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Developments of a General Education Course to Broaden the Knowledge of College Students in Renewable Energy and Sustainability

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Subjects in Renewable Energy and ET

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Engineering Technology

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26.542.1 - 26.542.8



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Kenan Baltaci University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Kenan Baltaci is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout, in the Electrical Engineering
Technology Department. He received B.S. in electrical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University
in Turkey. Following, a master’s degree and doctoral degree in industrial technology was granted
from University of Northern Iowa.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University


Andy S. Peng University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Andy S. Peng is an assistant professor with Computer Engineering Program in Engineering and Technology Department at University of Wisconsin - Stout since January 2014. Andy S. Peng is also a systems engineer staff at Lockheed Martin MST since November 2005. From May 2003 to April 2004, Andy held a graduate research intern position with Aerospace Electronic System (AES) group at Honeywell International Inc. From July 1999 to July 2002, Andy held hardware design, sustaining, and test engineering positions at Dell Inc. In the summer of 1998, Andy was a summer research fellow with the Mayo Clinic.
Andy S. Peng received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota, in 2010 and 2004, respectively. He received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Texas Tech University in 1999. His research interests include computer networks, network performance evaluation, network modeling and simulation, wireless sensor network, and engineering education.

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Ulan Dakeev University of Michigan, Flint

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Dr. Ulan Dakeev is currently a faculty of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan-Flint. His areas of research include renewable energy (wind energy), quality in higher education, motivation, and engagement of students.

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Developments of a General Education Course to Broaden the Knowledge of College Students in Renewable Energy and Sustainability As technology advances continually, it becomes an indispensable part of our personal andsocietal life with its significant benefits. On the down side, it increases our dependency to limitedenergy sources and threatens our world as we know it with climate change and environmentalpollution. It effects every individual`s life more or less regardless nationality, gender, race, andoccupation. This fact is closely related with the purpose of general education that is arequirement for college students in our modern education system. It aims to not only a majorspecialization, but also gaining universal skills and knowledge in many diverse areas to meetlife`s wide-ranging challenges intelligently and creatively. Today, industry and business needs graduates in all majors across-the-board that haveprofound knowledge about energy, technology, and the environment, and sustainability topics.Not only that can understand the complex relationship between these topics and can analyze andevaluate problems and offer best possible solution to these problems in many different fields. The purpose of this paper is to report development of a renewable energy andsustainability course in detail as well as the assessment plan for the course. The proposed coursedesigned as general education course. This course does not have any prerequisite and open tostudents from all major as a general education elective. The course combination of lecture,reading discussions, case studies, and demonstrations. Class content includes extensive review ofvarious renewable energy resources, economic and environmental analyses of renewable energysystems, and the effect of politics and government regulation on the renewable energies.

Baltaci, K., & Yildiz, F., & Peng, A. S., & Dakeev, U. (2015, June), Developments of a General Education Course to Broaden the Knowledge of College Students in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23880

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