Fall 2017 ME 496:
Design of Renewable Energy Systems

Announcements/Changes to web page:

  • 25 Sept. 2017: Registration Information. If the class fills-up (> 40 students), I will select students as follows.
    • Attended the 1st class, signed the registration sheet, and wrote down Registration Number from the Attendance Sheet which you need for the next step.
    • By 17:00, 04 Oct., completed the registration survey at ME 496 Registration Survey. Students without a valid Registration Number will not be considered. As per above, you will receive your Registration Number in the 1st day of class, so make sure you write this down in the 1st class (and therefore you can't complete this survey until after the 1st day of class).
    • I will select students based on information in the Registration Survey.
  • 225 Sept.: Tentative Syllabus. The details may change slightly but the main themes will not.
  • 25 Sept.: Schedule for first 2-weeks.
    • 03 Oct.: Attend 1st class to sign registration sheet. I will not be in this class and there will only be a ~ 10 min lecture by another faculty member.
    • 05 Oct.: Normal lecture on modeling electrical demand.
    • 06 Oct., 17:40-18:30. Ek Ders. Discuss Syllabus and course intro
    • 10 Oct.: Class cancelled. I am in Brussels
    • 12 Oct.: Normal Lecture on modeling wind turbines
    • 13 Oct:  17:40-18:30. Ek Ders. Modeling using Excel
  • 25 Sept. Due Dates
    • 17 Oct. Project 1 Part 1 (P1.1)
    • 17 Oct. NDA
    • 24 Oct. P1.2
    • 31 Oct. P2.1
    • 07 Nov. P2.2
    • 14 Nov. P3.1
    • 21 Nov. P3.2
  • Professionalism: Each semester I am becoming more aggressive and systematic at tracking unprofessional behavior and reducing final course averages due to unprofessional behaviour. 
    • Last week a recruiter for TAI called me to ask for a reference for a former student. She began "We would like you to provide a reference for your former student ABC, in particular focusing on whether he has had any ethical problems." Fortunately I make notes in my grade book about all ethical and professional problems, and although I could not remember this student specifically, I had the notes to answer this question.
    • Last semester I reduced the final course average for
      • One 496 student by ~ 5 pts (1/2 a letter grade) for missing too many in-class presentations.
      • Many other 496 students by ~1-3 pts for various types of unprofessional behaviour, such as turning in assignment late.
      • One 514 student by ~ 5 pts who emailed me multiple times stating that he missed class due to work and wanted to know what he missed (see my Attendance Policies if you do not know why I consider this unprofessional)
    • In previous years I have reduced students final course average by 10+ points for unprofessional behaviour on top of giving a 0 for the assignment.
    • This semester I will be focusing on students signing for other students on attendance.