Student Learning Experience from Renewable Energy Case Studies

Richard Chiou, Radian Belu, Michael Mauk, M. Carr, Tzu-Liang Tseng
2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
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
more » ... sis, 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. Dr. Michael G Mauk P.E., Drexel University Mr. M. Eric Carr, Drexel University 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. Abstract Students' design projects at all levels are increasingly focused on the renewable energy sources and systems due to the increased emphasis in the U.S. on clean energy innovation, generation, manufacturing, and commercialization. Since many topics and issues related to the renewable energy systems have been investigated by well-equipped research teams all over the world, the educational effort for student learning should be focused on how students acquire useful knowledge in the physical and chemical principles and make meaningful contributions to the applications of renewable energy. This paper describes four completed "green energy" projects. The description includes a summary of the project requirements, design processes, and laboratory work. It also describes the interactions between faculty, staff, and students from different disciplines. A special emphasis is placed on understanding how to make interdisciplinary projects successful. During the past several years, our senior design capstone course teams have designed case studies such as wind energy turbines, fuel cell controllers, solar cell maximum power tracking controllers, and other similar projects. The paper also explores the students' motivation for undertaking an interdisciplinary project and looks at how they were able to remain motivated. Initial results show that students' motivation remained high as long as the project remained challenging. In addition, the interdisciplinary subject matter, laboratory techniques, and interactions between students, staff, and sponsors all played a role in the project success. Finally, the paper explores how participation in these interdisciplinary projects influenced students in their subsequent career choices. MET421/422/423 Courses Structure and Organization
doi:10.18260/1-2--22485 fatcat:bmorelzwlrd4bppejyqhvlw6ge