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EE Students Complete Photovoltaic R&D for Industry in Electrical Engineering Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Innovative Instructional Strategies and Curricula in ECE I

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Electrical and Computer

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22.528.1 - 22.528.10



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Chris C Delia Jr. Rowan University

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Peter Mark Jansson P.E. Rowan University

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John L. Schmalzel P.E. Rowan University

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Carlos Daniel Barreiro


Kevin Anthony Whitten Rowan University

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Kevin Anthony Bellomo-Whitten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 22, 1988. He moved to Cape May, New Jersey in 1989, where he attended all of his schooling. Upon completion of high school, Kevin was accepted to Rowan University's College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He had the pleasure of traveling to England in 2009 for a course in Sustainable Design in Engineering, where his interest in renewable energy systems began to grow. Kevin has now completed his Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and work for Ray Angelini, Inc. as a Solar Design Engineer, and hopes to continue on at Rowan University towards completing his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a core in renewable energy systems.

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EE Students Complete Photovoltaic R&D for Industry in Electrical Engineering Curriculum__________ University is committed to giving its undergraduate engineering students an earlyexperience in real world situations as part of its electrical and computer engineering curriculum.Through the participation of Industrial Affiliates _____ University is able to get theirundergraduate students involved in the innovation of cutting edge renewable energy research anddesign. During the 2010-2011 academic year Kaneka Corporation of Osaka, Japan sponsored theinstallation of a photovoltaic (PV) system test bed located at _____ University’s _______ Hall,utilizing Kaneka’s new “Hybrid” amorphous modules. The installation required that all work becompleted in accordance with local laws and codes as well as be designed for optimal arrayoutput. Working in an engineering clinic environment, modeled on the medical school model,students were charged with design and installation of this system to meet any necessary politicaland design specifications. This involved every aspect of design, including obstruction shadinganalysis, PV array layout, single-line design, purchasing of equipment, as well as submittals for_________ University and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) approval.Through this engineering clinic model, students learned all the inner workings behind how a PVarray goes from concept to reality, ending with a finished product for the customer.

Delia, C. C., & Jansson, P. M., & Schmalzel, J. L., & Barreiro, C. D., & Whitten, K. A. (2011, June), EE Students Complete Photovoltaic R&D for Industry in Electrical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17809

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