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Improvements In Electric Power Systems Curricula: Developing Continuous Improvement Plan

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Trends in Energy Conversion/Conservation

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10.727.1 - 10.727.9



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James Maxwell

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Frank Pietryga

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John Stratton

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Ilya Grinberg

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Session 3533

Improvements in Electric Power Systems Curricula: Developing Continuous Improvement Plan

Ilya Grinberg, John A. Stratton, Frank Pietryga, and James Maxwell

Buffalo State College/ Rochester Institute of Technology/ University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown/ Buffalo State College

Faculty at three universities in the New York / Pennsylvania region offer their engineering technology students required or elective sequences in electric power systems. The three institutions were each looking at possible changes to their respective courses to make them more relevant to the power systems industry which is struggling to assure reliable and economic delivery of power in the light of deregulation and the blackouts of the recent past.

The authors are looking at TC2K Criteria Elements, such as program educational objectives, program outcomes, assessment and evaluation, as well as program characteristics. All these components are compared between three universities. Methodology for continuous improvement is proposed based on the results of the study.

The four faculty compiled the results of the surveys and determined which input was most valuable to each university, comparing the various metrics which were available.

Materials Developed for TAC of ABET

Buffalo State College (BSC) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) were both re-visited by TAC of ABET in the Fall of 2004. Their materials are included from those used in the self-study process for their first TC2K visit. The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) has not yet been visited since TC2K has been in force. Their materials are based on their internal continuous improvement process.

Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s)

The TAC of ABET defines these as very general objectives which alumni should have achieved after a few years of employment in industry. The following is a summary of the PEO’s, which the EET programs at each of the three universities have included:

Program Educational Buffalo State College Rochester Institute of University of Pittsburgh Objective Technology at Johnstown Attained employment in Yes Yes Yes the field. Pursued Additional Not as such. Yes Stated as offering Formal Education and / opportunities at UPJ – or certification “lifelong learning process” Attained increasing Professional Success Yes As part of a basic levels of responsibility principle – “grow and and leadership in their develop” Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society of Engineering Education

Maxwell, J., & Pietryga, F., & Stratton, J., & Grinberg, I. (2005, June), Improvements In Electric Power Systems Curricula: Developing Continuous Improvement Plan Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14329

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