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Educating Our Students To Use Advanced Computer Application Software Tools For Modeling, Design, And Simulation Of Energy Distribution Network

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Trends in Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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11.507.1 - 11.507.10



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Saeed Monemi California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

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Dr. Saeed Monemi is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. He is teaching a broad range of Undergraduate and Graduate level courses in electrical and computer engineering. His research areas are: Algorithms and Complex Computations, Energy Management Environments,, Software Engineering and Robotics. Before that, Dr. Monemi was Senior Associate Research Faculty, and Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University, where he conducted research in the areas of Model Integrated Computing, Diagnostics, and Fault Management Analysis.

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Educating our students to use advanced computer application software tools for Modeling, Design, and Simulation of Energy Distribution Network


This paper will present a new course organization and contents, and covers topics on educating and teaching our students on how to use advanced computer application software in classroom and laboratory environment to learn and improve their ideas for modeling, simulation, and design of energy distribution systems, especially in the areas of power distribution network. Advanced computer applications will be used for teaching and research in the areas of residential, industrial and commercial systems. The paper will focus on teaching and learning, and covers such areas as course development, organization and content; laboratory equipment and experiments; design concepts and ideas; software tools available; and the student projects. The proper application design using current industry standards and available software will be targeted for teaching.

Rationale for developing a new course

Some major concerns being faced by teaching courses and laboratories in the areas of energy distribution network particularly in the area of power distribution network. Some of these concerns are:

1) Not enough practical hands-on software tools are introduced to the students; and 2) How do we teach our students to model the power distribution network grid system; and 3) How to design and simulate the power distribution network system; and 4) How do we provide as set of decision support tools; and 5) Learn how to better use these software tools so that for example you can affordably and effectively manage outages in the energy distribution networks, given decreasing resources; and 6) Learn how to cost-effectively integrate existing information systems so that they work collectively to support business activities such as diagnosis, scheduling and repair planning.

Course Objectives

The course will focus on fundamental and selected advanced topics for Energy Distribution Network (EDN) management, in particular power distribution network, including system modeling, system integration, information fusion, and criteria in data base selection and design. The objectives will prepare the students with sufficient background for the concepts of EDN management, with enough hands-on experience to model and manage any EDN system, and with enough theoretical background to do independent study and research on EDN system related topics.

Monemi, S. (2006, June), Educating Our Students To Use Advanced Computer Application Software Tools For Modeling, Design, And Simulation Of Energy Distribution Network Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1302

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