Sun. June 10, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ticketed event: $45.00
This workshop, led by the members of the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology ERC, an NSF and DOE-funded center dedicated to the development of photovoltaic technologies, featuring the Center Executive Director Dr. Christiana Honsberg and Dr. Richard Corkish – Head of School – as well as other representatives of School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia, will expose participants to an overview of successful solar energy courses, curriculum, and degrees. Due to its success in producing the largest number of graduate (B.A.-Ph.D.) engineers with a photovoltaic concentration, the School of Photovotaic & Renewable Energy Engineering will be a focus point of discussion. Discussion of the translation of the curriculum, programs of study, and degree plans from the Australian to the U.S. context will be lead by Honsberg, who participated in the development of the UNSW program, is the PI of the QESST center and has served as professor at Arizona State University and University of Delaware. Participants will engage in collaborative discussion to identify and address their own concerns and questions regarding teaching PV in the context of existing degree structures, course requirements, and content prioritization.
This workshop will combine the technical expertise of members of the QESST ERC team who have taught photovoltaic solar energy courses at leading institutions around the world. Honsberg will discuss the obstacles and opportunities the universities experienced as they developed new courses, programs, and curriculum. The content discussion will focus on current industry trends and technological innovations.
Members of the solar industry will participate in discussions concerning the state of the industry and the urgent need for PV training for new and existing engineers. Discussion of the potential cognitive bottlenecks and motivational affordances students experience when learning PV will be lead by the educational director of the QESST center, Jenefer Husman. For more information concerning the educational efforts of the QESST group, please go to PVeducation.org and click on the link for ASEE workshop.