June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.422.1 - 23.422.12
Development of a New Power Electronics Curriculum Relevant to Tomorrow's Power Engineering ChallengesThis paper presents the initial results of an effort to develop a new power electronics and electricmachines curriculum at two collaborating academic institutions, in a bid to enhance the relevanceof this subject to the undergraduate population. This is achieved via identifying the role ofpower electronics in addressing tomorrow’s grand engineering challenge of sustainable energyuse. This is a timely and important topic because of the increased demand for highly qualifiedpersonnel in the energy industry and the anticipated severe workforce shortage issue in theelectric power industry.Our pedagogical approach seeks to combine industrial-grade technology with collaborative andinteractive learning strategies. A problem-solving flavor is added in our teaching approach, asopposed to more traditionally structured lectures. We include research-based sequentialassignments and collaborative design projects to encourage student engagement inside andoutside of the classrooms. Our goal is to increase student self-discovery and to beinterdisciplinary with respect to both teaching and research. This educational approach providedadditional hands-on experiences to motivate students and help contextualize the course materials,and opportunities to explore a selected set of topics in greater depth.We describe our experiences in: (i) establishing a paradigm shifting approach to teach/learnfundamentals of power electronics in the context of several applications including renewableenergy conversion and transportation electrification; (ii) tailoring analytical/experimental tools toenhance active design/research-based learning using industrial-grade equipment; (iii)collaborating between two academic institutions with complementary expertise; and (iv)educating highly qualified personnel in an area of national significance.Course assessments were conducted on a regular basis by an external evaluator, under a thoroughevaluation plan that included formative and summative assessments. The assessment outcomesare presented, and plans for further course improvements are provided.
David, N., & Debnath, S., & Ahmed, M. A., & Aliprantis, D. C., & Saeedifard, M. (2013, June), Development of a New Power Electronics Curriculum Relevant to Tomorrow's Power Engineering Challenges Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19436
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