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Development of a Course in Energy Management for Engineering and Technology Programs

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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ECCD Innovations in Energy Engineering & Technology

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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26.519.1 - 26.519.13



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Radian G Belu University of Alaska Anchorage

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Dr. Radian Belu is Associate Professor within Electrical Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA. He is holding one PHD in power engineering and other one in physics. Before joining to University of Alaska Anchorage Dr. Belu hold faculty, research and industry positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for non-conventional energy conversion, remote sensing, wave and turbulence, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published ten book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting, renewable energy, microgrids, wave and turbulence, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is an associate professor of Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering (concentration on manufacturing systems and decision sciences) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1993 and 1995 respectively and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1999. Dr. Tseng is also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer from Society of Manufacturing Engineers since 2002. Dr. Tseng is specialized data mining, knowledge management, decision sciences and statistical analysis, specifically in the area of IBDSS. Over the years, he has served as principle investigators sponsored by NSF, NIST, NASA, DoEd, , KSEF and industry like LMC, GM and Tyco Inc.

Dr. Tseng delivered research results to many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, IIE Proceedings, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Expert Systems with Applications and Computer Standards & Interfaces and other conferences (over 160 refereed publications. Moreover, he was listed in the “Who’s Who in America” for his achievement in 2005 and he also received 2009 and 2013 University Research Awards at University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces (CSI) and editor boards of International Journal of Data Mining, Modeling and Management (JDMMM) and American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM). He is currently a Senior Member of IIE and SME and is actively involved in several consortia activities.

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Lucian Ionel Cioca "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Romania

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Lucian Ionel CIOCA received the M.Sc. in Machine Tools (1993) and B.Sc. in Occupational Safety, Health and Work Relations Management (2010). In 2002, he becomes Dr. Eng. (Ph.D degree) of Petrosani University, Romania and now he is professor at "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu - Romania, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Romania. His teaching subjects are Ergonomics, Management, Human Resources Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Production Systems Engineering. His research fields of interest are linked with the impact of the knowledge based society upon the social / human dynamics / evolution and the production systems. He regularly publishes and participates on international scientific conferences. Lucian Cioca is the Administrator of the LBUS Department of Consulting, Training and Lifelong Learning, Doctoral Advisor in Engineering and Management, Member of the National Council for Attestation of Academic Titles, Diplomas and Certificates, evaluator ARACIS (The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), and other (email: lucian.cioca@ulbsibiu).

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Development of a course in energy management for engineering and technology programsThe energy management field is experiencing unprecedented growth, due to the restructuring ofthe utility industry, the automation of building management systems, and increasing demand forenergy services. There is a growing need for executives with skills in energy, environmental, andfacilities management. This paper presents the development of an undergraduate course in thearea of energy management and industrial energy systems. The objective of this course is tostudy energy management methods, procedures and functions as performed in modernresidential, commercial and industrial facilities. "Energy management" is a broad term that has anumber of different meanings, but, in broad terms, it is about managing available resources tomake the most efficient use of energy. Courses with "energy management" in their names ordescriptions often cover broader environmental and economic issues as well the implementationof practical solutions. Energy Studies and Energy Management are all about how to make thebest use of our present and future energy sources. They address critical economic andenvironmental problems due to energy use by considering the technical, economic and socialfactors that affect the demand for energy. Our course is focusing more on technical andengineering aspects of energy management. The course aims are to train students to use processintegration methods and tools necessary for identifying and designing efficient industrial energysystems that contribute to sustainable development. The paper describes course contents and theutilization of computer programs to enhance student comprehension of the concepts involved.Typical homework assignments are described to illustrate the utilization of the computerprograms. The course addresses use of methods to identify the cost-optimal mix of differentenergy process technologies to satisfy a given process energy demand. Technical energy systemsencountered in the course include electrical, thermal, and mechanical energy systems.

Belu, R. G., & Chiou, R., & Tseng, T. B., & Cioca, L. I. (2015, June), Development of a Course in Energy Management for Engineering and Technology Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23858

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