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Student Learning Experience from Renewable Energy Case Studies

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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

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June 26, 2013



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Themes in Renewable Energy and ET

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Engineering Technology

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23.1100.1 - 23.1100.16



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Richard Chiou Drexel University


Radian G Belu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Radian Belu is Assistant Professor within the Engineering Technology (ET) program - Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is holding the second position as Research Assistant Professor at Desert Research Institute – Renewable Energy Center, Reno, Nevada. Before joining to the Drexel University Dr. Belu hold faculty and research positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as a project manager and senior consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in electronics, power systems, control and power electronics, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods and data analysis, space and atmosphere physics, and physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, power electronics and electric machines for wind energy conversion, radar and remote sensing, wave and turbulence simulation, measurement and modeling, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting and analysis, renewable energy analysis, assessment and design, turbulence and wave propagation, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Michael G Mauk P.E. Drexel University


M. Eric Carr Drexel University Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Eric Carr is currently the Laboratory Technician for Drexel University's Engineering Technology program. Eric assists faculty members with the development and implementation of various Engineering Technology courses, and enjoys finding innovative ways to use microcontrollers and other technologies to enhance Drexel's Engineering Technology course offerings. Eric holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Drexel University and is an author of several recent technical papers in the field of Engineering Technology Education.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Tzu-Liang (Bill) Tseng is an associate professor of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his M.S. degree in Decision Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering at University of Iowa. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, and KSEF. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Student Learning Experience from Renewable Energy Case Studies AbstractStudents’ design projects at all levels are increasingly focused on the renewable energysources and systems due to the increased emphasis in the U.S. on clean energy innovation,generation, manufacturing, and commercialization. Since many topics and problemsrelated to renewable energy have been investigated by well-equipped research teams allover the world, the educational effort for student learning should be focused on howstudents acquire useful knowledge in the physical and chemical principles and makemeaningful contributions to the applications of renewable energy. This paper describesfour completed “green energy” projects. The description includes a summary of theproject requirements, design processes, and laboratory work. It also describes theinteractions between faculty, staff, and students from different disciplines. A specialemphasis is placed on understanding how to make interdisciplinary projects successful.During the past several years, our senior design capstone course teams have designedcase studies such as wind energy turbines, fuel cell controllers, solar cell maximumpower tracking controllers, and other similar projects. The paper also explores thestudents’ motivation for undertaking an interdisciplinary project and looks at how theywere able to remain motivated. Initial results show that students’ motivation remainedhigh as long as the project remained challenging. In addition, the interdisciplinary subjectmatter, laboratory techniques, and interactions between students, staff, and sponsors allplayed a role in the project success. Finally, the paper explores how participation in theseinterdisciplinary projects influenced students in their subsequent career choices.

Chiou, R., & Belu, R. G., & Mauk, M. G., & Carr, M. E., & Tseng, T. B. (2013, June), Student Learning Experience from Renewable Energy Case Studies Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22485

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