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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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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.1194.1 - 26.1194.4



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Kathleen Alfano College of the Canyons

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Kathleen Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA and has served as the Director of the California Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) based at College of the Canyons since 1996. She directs and is Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) CREATE Renewable Energy Center of Excellence. As Director of CREATE, she is involved in efforts across the United States and internationally to define and implement credit technician curricula in many areas of renewable energy, including wind, solar, geothermal, and energy efficiency. In 2012 she served on the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration working group that developed the Renewable Energy Competency Model ( Dr Alfano also served as the only community college representative on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries which released their report in March 2013.

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NSF ATE Regional Center CREATE NSF ATE grant #1002653The California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in TechnologicalEducation (CREATE) was formed nineteen years ago as a joint consortium effort ofseven community colleges and over 55 high tech engineering technology employers todevelop a regional approach to the preparation and training of engineering technicians.Since its formation, CREATE has emerged as a major education-industry partnership andwas selected as one of only 40 National Science Foundation Advanced TechnologicalEducation Centers of Excellence funded nationally (NSF ATE Regional Center forRenewable Energy The goal of this ATE Regional Center,expanded to nine community colleges and high schools, is to address the demonstratedhigh demand for renewable energy technicians in southern and central California as amulti-County consortium. Additional funding from NSF has allowed the Center toinclude faculty development learning exchanges between renewable energy faculty inAustralia (2013) and Germany and Denmark (2014).Recent accomplishments have included: • Successfully planned and conducted a NSF supplemental grant (NSF 1345306) for a Renewable Energy faculty Learning Exchange between U.S. community college renewable energy faculty and German and Danish educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations in May and June of 2014. Products include dissemination by conference papers and webinar and group lesson learned papers by sector and participants plus on-line materials, including a blog series with the Boell Foundation. • Developed, implemented and disseminated curricula and workshops on the following subjects: Incorporating wind and solar mathematics exercises using MatLab; SCADA; Energy Systems Technologies; Energy Auditing; and a new on-line electronics series using wind technology examples. • Lompoc High School STaRs Academy has been named a California Lighthouse Academy (as mentor for other Partnership Academies) and we will report on their successful renewable energy camps for middle school students and girls only groups. • Kid Wind Teacher Workshops continue to be presented at Central and Southern California locations for middle and high school teachers and the resulting pre and post evaluation data showed a high degree of improvement in teacher content knowledge and attitude toward wind energy curriculum and teaching. • Kid Wind Student Regional Competitions were hosted with co-sponsorship from public schools and highest performing student teams raised funds to compete at the Kid Wind Student finals co-supported by CREATE, industry and KidWind at national Kid Wind Challenge at the USA Science and engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. at the end of April 2014. A CREATE team won the middle school national championship.• CREATE community colleges are collaborating to explore the introduction of energy auditing of their college campuses as part of their energy curricula, as is currently done at Lane Community College.

Alfano, K. (2015, June), NSF ATE Regional Center CREATE Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24531

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