June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Undergraduate Research and Development Explores new Technologies in Energy Conservation InnovationsAbstractThe Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP) was created in 2004 as an umbrella program forundergraduate experimental vehicle design teams. The EVP in 2013 consist of the Solar Vehicle,Moonbuggy, Baja SAE, Formula SAE, and Solar Boat. The EVP has also recently added the Hybrid Carto its collection of projects. Some of the five projects have the hope of fostering undergraduate studentresearch as well as expanding student knowledge in the fields of green energy and energy conservation.The Solar Boat project, participated in every year by the EVP, has been one of the most innovative andground breaking research test beds for new energy efficient technology. Every year students work inteams to design, construct, and test novel vehicle designs for participation in national and internationalcompetitions. Due to the competitive nature of each of the competitions, students must use cutting edgetechnology and design methods in order to create the best entries possible. The Solar Boat must harnessrenewable energy to propel itself while at the same time excel in both endurance and sprint disciples. Thisallows the students to delve into new technologies to make their vehicles outshine and out compete theircompetitors. The developmental ingenuity that is required to make energy efficient vehicles is completelyderived from the students and has been a source of numerous innovative advancements. Vehicles such asthe Solar Boat and the Hybrid Car allow the students to gain knowledge in a highly contested area such asgreen energy.Projects such as the Solar Boat and the Hybrid Car perform a vital function in the professionaldevelopment of students. The projects provide a forgiving environment in which students can test theirclassroom knowledge in a real-world setting and learn important skills such as leadership, effectivecommunication, and working as a team member. Furthermore, the students in the EVP develop highlyversatile and qualified skill sets that will allow them to fill various positions within the workplace.Graduates that are able to research and produce green energy technologies will have a leg up in theirfuture endeavors both academically and professionally.
Foroudastan, S. D., & Posey, J. K. (2014, June), Undergraduate Research and Development Explores New Technologies in Energy Conservation Innovations Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23218
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