Building Sustainability into Control Systems
Building Sustainability into Control Systems Courses is a project supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no. DUE 1044830. This project engages mechanical engineering (ME) students by exposing them to relevant real-world problems that leverage our new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum-certified academic building by:
(1) utilizing our state-of-the art Building Management System to incorporate control systems learning opportunities that integrate energy consumption and sustainability, and
(2) developing hands-on process control experimental scenarios that supplement traditional classroom learning.
The new practical experiments and inductive learning platforms are incorporated into an ongoing redesign of the ME program that creates a more cooperative and student-centric learning environment. The project will provide assessments of student learning outcomes that result from new case-based and experiential learning approaches, and disseminate new curricular materials that will be modular and adaptable to a wide range of curricula. A key outcome of this effort is the examination of the role of first-hand experiences and curricular improvements in motivating and retaining diverse students in mechanical engineering.
Sterman, M., Baglione, M., “Design of Artificial Neural Network Using Solar Inputs for Assessing Energy Consumption in a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
Baglione, M., Caubel, J., “Developing Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Material using the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Building Management Systems of a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
Baglione, M., “Incorporating Practical Laboratory Experiments to Reinforce Dynamic Systems and Control Concepts,” Proceedings of the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, FL, Vol. 7, pp. 391-395.