National Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Education Program Part I: Curriculum

David Blekhman, Jason Keith, Ahmad Sleiti, Eileen Cashman, Peter Lehman, Richard Engel, Michael Mann, Hossein Salehfar
2010 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Dr. Cashman currently teaches courses in engineering design, water quality, computational methods and environmental fluid hydraulics. At SERC, Cashman is currently involved in a feasibility study for hydroelectric resources for the Yurok tribe and the H2E3 university curriculum project. cell vehicles for SunLine Transit Agency, including the first PEM fuel cell vehicle licensed to drive in the U.S; installed the first hydrogen fueling station, also at SunLine; designed and built numerous
more » ... ilt numerous integrated stationary PEM fuel cell power systems; designed and built a modern hydrogen fueling station at HSU. Lehman's current work includes producing a national hydrogen energy curriculum for high school students in collaboration with Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, studying gasification of woody biomass, and photovoltaic module durability and degradation testing. Richard Engel, Schatz Energy Research Center Richard Engel is a Senior Research Engineer at SERC. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering. Engel's work at SERC has included technical, development of educational materials for high school and university level students, hydrogen and fuel cell system maintenance and repair, energy program development for local communities and Tribes, and feasibility research on emerging energy technologies. Engel is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador during the 2009-2010 academic year where he will help the university create a degree program in renewable energy and energy efficiency. principal areas of interest and expertise include performance issues in advanced energy systems firing coal and biomass; renewable and sustainable energy systems with a focus on integration of fuel cells with renewable resources through electrolysis; production of fuel and specialty chemicals from crop oils; and development of energy strategies coupling thermodynamics with political, social, and economic factors. He has authored or coauthored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 publications in total. Some of the projects that he has worked on include alternative and renewable energy systems, fuel cell technologies, power electronics, electric drives, neuro-fuzzy intelligent systems, electric power and energy systems, power systems reliability, engineering systems reliability, power systems production costing, energy and load management, and energy efficiency. Dr. Abstract In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made five awards to university programs seeking to develop and expand education programs in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The main objective of the DOE program was to train graduates who will "comprise the next generation workforce needed for research, development, and demonstration activities in government, industry, and academia." Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies (HFCT) are considered strong components in the future suite of technologies enabling energy independence and a cleaner environment for stationary and transportation applications. However, HFCT are inherently complex and require contribution from most of the engineering and technology disciplines. At the same time, HFCT topics are rare in university programs and few engineering students receive adequate training. The paper will present the educational efforts and models being developed under this funding. The program is offered through California State University Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, Michigan Technological University, University of North Carolina Charlotte and University of North Dakota. With collaborations, the list of participating colleges is even larger. The authors' intent is to share the wealth of approaches taken to and the challenges and accomplishments of developing HFCT curriculum, which range from designing short modules for existing courses to dedicating majors and minors to the topic. More than twenty courses are modified or developed as part of the activities. As a result, HFCT is introduced to technology and chemical, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering majors. The activities undertaken also include outreach to non-major student population and school programs.
doi:10.18260/1-2--16037 fatcat:lntqiku56falbhxpbnjgnl3ec4