San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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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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