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Experience with Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Learning in Course and Laboratory Development

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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

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June 17, 2015





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Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Education

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26.716.1 - 26.716.11



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Richard Chiou Drexel University

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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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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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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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University


M. Eric Carr Drexel University Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Eric Carr is a full-time Laboratory Manager and part-time adjunct instructor with Drexel University’s Department of Engineering Technology. Eric assists faculty members with the development and implementation of various Engineering Technology courses. A graduate of Old Dominion University’s Computer Engineering Technology program and Drexel's College of Engineering, Eric enjoys finding innovative ways to use microcontrollers and other technologies to enhance Drexel’s Engineering Technology course offerings. Eric is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Engineering at Drexel, and is an author of several technical papers in the field of Engineering Technology Education.

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Regina Ruane Ph.D. Drexel University

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Experience with Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Learning in Course and Laboratory Development AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to share the experience and early results from an interdisciplinaryproject that integrates theory and practice in green energy manufacturing with course andlaboratory development. The project development links new topical courses concerningrenewable energy, clean energy, and energy efficiency with specialized laboratories that fusegreen energy into manufacturing engineering education. Two main components are used toincorporate sustainability into the green energy manufacturing project, including: (1) renewableenergy and (2) manufacturing energy efficiency. The paper presents how it establishes its long-term sustainability and support through a variety of mechanisms including the energy mission,the awards of federal grants, design projects, partnership, and online learning community. Thispaper also shows the development process, design and content of an interdisciplinarysustainability curriculum that integrates manufacturing with the green energy while enliveningcampus-community relationships through student projects. Capitalizing on the success of theimplementation of green energy manufacturing in the curriculum through the support of federalgrants since 2012, the quality of curriculum, course offerings, and laboratory facilities areimproved to meet the project mission. The project outcomes help prepare students to: applydiscipline-specific theory, conduct experiments, and use real-world experience to interpret,analyze, and solve current and emerging technical problems in green energy manufacturing.

Chiou, R., & Tseng, T. B., & Belu, R. G., & Mauk, M. G., & Carr, M. E., & Ruane, R. (2015, June), Experience with Enhancement of Green Energy Manufacturing Learning in Course and Laboratory Development Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24053

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