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Integrating Research in Sustainable Energy and the Environment Across Disciplines through an NSF-funded REU Site

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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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Multidisciplinary Engineering Division Poster Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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26.992.1 - 26.992.8



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Hua Li Texas A&M University-Kingsville Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Hua Li, an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is interested in sustainable manufacturing, renewable energy, sustainability assessment, and engineering education. Dr. Li has served as P.I. and Co-P.I. in different projects funded by NSF, DOEd, DHS, and HP, totaling more than 2.5 million dollars.

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Mohamed Abdelrahman Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Dr. Abdelrahman is currently the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. Dr. Abdelrahman has a diverse educational and research background. His research expertise is in the design of intelligent measurement systems, sensor fusion, and control systems. He has been active in research with more than 80 papers published in refereed journals and conferences. He has been the principal investigator on several major research projects on industrial applications of sensing and Control, with focus on Energy Efficiency. He is a senior member of IEEE, ISA, and a member of ASEE.

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Integrating Research in Sustainable Energy and the Environment across Disciplines through a NSF funded REU SiteThis REU Site supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of EngineeringEducation and Centers is designed to develop and implement a model environment formultidisciplinary collaborative efforts where research and education are tightly integrated aroundthe different facets of energy research. It seeks to provide an impactful summer researchexperience in the emerging field of sustainable energy and expand research opportunities forunderrepresented students. This will enable them to understand their own levels of aptitude andinterest in a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and give themthe tools to prepare for the next stage in their education and career development. It features a 10-week interdisciplinary team approach to mentor students on energy research projects, with threespecific objectives: 1) to provide research opportunities in the different aspects of sustainableenergy research to undergraduate students, especially Hispanic, African-American, and women;2) to increase the number of underrepresented students who participate in graduate education; and3) to use the REU site for building collaborative links among faculty and students from differentdepartments within the college of engineering. Through participation in cutting-edge researchwith faculty mentors working at the forefront of their respective disciplines, students will engagein complex scientific studies on sustainable energy research topics.The program is structured to teach students how to formulate research questions as well as how todevelop and modify research plans with the guidance of their research mentors. Students willlearn to work independently and to collaborate with other group members as they conductresearch in specific topics in energy research. Students will report and present their researchresults in multiple settings. In addition to the hands-on collaborative research experience,technical and social activities will be incorporated into the program to provide students with asolid foundation in analytical, writing, and presentation skills and to enhance interactions betweenREU students and faculty mentors. The research, educational, and career mentorship provided bythe program is envisioned to stimulate the students to look at their academic work in a new lightand to provide a spark for possible careers in academic research or industrial innovation.Participating students will tackle various topics of energy research, interact with faculty mentorsand students from different engineering departments, and develop a holistic perspective of energyresearch.

Li, H., & Abdelrahman, M. (2015, June), Integrating Research in Sustainable Energy and the Environment Across Disciplines through an NSF-funded REU Site Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24329

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