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Enhance Interdisciplinary Collaboration And Graduate Education By Applying Geospatial Technologies In Practical Applications

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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12.661.1 - 12.661.10



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Jin Zhu University of Northern Iowa

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MD salim University of Northern Iowa

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Ali Kashef University of Northern Iowa

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Recayi 'Reg' Pecen

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Kenan Baltaci

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Enhance Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Graduate

Education by Applying Geospatial Technologies in Practical


I. Introduction

Geospatial technologies have been used in various applications, such as homeland security, transportation incident analysis, GPS-enabled agriculture management, or water quality monitoring. In some universities, the geospatial technologies have been taught and used in different departments, including engineering technology, geography, construction, agriculture, environmental sciences, and construction planning1,2. However, the faculty in our Industrial Technology Department was not exposed to the widely expanding GIS/GPS technologies.

The University of Northern Iowa 2006 Carver Graduate Education Summer Institute (sponsored by Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust) provided an opportunity to faculty members to be exposed to the geospatial technologies. The geospatial technology is used as a vehicle to enhance the interdisciplinary faculty collaboration, and graduate education and research. This Summer Institute also provided an opportunity to establish effective mechanisms for communicating advances and cooperation in geospatial technology and novel GIS applications in a wide range of research areas. The authors attended the 2006 Carver Summer Institute, and have integrated the geospatial technologies in graduate education and research.

The research project discussed in this paper is on the investigation of potential electric power generation capabilities and determination of appropriate windmill sites by using GIS, and spatial analysis technologies. With the increasing demand for energy in the world, and soaring fuel price, investors and industry are increasingly interested in alternative energy sources, particularly green power. Therefore, the information on the prospective wind turbine sites and the estimated average energy production from each location are of our interests. The State of Iowa will be used as a test bed. Three faculty members with different background (Electrical and Information Engineering Technology, Construction Management, and Technology Management respectively) are involved in the project. The issues from the aspects of construction, planning/safety, and engineering economy have been considered to determine the suitable locations for wind turbines. Graduate students have also been engaged in this project. .

Zhu, J., & salim, M., & Kashef, A., & Pecen, R. R., & Baltaci, K. (2007, June), Enhance Interdisciplinary Collaboration And Graduate Education By Applying Geospatial Technologies In Practical Applications Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2612

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