Energy Harvesting for Engineering Educators

Eric Dierks, Jason Weaver, Kristin Wood, Kendra Crider, Daniel Jensen
2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
development, and evolution. The current and near-future objective of this research is to develop design strategies, representations, and languages that will result in more comprehensive design tools, innovation processes, innovative manufacturing techniques, and design teaching aids at the college, pre-college, and industrial levels. Contact: Abstract Engineering education should include preparing and developing students not only for careers in industry and research currently in demand, but
more » ... for those fields and technological areas that are emerging in the near, moderate, and long-term future. This paper serves to provide a cornerstone for engineering educators concerning the emerging and exciting field of energy harvesting such that the subject may be introduced to students who will soon enter industry or academia. An example of its use with senior-level engineering students is then presented. This effort supports, but does not prove, the hypothesis that exposing students to new and upcoming engineering fields, such as energy harvesting, has the potential to plant a seed of inspiration in our students, growing their interest, excitement and dedication to engineering and the service of societal needs.
doi:10.18260/1-2--17846 fatcat:a2tw4fqqbffu3iadj7w5hwtyjy