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Renewable Energy Education at Clemson University - A Certification Program with Solar, Wind & Electrical Grid Classes

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

New Trends in ECE Education I

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Electrical and Computer

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23.1036.1 - 23.1036.11



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Bosco Mansel Oliver Clemson University


John R. Wagner Clemson University

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JOHN WAGNER joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson in 1998. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Purdue University. Dr. Wagner was previously on the engineering staff at Delphi Automotive Systems and Delphi Delco Electronics (formerly Delco Electronics as a subsidiary of General Motors Hughes Electronics) designing automotive control systems. His research interests include nonlinear and intelligent control systems, dynamic system modeling, diagnostic and prognostic strategies, and mechatronic system design with application to turbines and automobiles. He has developed the multi-disciplinary Rockwell Automation Mechatronics Educational Laboratory which features hands-on robotic, programmable logic controller, electronic, and material handling experiments. He is a past Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, respectively. Dr. Wagner is a licensed Professional Engineer and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers..

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Elham B. Makram Clemson University


Rajendra DUPE Singh Clemson University

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Dr. Rajendra Singh is currently D. Houser Banks Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics at Clemson University. With proven success in operations, project/program leadership, R&D, product/process commercialization, and start-ups, Dr. Singh has over 33 years of industrial and academic experience of photovoltaic (PV) and semiconductor industries. From solar cells to integrated circuits, he has led the work on semiconductor and PV device, materials and processing by manufacturable innovation and defining critical path. He has published over 340 papers in various journals and conference proceedings. He has presented over 50 keynote addresses and invited talks in various national and international conferences. Dr. Singh has received a number of international awards including one of the 10 Global “Champions of Photovoltaic Technology” selected by Photovoltaics World (October 2010). He is Fellow of IEEE, SPIE, ASM and AAAS

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Renewable Energy Education at XXX University- A Certification Program with Solar, Wind, and Electrical Grid ClassesAbstract: The rapid growth of the global renewable energy industry has created a need forprofessionals who are knowledgeable about the subject matter and can help integrate these greenresources into the electrical grid. The Electrical and Computer Engineering, and MechanicalEngineering Departments at XXX University offer a renewable energy certificate forundergraduates and industry professionals based on solar, wind, and electrical grid courses. Thecertificate follows a multi-disciplinary approach that introduces students to the diverse field ofrenewable energy. In this paper, the comprehensive certification program will be presentedwhich covers the fundamental electrical, mechanical, control, environmental, societal, andeconomic concepts related to the generation, transmission, and availability of renewable energytechnology. Student and industry assessments show that the renewable energy certificatesuccessfully follows a pragmatic approach that integrates theory with real world applications toprepare students for a career in the field of green energy.1. IntroductionThe world faces concurrent energy and pollution crises. Rapid population growth and an increasein the living standard in many emerging countries have led to a greater demand for fossil fuels.Over the next 25 years, the societal requirement for energy is forecasted to increase by 36% withthe bulk attributed to developing countries [1]. The demand for energy will eventually outpacethe ability to supply energy from traditional resources. Most industry experts believe that anenergy crisis is likely for countries dependent on traditional energy sources. Greene et al. [2]found that there is a high probability that conventional oil production will peak or becomeseverely strained before 2025. Sorrell et al. [3] concluded that there is a significant risk thatconventional oil production could peak before 2020. The use of traditional sources of energysuch as oil, coal and gas has increasingly devastated the earth’s environment. Fossil based fuelsproduce large amounts of greenhouse gases and air pollutants like nitrous oxide, heavy metals,chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and volatile organic compounds; many which have caused acid rain,climate changes, and other environmentally devastating results. Although, power generated fromnuclear fission can be sustainable and reduce pollution, it’s debated that nuclear energy isexpensive and radiation poses a serious threat to human beings and the environment. A needexists for the wide spread adoption of green energy sources. 1  

Oliver, B. M., & Wagner, J. R., & Makram, E. B., & DUPE Singh, R. (2013, June), Renewable Energy Education at Clemson University - A Certification Program with Solar, Wind & Electrical Grid Classes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22421

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