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Electric Power Systems Education for Multidisciplinary Engineering Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Programs and Curricula

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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24.467.1 - 24.467.13



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Aaron M. Cramer University of Kentucky

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Aaron M. Cramer received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Senior Engineer with PC Krause and Associates, West Lafayette. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Kentucky. His research interests modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of electric machines, drive systems, power electronics, and control systems.

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Lawrence Holloway University of Kentucky

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Professor and Chair of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, and Director of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK).

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Electric Power Systems Education for Multidisciplinary Engineering StudentsNew challenges associated with power and energy and a rapidly retiring workforce have createda great demand for power and energy engineers from across engineering disciplines. Within thiscontext, a multidisciplinary engineering program in power and energy has been created. Amotivating observation guiding this program is that exposure to multidisciplinary ideas withinthe power and energy field will better prepare engineers from all disciplines for the types ofmultidisciplinary problems that they will encounter in their careers. As part of this program, asenior-/graduate-level course in electric power system fundamentals was created. This course is acore course within the power and energy program and is an option for undergraduate studentsand a requirement for graduate students studying within the program, including those who arenot electrical engineers. Therefore, this course is intended for engineering students studyingelectrical engineering as well as those studying in other engineering disciplines. The fundamentalchallenge associated with this course is how to achieve the correct balance between sufficienttechnical rigor for an upper-level electrical engineering student and appropriate level for studentswith little electrical engineering coursework, a challenge that is significantly different than thoseexperienced in teaching lower-level engineering courses to students in different disciplines. Theways in which this challenge has shaped course outcomes, prerequisites, textbook selection, andcourse structure are presented. Course assessment data (including instructor assessment andstudent self-assessment) as well as anecdotal evidence of how well this challenge is being metare discussed and analyzed. In particular, the performance of electrical engineering students andstudents from other engineering disciplines is compared for the various course outcomes.Lessons learned from offering this course and recommendations for other programs consideringinclusion of engineers from disciplines outside of electrical engineering in upper-level powersystems courses are presented.

Cramer, A. M., & Holloway, L. (2014, June), Electric Power Systems Education for Multidisciplinary Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20358

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