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Project-Based Curriculum for Renewable Energy Engineering Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Themes in Renewable Energy and ET

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Engineering Technology

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23.994.1 - 23.994.17



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Florian Misoc P.E. Southern Polytechnic State University

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Dr. Florian Misoc is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He joined Southern Polytechnic State University in August, 2011.

Dr. Misoc earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. He also holds a Master's of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Dr. Florian Misoc is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas.

Dr. Misoc's research is in the areas of renewable energy (generation, transmission and distribution), power electronics, and vehicular systems.

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Tommy D Ball

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Freelance editor, publisher and writer. Seeking to encourage educational understanding, especially relative to emerging conversations and worldviews.


University of Tulsa 1997
Northeastern Oklahoma 1995

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Certificate for Academic Excellence.
Certificate National Scholastics.

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Editor of assorted letters, memos, brochures, academic papers and other projects of university staff members.

Editor of Independent Study Projects.

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Austin B. Asgill Southern Polytechnic State University

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Dr Austin B. Asgill received his B.Eng.(hons) (E.E.) degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra
Leone, his M.Sc. (E.E.) degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham and his Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is currently a Professor and Chair of Electrical and
Computer Engineering Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). Prior to joining the faculty at SPSU, he was an Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering Technology at Florida A&M University (FAMU), where he served as Program Area Coordinator and Interim Division Director. With over 23 years of teaching experience in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Engineering Technology, he currently teaches in the areas of networking, communication systems, biomedical instrumentation, digital signal processing, and analog and digital electronics. He has worked in industry in the areas of telephony,
networking, switching and transmission systems, and RF and MMIC circuits and system design. Dr.
Asgill also has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Florida State University. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the ASEE, and a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Florida.

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Cyril B Okhio P.E. Southern Polytechnic State University Orcid 16x16

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Cyril B. Okhio is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University. Dr. Okhio earned his B.S. (General Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) degrees from the University of London. He was also a Science & Engineering Research Council SERC Post-Doctoral research Fellow at the Aeronautics Lab, Queen Mary College for three years. He is registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer with the Council of Registered Engineers, United Kingdom; a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK and a Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, USA. Dr. Okhio has many years of administrative experience including the Chairmanship of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Bendel State University.
Dr. Okhio has carried out experimental and numerical investigations of, and developed statistical analysis tools and computer codes, for the calculation of complex flows. Some of this work has been published in international journals. He is currently involved in multidisciplinary research and development concerning Vehicle to Vehicle, Human to Vehicle Interaction and communication, under the purview of a Transportation, Vehicular Systems and Safety Engineering hub associated with SPSU Visualization & Simulation Research Center for which he is a co-PI.
Dr. Okhio is very familiar with the level of technology and development, world-wide. He has visited many countries including Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and he lived in the United Kingdom for more than 12 years. He is married with two children.

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Project-Based Curriculum for Renewable Energy Engineering Technology Undergraduate ProgramAbstract: This paper presents a novel approach of instruction for the Renewable EnergyEngineering Technology program, emphasizing design and implementation techniques thatcomplement traditional teaching methods. Course and laboratory development are discussed,and project selection and management is emphasized. This preliminary research was done topredict the effectiveness of project-based instruction for programs related to powergeneration, in general, and to renewable energy, in particular.Two different courses were examined and their course learning outcomes compared to theexpected, statistically predicted outcome. Both courses were structured as lecture-lab-project,where the laboratory experiments were sufficient in number and complexity to consolidatethe topics addressed during lectures, while the projects selected were intended to coversufficient number of topics addressed through the first half of the course, as the topicscovered in the second half of each course could have not be feasibly implemented, due tofinancial and time constraints. Throughout this work, extensive literature review on the topicof technical curriculum development was employed.This research shows that project oriented courses, when well timed with lecture andlaboratory sessions, constitute an advanced teaching method as compared to traditionallecture-lab schemes. This approach has demonstrated its added value to courses in theRenewable Energy Engineering Technology program, where implementation of design isgenerally the trademark of Engineering Technology programs. Consequently, project reportsand technical presentations, associated with each individual project, underline the set of skillscharacteristic to graduates of Engineering Technology programs. This research demonstratesthe clear advantage of lecture-lab-project structured courses of Renewable EnergyEngineering Technology as opposed to the more traditional method lecture-lab coursestructure.

Misoc, F., & Ball, T. D., & Asgill, A. B., & Okhio, C. B. (2013, June), Project-Based Curriculum for Renewable Energy Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22379

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