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Energy Sustainability in Transportation Systems: Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to 7th and 8th Graders

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Electrical Energy Courses, Labs, and Projects I

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.483.1 - 23.483.12



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Ona Egbue Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla MO

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Dr. Ona Egbue is a postdoctoral associate in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, a master's degree in Earth and Environmental Resource Management from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. Her research interests include alternative energy systems, sustainable infrastructure, and transportation systems management.

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Suzanna Long Missouri University of Science & Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Suzanna Long is an assistant professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri S&T and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Engineering Management, B.S. in Physics and in History (University of Missouri-Rolla) and an M.A. in History (University of Missouri-St. Louis). Her research focuses on sustainable infrastructure systems, including sustainability in global supply chains and transportation systems. She is a recognized expert in sociotechnical systems.

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Ean-Harn Ng Oregon State University

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Dr. Ean-Harn Ng is an instructor at Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include engineering economic analysis, performance measurement, organization behavior, engineering management, and engineering education.

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Energy Sustainability in Transportation Systems: Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to 7th and 8th GradersWide-scale consumer adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) can play a significant role inaddressing some of the energy problems faced by the U.S., including dependence on fossil fuels,climate change, and air pollution. One major obstacle to this technology is the shortage ofengineering talent in the U.S. needed for the advancement of electric drives vehicles. Thereforethere is need for more engineers in this field if the technology is to be sustainable. In this paperwe discuss a workshop designed to promote knowledge building in the area of sustainability andalternative energy use in transportation, and to stimulate greater interest in science, technology,engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects particularly in the field of alternative automotiveengineering. This workshop will take place on November 2, 2012, during “Expanding YourHorizons” (EYH) at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). The EYH is a seriesof hands-on workshops that attracts 7th and 8th grade girls with the aim of fostering interests inSTEM subjects and STEM careers. The workshop consists of two 20-25 minute sessions ofabout 25 students each and will focus on EVs particularly the supply chain of lithium which is akey component of lithium-ion batteries in EVs. These sessions are based on research conductedat S&T and are designed to make the potentially complicated topic easily understood andaccessible to these students. Surveys will be conducted before and after each session to evaluatethe students’ knowledge and perceptions of EVs and to determine the impact of the workshop.Some tools that will be used to engage the students include videos and simulations of EVs andthe supply chain of lithium. Early exposure to meaningful engineering experiences for thesemiddle school students may boost interest and the eventual pursuit of engineering andtechnology education paths. In addition, this exposure may increase the number of women, whoare currently a minority, in the STEM education pipeline.

Egbue, O., & Long, S., & Ng, E. (2013, June), Energy Sustainability in Transportation Systems: Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to 7th and 8th Graders Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19497

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