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Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Engineering Education Through Project-based Learning and Leadership Workshops

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Education

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26.655.1 - 26.655.24



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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Richard Chiou Drexel University


Radian G. Belu University of Alaska Anchorage

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Dr. Radian Belu is Associate Professor within Electrical Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA. He is holding one PHD in power engineering and other one in physics. Before joining to University of Alaska Anchorage Dr. Belu hold faculty, research and industry positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for non-conventional energy conversion, remote sensing, wave and turbulence, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published ten book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting, renewable energy, microgrids, wave and turbulence, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Oscar H. Salcedo University of Texas, El Paso

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Bachelors of Science in Mech Engineering, Master of Arts in Political Science, currently pursuing PhD degree in Engineering Education. Director of Corporate Relations for College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Coordinator for the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems.

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Aditya Akundi University of Texas, El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) track. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2012. He has worked on a number of projects in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Green Energy Manufacturing. He is the current president of INCOSE UTEP student chapter along with being involved in UTEP Green Fund committee. His research interests are in Systems Engineering & Architecture, Complex systems, Systems testing and Application of Entropy to Complex Systems.

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Eric D. Smith University of Texas, El Paso

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Eric D. Smith is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), He works within the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department, in particular with the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 1994, an M.S. in Systems Engineering in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2006 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His dissertation research lay at the interface of systems engineering, cognitive science, and multi-criteria decision making. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern California University School of Law.

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Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Engineering Education through Project Based Learning and Leadership WorkshopsThis paper describes enhancement of green energy and manufacturing subjects using a projectbased learning and leadership workshops as an educational strategy in a new manufacturingengineering program. There are a number of challenges facing green energy manufacturing fromindustrial perspective. For example, green energy manufacturing is a complex and technology-concentrated set of processes; therefore, it requires a very specialized and experienced workforce.In this paper, a LEGO based project and various “Green Energy Manufacturing (GEM)” leadershipworkshops which are used to enhance student’s professional success are introduced. Basically, asemester long GEM project using LEGO and a few general and technical leadership workshopswere arranged and delivered during the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering(IMSE) Day. The paper is aimed at integrating green energy into the manufacturing engineeringcurriculum and to cultivate leaders in the field among minority and female engineering students.Successful completion of the course will lead to excellence in green energy and advancedengineering education.

Tseng, T. B., & Chiou, R., & Belu, R. G., & Salcedo, O. H., & Akundi, A., & Smith, E. D. (2015, June), Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Engineering Education Through Project-based Learning and Leadership Workshops Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23993

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