Dr. Patrick Tebbe is a professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Tebbe received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering as well as the M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He is currently a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), student branch advisor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and a student branch advisor for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Dean for Energy Technologies
Executive Director, Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Bruce has been engaged in higher education for 40 years as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and administrator. Over the past 24 years he served as Academic Dean at three colleges and as program director over several major grants. In his current position, Bruce is responsible for Energy related programs across Minnesota West campuses. At the state level, he administers implementation of 9 research projects in renewable energy as well as serving as Executive Director of the Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence.
Bruce is a leader of collaborative efforts in the Minnesota system. He has been an initiator of many efforts of statewide influence. As a charter member of the Minnesota Energy Consortium, he has served on the leadership steering committee since the inception of the group. His leadership led to establishing the Energy Technical Specialist program, a multi-college program leading to industry positions in energy production in solar, wind, bio-fuels, fossil and nuclear fields.
Current focus areas of the Minnesota Energy Center include education for high school faculty to bring energy training into their classrooms, developing programming around emerging energy technologies, promotion of career awareness activities, and working on diversity challenges in the energy industry workforce.
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