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Energy Engineering: Development Of A New Senior Elective Course

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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New Ideas in Energy Education

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9.532.1 - 9.532.8



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Sunil Appanaboyina

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Kendrick Aung

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Session 2533

Energy Engineering: Development of a New Senior Elective Course

Kendrick Aung

Department of Mechanical Engineering Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 77710


Energy engineering is a multi-disciplinary course encompassing thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering economics, energy conversion and conservation, and pollutant emissions. This paper describes the development of an undergraduate elective course, energy engineering, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University. Both conventional and alternative energy resources are covered in the course. Design aspects of energy conversion devices such as gas turbines and photovoltaic cells and contemporary topics such as distributed power generation, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and environmental impacts caused by energy generation and consumption are introduced in the course. The paper provides the contents of the course in details: textbooks, reference materials, course topics, web resources, computational tools, exams, and group projects. The results of the course outcome assessment based on student surveys are also provided.


Energy affects the lives of everyone in so many ways, economically, technically, and environmentally. Thus, integration of energy and its many aspects such as energy conservation technologies and environmental impacts of energy generation, in the educational curriculum of science, technology, and engineering students is essential. In order to address this need, a new elective course, Energy Engineering, was developed and implemented in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lamar University. The course was designed in order to demonstrate how knowledge from junior level thermal/fluid science classes could be used to design and develop energy systems. The course topics and contents were based on similar courses at other universities1-3. However, more emphasis was placed on the design procedure and calculations related to different energy systems in order to increase the design contents of the course as required by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students were also encouraged to use web-based resources and computational tools to carry out analysis and design calculations. This paper describes the design and implementation of this new course, Energy Engineering, in details.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Appanaboyina, S., & Aung, K. (2004, June), Energy Engineering: Development Of A New Senior Elective Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13245

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