June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.727.1 - 24.727.10
Inclusion of Renewable Energy Topics in the Design of Experiments Course for Industrial and Systems Engineering StudentsAs a branch of engineering, industrial and systems engineering (ISE) deals with thedesign and management of complex processes or systems. It is an interdisciplinary fieldthat involves the analysis and optimization of the way of integrating various resourcessuch as people, finance, information, equipment, energy, and materials. Statistics showthat ISE graduates are very popular in job markets and many of them end up in the high-end consulting and management positions. The success of the ISE graduates in jobmarkets is due largely to their wide and rapidly evolving knowledge base. Design ofexperiments (DOE) is a general method to identify the influences of various variations onthe systems or processes. It has very broad applications and it is also traditionally afundamental course offered to students in various ISE programs across the Americanuniversities. This paper presents a recent effort at a research university in the U.S. tointegrate renewable energy topics into the traditional DOE course to help ISE studentsupdate their knowledge base and foster environmental responsibility and sustainabilityawareness in their future career. A new topic related to the manufacturing of a specificrenewable energy, cellulosic biofuel, has been integrated into an eight-week courseproject session. Course-end evaluation and survey have shown a significant increase ofinterest in energy security and sustainability among students in the course. The studentshave been theoretically and practically more prepared with the DOE tools for theevolving job market of green energy manufacturing.
Wang, Y., & Li, L. (2014, June), Inclusion of Renewable Energy Topics in the Design of Experiments Course for Industrial and Systems Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20619
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