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Implementing Engineering And Technical Education To Support Florida’s 21 St Century Energy Sector

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15.682.1 - 15.682.9



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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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RICHARD GILBERT is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at
the University of South Florida. He is a co-pi on the FL-ATE Center Grant. He has developed
educational materials for ISA (Instrument Society of America), AVS (American Vacuum
Society) Science Educator’s Workshop, and the National Science Foundation through a grant to
develop high school science and math curriculum content. He is currently working with D. L.
Jamerson Elementary School to develop curriculum content for its Center for Math and
Engineering. Dr. Gilbert has over 20 patents for biomedical equipment and protocols.

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Marilyn Barger Hillsborough Community College


Timothy Anderson University of Florida

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TIM ANDERSON is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, which he joined after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. He is editor of the Chemical Engineering Education journal and served as director of the NSF SUCCEED Engineering Education Coalition. He is recipient of the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education (AIChE), ConocoPhillips Lectureship, Benjamin J. Dasher Award, and Union Carbide Lectureship Award (ASEE), and is a Fellow of ASEE. His discipline research interests are in electronic materials processing.

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Sheryl Awtonomow Brevard Community College

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Sheryl Awtonomow is a Director of Career and Technical Programs at Brevard Community College, Brevard County, Florida since 2005. She earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems at Rollins College and an M.S. in Information Studies at Florida State University. Her career at Brevard Community College spans 24 years, where she supported academic programs in the Information Technology Department before accepting her current position coordinating all aspects of career and technical programs related to Computer Science, Engineering, Drafting and Graphics Technology. She served as a contributor of a Florida Department of Education publication Greenforce Florida: Alternative Energy Workforce Profile.

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Yogi Goswami University of South Florida

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Dr. D. Yogi Goswami is the John and Naida Ramil Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and Co-Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida. He conducts fundamental and applied research on Solar Thermal Energy, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, HVAC, Photovoltaics, Hydrogen, and Fuel Cells. Dr. Goswami has served as an advisor and given testimonies on energy policy and the transition to renewable energy to the US Congress and the Government of India, as well as providing consultant expertise to the US Department of Energy, USAID, World Bank, NIST, among others. Professor Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief of the Solar Energy journal, and Advances in Solar Energy: Annual Review of Research and Development. Within the field of Renewable Energy he has published as an author and editor. He holds several patent in the field.

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Implementing Engineering and Technical Education to Support Florida’s 21st Century Energy Sector

Abstract As the intensity of attention on optimizing energy generation and use as well as bringing renewable energy technologies into all aspects of mainstream life increases, the need for engineering and implementing technical professionals to support the 21st Century energy age is also apparent. In 2008, Florida’s legislature directed the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), and the State’s University and State College systems to develop applied research and specific technical education pathways to allow Florida to meet its 2020 energy generation and demand criteria. The current strategy is entertaining a mix of conventional, nuclear, solar and bio-fuels for generation and a range of options to make Florida “green” within a “smart” grid. In that same legislative action, the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for Florida (FLATE) was commissioned to determine the expected skills that would be needed to support this new energy reality. Part of this assignment is to find the common skills that will cross various alternate energy technologies and assess the current and projected status of curriculum for such engineering and technical education. The strategy that FLATE and FESC developed for providing the formal technical education to cover this skill set at various levels within the Florida university, state college, and community college systems will be discussed. Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) FESC was created by the Florida State legislature in 2008 to promote collaboration among the energy experts at its 11 supported universities to share energy-related expertise. The consortium assists the state in the development and implementation of an environmentally compatible, sustainable, and efficient energy strategic plan. The Consortium was charged to “perform research and development on innovative energy systems that lead to alternative energy strategies, improved energy efficiencies, and expanded economic development for the state” (5). The legislature appropriated funding for research at six of the universities as well as support for education, outreach, and technology commercialization. The Consortium reports to and supports the Florida Energy and Climate Commission in developing and implementing the State’s energy and climate agenda (1).

The Consortium’s energy research strategy is a systems approach for a systemic solution to identify innovation opportunities, prepare an energy workforce, and guide economic development. Through collaborative research and development across the State University System and the industry as well as partnership with FLATE as the conduit to the state college and community college system, the goal of the consortium is to become a world leader in energy research, education, technology, and energy systems and analysis. In so doing, the consortium shall:

Gilbert, R., & Barger, M., & Anderson, T., & Awtonomow, S., & Goswami, Y. (2010, June), Implementing Engineering And Technical Education To Support Florida’s 21 St Century Energy Sector Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16964

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