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Setting the Foundations for International and Cross-disciplinary Innovation: The U.S.-Denmark Summer School "Renewable Energy: In Practice"

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Beyond the University

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Diversity

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25

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28823

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https://peer.asee.org/28823

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Tela Favaloro University of California, Santa Cruz

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Tela Favaloro received a B.S. degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently working to further the development and dissemination of alternative energy technology; as project manager of a green building design initiative and researcher with the Center for Sustainable Engineering and Power Systems. Her background is in the development of characterization techniques and laboratory apparatus for advancement of novel electronic devices, in addition to curriculum development for inquiry-based learning and facilitation of interdisciplinary, student-led project design. She emphasizes engineering sustainable solutions from a holistic perspective, incorporating analysis of the full technological life cycle and socioeconomic impact.

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Bryan M. Jenkins University of California, Davis, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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Prof. Bryan Jenkins teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy and power, with emphasis on biomass and other renewable resources. Dr. Jenkins has more than thirty years of experience working in the area of biomass thermochemical conversion including combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. His research also includes analysis and optimization of energy systems. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on energy systems, heat and mass transfer, solar energy, and power and energy conversion, including renewable energy and fuels, combined heat and power systems, economic analysis, and environmental impacts. Prof. Jenkins is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for exceptional contributions to the development of bioenergy, and the Linneborn Prize from the European Union for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

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Martin Lehmann Aalborg University, Denmark

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Dr. Martin Lehmann is Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Aalborg University, Denmark, co-founder of The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment, and co-founder and director of KlimaLab, a climate change innovation laboratory aimed at rapidly scaling climate action and solutions locally and regionally. His primary research field is in the area of sustainable innovation systems and partnerships for sustainable development.

He has for more than 15 years worked closely with national and international public and private stakeholders in developing local and regional partnerships for sustainable development.

Since 2012 he has led the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree ‘Cities & Sustainability (JEMES CiSu: http://www.jemes-cisu.eu), a joint degree programme between universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the US, Australia, Thailand, and China.

Dr. Lehmann is member of the steering group of the UCCRN’s (Urban Climate Change Research Network) Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) and leads Aalborg University’s contributions. He is member of the Aalborg University Steering Group on Smart Cities, and committee member of the Network for Sustainable Business Development in Northern Denmark (www.nben.dk).

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Chresten Træholt Center for Electric Power and Energy, DTU Department of Electrical Engineering

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Ronnie D. Lipschutz University of California, Santa Cruz

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Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz

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Kurt Lawrence Kornbluth University of California, Davis

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Dr. Kurt Kornbluth, is an Associate Adjunct professor in the University of California, Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), an Associate Director for the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, and the founder and director of Program for International Energy Technology (PIET) and D-Lab. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow as well as an NSF IGERT fellow. His dissertation focused on the effect of hydrogen enrichment on landfill gas-fired IC engines. In 2016 Kornbluth received the University of California President’s Office Faculty Climate Champion award for his novel project–based courses and applied research focusing on Zero-Net-Energy and Climate Neutrality. Kornbluth specializes in novel environmentally sustainable technology in the energy and agriculture sectors applicable in the developed and developing world.

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Michael S. Isaacson University of California, Santa Cruz

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Michael Isaacson is the Narinder Singh Kapany Professor emeritus, professor of electrical engineering, Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS) and a member of the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design Program at UCSC. He is recipient of numerous awards including a Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellowship, the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Microscopy Society of America. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and the MSA. He has been elected to the executive board of the Engineering Research Council of the American Society of Engineering Education and is series co-editor of “Advances in Microscopy and Microanalysis” published by Cambridge University Press. He is the PI on an NSF-PIRE grant on “US-Denmark Cooperative Research and Education in Intermittency-Friendly Community-scale Renewable Energy Micro-grids”. Professor Isaacson has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. and PhD in physics from the University of Chicago. He came to UC Santa Cruz in 2003 from Cornell University where he was a professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, director of the Keck Foundation Program in Nanobiotechnology and Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and Professional Education in the College of Engineering.

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Abstract

The grand challenges posed by global climate change, scarce natural resources, and the volatility of the international energy market require targeted action towards finding technologically, economically, and socially viable solutions based on renewable energy generation and sustainable practice. As such, impactful innovation requires skills and interactions beyond that available in traditional, single track curriculum.

The U.S.-Denmark Summer Workshop on Renewable Energy is a unique educational initiative developed by several universities in Denmark and California to address these themes and foster a holistic and creative mind set. The three-week workshop takes place annually, alternating each summer between California and Denmark, and is open to selected students from US and European Universities. The program is preceded by a week of online preparation, where students utilize video conferencing and other tools to facilitate interaction between the international participants and learn more about the communities and technologies involved. A primary focus of the program is experiential learning through diverse and cross-cultural interactions, with participants coming not only from the US and Denmark, but also over a dozen other countries. The program introduces and reinforces a holistic approach to sustainable development by offering access to leading experts in politics, economics, science, and technology in parallel with multi-disciplinary, client-oriented projects. Participants are either senior undergraduate/graduate students and more recently, professionals representing different disciplines. Faculty, mentors, and participants interact daily while exploring currently implemented technological solutions and their limitations through community and industrial site visits, seminars, and real-world case studies. Students apply these learnings by collaborating in bi-national team-based projects performing feasibility studies for specified clients. The close collaboration with local communities, businesses, and industry to provide concrete solutions to an identified problem while engaging across disciplines cultivates entrepreneurially-minded and complex systems thinking necessary for innovation.

Over the eight years of the summer school, a number of lessons have been learned regarding effective program design and assessment. In this proceeding, we will elaborate on these learnings through participant feedback and faculty observations, to articulate a detailed program design that accounts for some of the challenges inherent to multi-national and multi-cultural collaborations with real-world impact.

Favaloro, T., & Jenkins, B. M., & Lehmann, M., & Træholt, C., & Lipschutz, R. D., & Kornbluth, K. L., & Isaacson, M. S. (2017, June), Setting the Foundations for International and Cross-disciplinary Innovation: The U.S.-Denmark Summer School "Renewable Energy: In Practice" Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28823

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