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Pipeline Development of Skilled Students in Advanced Control Systems

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Energy Conversion and Conservation Division Technical Session 5

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Ahmed Cherif Megri North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ahmed C. Megri is an Associate Professor of engineering. He received his HDR (Dr. Habilitation) in Engineering Sciences, from Marie and Pierre Curie University, Paris VI (Sorbonne Universities), in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Thermal Engineering, from Lyon Institute of Technology in 1995. He wrote more than 100 papers in the journal and international conferences. His research interests include thermal and mechanical modeling and simulation of materials. He participates in multiple projects, including the Development of a Model for The Metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Process. Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri was the chair of the NCAT CAM’s Education subcommittee. He contributed to the outreach CAM since 2015. He is currently, responsible for the outreach program for the STEAM's research project.

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Sameer Hamoush P.E. North Carolina A&T State University

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Professor and Chair of Civil and Architectural Engineering Department

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Building Automation System (BAS) is a part of the HVAC system of the University. It is used to monitor and save energy through energy performance contracting with Noresco and Johnson Controls. Recently, the HVAC lab installations (HVAC System, AHUs, VAVs box, and even window air-conditioner) were integrated to the BAS system of University, to be part of the students’ education. BAS is the foundation of modern building energy management efficiency. Basically, a central system, intelligent Metasys BAS software, connects the HVAC, lighting, security and protection systems and enabling them to communicate on a single platform to deliver the information needed by the energy manager, allowing them to make smarter, savvier decisions while enhancing occupants’ comfort, safety and productivity. Within the HVAC systems, multiple devices, related to the BAS, such as Network Automation Engines (NAE), Input/output Modules (IOMs), Controllers, Network Control Engines, TEC Thermostat Controllers, Variable Air Volume Modular Assemblies (VMAs) System, are connected to the HVAC to perform the decision taken by the manager, as well as to deliver and collect the information related to the basic function of the systems. The Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes of the HVAC lab are to learn the basic HVAC System Calculations; Introduce students to the proper and safe use of equipment that measures temperature, flow, pressure, humidity, voltage, amperage, and power consumption; Providing students with experience in measuring variables associated with heating and cooling processes; Providing students with experience in developing the fan and pump fan performance curves; Providing students with experience in measuring airflow rate inside ducts, diffuser, VAV box, etc.; Enhance communication skills; Enhance critical thinking skills. The objective of the paper is to assessing student learning at the lab course level, and how the BAS is serving the learning experience of the students, related to the fundamental concepts. Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed. We discuss the project from students’ point of view, and the experience earned in design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this class in term of learning outcomes is also described.

Megri, A. C., & Hamoush, S. (2019, June), Pipeline Development of Skilled Students in Advanced Control Systems Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33171

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