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Technical Review of Companies able to Support the Education and Naval Installations' Renewable Energy Goals through the use of Tidal and Hydro-Kinetic Energy Devices

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Graduate Study Programs Supporting Diversity and Underrepresented Minority Students - Graduate Studies Division Technical Session 4

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George Tyler Fischer U.S. Navy

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Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Lieutenant Fischer entered Officer Candidate School in October 2009. After receiving his commission in 2010, he was designated as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer.
Lieutenant Fischer’s first tour was with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion THREE, serving as the Intelligence Officer and Detachment OIC during deployment operations supporting CJTF-HOA in humanitarian and civic assistance missions. In 2012, Lieutenant Fischer was assigned to Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) as the Assistant Public Works Officer and Assistant Officer in Charge of San Nicolas island. During his assignment to NBVC, Lieutenant Fischer supported Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWC-WD) and several other installation tenants by managing reliable utility and facility operations as well as overseeing facility and airfield service contracts. In 2014, Lieutenant Fischer began his overseas tour with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Far East. He served as the Facility Support Contract Manager (FSCM) for Public Works Yokosuka and was then reassigned as the Assistant Operations Officer and Command Managed Equal Opportunity Officer for NAVFAC Far East. He managed facility and utility contracts for over 55 tenant commands across seven Naval and two Marine Corps Installations.
Lieutenant Fischer holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Dayton. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), unit, and campaign awards. He is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Lieutenant Fischer is currently assigned to NROTC University of Florida as a Civil and Costal Engineering graduate student.

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Fazil T. Najafi University of Florida

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Dr. Fazil T. Najafi

For more than forty years, Dr. Fazil T. Najafi has worked in government, industry and education. He earned a BSCE in 1963 from the American College of Engi¬neering, in his place of birth, Kabul, Afghanistan, and since then came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship earning his MS in civil engineering in 1972 and a Ph.D. degree in transportation in 1977. His experience in industry includes work as a highway, structural, mechanical, and consultant engineer and construction manager for government groups and private companies. Najafi went on to teaching, first becoming an assistant professor at Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 1977, a visiting professor at George Mason University, and then to the University of Florida, Department of Civil Engineering, where he advanced to associate professor in 1991 and then full professor in 2000 in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. He has received numerous awards including a scholarship award (Fulbright), teaching awards, best paper awards, community service awards, and admis¬sion as an Eminent Engineer into Tau Beta Pi. His research on passive radon-resistant new residential building construction was adapted in HB1647 building code of Florida Legislature. Najafi is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on many committees and programs, and continuously attends and presents refereed papers at international, national, and local professional meetings and conferences. Lastly, Najafi attends courses, seminars and workshops, and has developed courses, videos and software packages during his career. His areas of specialization include transportation planning and management, legal aspects, construction contract administration, and public works.

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Tidal Energy uses the earth’s gravitational interactions with the sun and moon to convert hydraulic energy into usable electric power for various uses. The orbital and rotational effects of the sun and moon create tidal patterns which may be reasonably predicted as opposed to other forms of renewable energy. The energy available can be measured by the difference in tide heights or velocities depending on the application of the tidal device. Today’s challenges focus on overcoming the minimum energy necessary to effectively power the turbines, initial project costs, meeting peak load demands, and low impacts to the environment. The United States Navy is currently on a tenacious path to explore energy saving technology that could be used in isolated and remote locations as well as various climate conditions to supplement the Navy’s power generation requirements. Executive Orders 13693 and 13514 mandates the reduction of energy intensity coupled with the reduction of green house gas emissions of approximately 28% by Fiscal year 2020 from a year 2008 baseline. The purpose of this research is to conduct a technical review of companies capable of supporting the Navy’s global goal in reduction of green house gases for future Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation or financed energy type contracts. The methodology for technical review will include examining the company’s corporate experience, past performance, environmental compliance, permitting, and the ability to operate internationally. The study of the Technical Review of Companies able to Support the Education and Naval Installations’ Renewable Energy Goals through the use of Tidal and Hydro Kinetic Energy Devices would fit the call in the graduate division and it is consistent with the division objectives.

Fischer, G. T., & Najafi, F. T. (2017, June), Technical Review of Companies able to Support the Education and Naval Installations' Renewable Energy Goals through the use of Tidal and Hydro-Kinetic Energy Devices Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28933

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