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U264F·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Teaching the Mathematics of Renewable Energy
Workshop · Sponsored Sessions
Sun. June 15, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room 102, Indiana Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
This workshop was developed as part of the NSF ATE Center on Renewable Energy (Project CREATE). The workshop presents the instructors with a variety of simplified mathematical expressions and analytical models for renewable energy systems (often taken from much more complex derivations) and gives clear explanations of the concepts involved and their relevance to a particular application. Topics will include:

Mathematical Analysis with MATLAB - Commands, Files, and Interactive Sessions, Script Files and User Defined Functions, Basic Plotting and Overlay Plots, Programming with MATLAB.

Mathematics of Wind Energy Systems - Analysis of Wind Motion and Coriolis “Force," Modeling Wind Velocity Profile, and Wind Power Calculations.

Mathematics of Solar Energy Systems - Collecting Sunlight Using Altitude and Azimuth Angle Calculations, PV Cell Operating Characteristics, and Load Analysis.

  1. Dr. Alan Paul Ross

    Cuesta College

    Alan Paul Ross received his B.S. (summa cum laude), M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently a tenured professor in the Engineering and Technology Department at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, and for the past 15 years he has been a Co-Site Coordinator for Project CREATE (California Regional Alliance for Technical Education), which is now the NSF Advanced Technology Education Center for Renewable Energy. As a member of CREATE, he has developed and delivered workshops on Teaching the Mathematics of Renewable Energy for community college STEM faculty. Before joining the faculty at Cuesta College he spent 18 years as a senior project engineer at Northrop Grumman Space and Defense Systems Group, working on the design, simulation, and mathematical modeling of a wide variety of complex dynamic systems. He is a member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ASEE, and Tau Beta Pi (the National Engineering Honor Society).

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