Free ticketed event
Speakers in this diverse panel will present on how they have been incorporating bioenergy, sustainability, and green entrepreneurship content materials in P-20 STEM curricula. This is a follow-up to the workshop on bioenergy in P-20 curricula hosted by the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division in Columbus, Ohio, in 2017. Attendees at the 2017 workshop, representing various engineering and science disciplines, received content materials and hands-on experiences on a number of activities pertaining to systems thinking, sustainability, bioeconomics, bioheat, biopower, and biomass. Some of the participants from the 2017 workshop and 2018 ASEE panel on bioenergy will be sharing their experiences about how they incorporated the workshop-related materials in their classrooms and will reflect on the challenges and success with students' learning outcomes.
Refreshments will be served during the session.
For those interested in: Advocacy and Policy, Broadening Participation in Engineering and Engineering Technology, and K-12
Dr. Serpil Guran is director of the Rutgers EcoComplex Clean Energy Innovation Center. She also manages the new RutgersX EcoIgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator program. She promotes the integration of clean energy/clean technology education and entrepreneurship. Her teaching includes Sustainability Decision Tools, Introduction to Bioenergy Technologies, and Critical Thinking in the Case of Learning Food-Energy-Water-Nexus.
Dr. Guran is trained on thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and recycling technologies and life cycle analysis of clean energy systems alternative fuel production systems.
Currently, she is working on Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Waste synergy by promoting integration of organic waste into development of a closed-loop bio-economy.
Dr. Lynn Albers is an assistant professor in the newly formed School of Engineering at Campbell University. A proponent of hands-on activities in the classroom and during out-of-school programs, she believes that they complement any teaching style, thereby reaching all learning styles. She earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University specializing in thermal sciences. Her dissertation research spanned three colleges and focused on engineering education. Her passions include but are not limited to engineering education, energy engineering and conservation, and K-20 STEM Outreach.
Prior to matriculating at NCSU, she worked at the North Carolina Solar Center developing a passion for wind and solar energy research while simultaneously learning renewable energy policy. She combined these passions with K-20 outreach while a National Science Foundation Fellow with the GK-12 Outreach Program at NCSU where she began Energy Clubs, an out-of-school program for third, fourth and fifth graders to introduce them to renewable energy.
Dr. Ted Song has been teaching electrical engineering at John Brown University in Arkansas since 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation was in the area of mathematical modeling of renewable energy sources (e.g., photovoltaic and wind) and energy storage system (e.g., lithium-ion battery). His current research interests include renewable energy technologies that can be effectively implemented in developing countries.