gene Liao is currently Director of the Electric Transportation Technology program and Associate Professor of engineering technology at Wayne State University. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from National Central University, Taiwan, a master's of mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a doctorate of engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has more than 15 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of multi-body dynamics, hybrid vehicle powertrain, advanced energy storage systems, and CAE applications in products development and manufacturing.

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William Stark Macomb Community College

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William D. Stark is the Director, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, at Macomb Community College. He is a former General Motors executive with extensive experience in powertrain engineering, global vehicle development, body, chassis, and manufacturing engineering. He has a background ranging from concept creation, analysis, business case management and design to vehicle development, tooling design and development, launch, marketing, and service. Bill received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in engineering science, management of technology, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Development and Implementation of Degree Programs in Electric Drive Vehicle TechnologyAbstractTo reduce the nation’s dependence on imported fossil energy as well as the environmentalimpact of petroleum-based vehicles, there is an urgent need to electrify a significant proportionof our vehicles. This transformation in the mode of “fueling” our vehicles requires skilledengineers, engineering technologists, and technicians with specific training and education inelectric drive vehicle technology and infrastructure. In 2009, the US Department of Energyawarded $39.1 million to nine universities and colleges and a professional association, throughthe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), for development and implementation ofAdvanced Electric Drive Vehicle education programs. Wayne State University in Detroit,Michigan, in partner with Macomb Community College and NextEnergy, a State of Michiganorganization to facilitate alternative energy technology development, was funded a $5 milliongrant to develop a comprehensive set of advanced educational programs, including a Master’sDegree in Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering (EVE), a Bachelor’s Degree in ElectricalTransportation Technology (ETT), Associate’s Degrees in Automotive Technology andElectronic Engineering Technology, with emphasis on Electric Drive Vehicles. The programsalso include certificates with Electric Vehicle Technology courses, an undergraduateconcentration and a graduate certificate program in EVE, and to simultaneously provide forgeneral public and consumer education. The goal of this integrated program is to provide a2+2+2 educational pathway for students seeking degrees and certificates, whether they arefresh out of high school or have already obtained a degree from a traditional engineering orapplied technology discipline and have been working. This paper presents the design of theprogram curriculum, development of undergraduate and graduate courses and the laboratories,implementation of the degree programs, and the outreach activities, including the SummerAcademy on HEV for community college students, professional development short courses inAdvanced Energy Storage for community college automotive instructors and K-12 science andtechnology teachers, and a national workshops to engage electric vehicle manufacturers,battery, electric components, fuel cell developers, and electric infrastructure companies.

Yeh, C., & Liao, G. Y., & Stark, W. (2012, June), Development and Implementation of Degree Programs in Electric Drive Vehicle Technology Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21204

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