The Creation and Evolution of an Energy Engineering and Education Outreach Model

  • Lynn A. Albers
Keywords: energy, engineering, efficiency, STEM, outreach, education, interdisciplinary

Abstract

The Energy Engineering and Education Outreach Model is a new model to introduce undergraduates to the field of energy engineering and engage them in engineering education through K-12 outreach programs to promote ST(EE)2M: Science, Technology, Energy Engineering, Engineering Education, and Math. The model places students with mentors in the university’s facilities management department or energy center where they gain valuable experience in assessing energy usage, needs and areas of potential savings thereby helping the institution save energy. The model utilizes undergraduates as university ambassadors of the institution who can disseminate their intellectual knowledge and help raise awareness of ST(EE)2M to the local community through K-12 engineering education outreach avenues such as Family STEM Nights and energy clubs.

This article details the impetus for this model, its creation and evolution. It is unique because it is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Education thereby giving students interdisciplinary educational experiences with a focus on energy. The model is also flexible and can be applied at any institution.

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Author Biography

Lynn A. Albers

Lynn A. Albers, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, based the Model on her personal graduate experience. As a graduate student in mechanical engineering, she was the project coordinator for the SEIP program and a program manager for the RAMP-UP program. As project coordinator for SEIP, she helped place and mentor the 62 interns in the program. As a RAMP-UP program manager, she oversaw a team of undergraduates that worked in local, public, inner city elementary and middle schools teaching STEM through hands-on activities through energy clubs and Family STEM Nights. Prior to returning for graduate work, the author worked at Nortel Networks as a systems application engineer and project manager. For further inquiries, please feel free to email the author at laalbers@ncsu.edu.

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Published
2015-02-01
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