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Promoting STEM with an Electric Energy System

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Electrical Energy Courses, Labs, and Projects I

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

23.1000.1 - 23.1000.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22385

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https://peer.asee.org/22385

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42

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Al DUPE Mundy United States Air Force Academy

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Al Mundy received his M.S. from the University of Syracuse in 2000. Since that time, he has been associated with the United States Air Force Academy focusing in the areas of microelectronics and green/renewable energy.

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Andrew Laffely US Air Force Academy

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Lt. Col. Andrew Laffely is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the United States Air Force Academy. As a faculty member with eight years of teaching experience, he has taught ten different courses from intro circuits to capstone. He currently works in renewable energy with a focus on the systems engineering in undergraduate education. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. His B.S. and M.S. degrees are from the University of Maine at Orono.

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Bryan John Cooper United States Air Force

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George York U.S. Air Force Academy

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Dr. George York, PE, became an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, CO, in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1999. His research interests include the cooperative control of intelligent systems, digital signal processing, and embedded computer systems. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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Herbert L. Hess University of Idaho, Moscow

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Herb Hess received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. He then joined the University of Idaho where he is professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His interests are in electronics and control systems for energy management, great and small.

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Abstract

Promoting STEM with an Electric Energy SystemThe SCHOOL NAME has been designated by the NAME as a demonstration Net-Zero Energyinstallation. With a primary mission of education, SCHOOL NAME has an opportunity tocontribute to the Net-Zero Energy effort while at the same time promoting Science, Technology,Engineering, and Math (STEM). Within SCHOOL NAME, the Department of Electrical andComputer Engineering has developed a Green Energy Lab to further our understanding of solar,wind, and other energy generation technologies and their applications. Over the last severalyears and in the current year, undergraduate senior capstone teams have developed a highlymobile energy system. This mobile energy system consists of an all-electric off-road vehicle andtrailer that generates its own power through solar, wind, and mechanical sources. The completesystem can be taken, or driven, to virtually any location or venue such as University Footballgames, graduation, and local energy related events. This gives the system significant exposureas it can be seen by many people of all ages including children from first grade thru high school,who are primary STEM targets. The green energy technologies built into the system allow for asignificant amount of hands on demonstrations and fun experiments that can be done right in afootball stadium parking lot. In the classroom, the system is constantly being upgraded by oursenior design capstone teams requiring these students to acquire in-depth, hands-on knowledgeof many different systems including multiple voltage levels, AC and DC power conversion,energy storage and transmission, economics, and many others. This paper describes the energysystem, the STEM outreach benefits, and the relevance to undergraduate engineering. Wespecifically describe the multidisciplinary teams that include electrical, computer, mechanical,human factors, and systems engineering majors.

DUPE Mundy, A., & Laffely, A., & Cooper, B. J., & York, G., & Hess, H. L. (2013, June), Promoting STEM with an Electric Energy System Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22385

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