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Offering Engineering Students Global Perspective Through Experiential Learning Project in Wind Energy and Sustainability

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Lamyaa El-Gabry

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Princeton University,
Princeton, NJ 08540 
e-mail: lelgabry@princeton.edu

Martina Jaskolski

School of Sciences and Engineering,
The American University in Cairo,
New Cairo 11835, Egypt
e-mail: tinajas@aucegypt.edu

Manuscript received June 25, 2019; final manuscript received July 1, 2019; published online August 2, 2019. Editor: Jerzy T. Sawicki.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 141(10), 101008 (Aug 02, 2019) (11 pages) Paper No: GTP-19-1323; doi: 10.1115/1.4044205 History: Received June 25, 2019; Revised July 01, 2019

Students from Princeton University partnered with students from the American University in Cairo in a three-week intensive hands-on field experience in Egypt. The project was to assemble, install, and test a wind mill-driven pump used for irrigation and to survey communities across Egypt in the Delta and Red Sea coast to assess water needs in these communities. The course offered a perspective on sustainable development in Egypt followed by water and energy resource challenges in Egypt's diverse geographic areas. Students assembled a wind pump and installed it at the American University in Cairo for testing prior to installation at El Heiz, a desert oasis community in the Western Desert. The students were selected from diverse backgrounds in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and learned the value of having diverse teams address engineering problems in a truly global context. This paper presents the case study including lessons learned in implementation of this experiential learning field project.

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Map of Egypt showing field visit locations

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Complete assembly on roof top

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Tower fabrication (machining L-beam)

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Assembly of tower from locally sourced and machines beams

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Gearbox (red) and wheel assembly

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Checking blade installation in preparation for erection

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Hoisting wheel/gearbox assembly for erection

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Flow rate at measured wind speeds (preliminary data)

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Fan assembly CAD model

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Ratings of the three components of the program: lectures, projects, and excursions

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Rating of program activities



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