Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems: Course Description and Projects

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American Society of Engineering Education 2015 Illinois-Indiana Section Conference

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Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN


In an effort to introduce engineering students to contemporary issues and life‐long learning, a new technical elective, Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems, has been developed. The overall objectives of the course are to introduce students to energy sources and systems with an emphasis on sustainability and to expose students to economic, environmental, social and political issues related to energy. In this course, students apply material from thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to analyze and/or design energy systems that utilize non‐renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear fission, as well as renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, and oceans. This paper presents an overview of the course and some of the novel pedagogical elements.



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