(360b) An Interdisciplinary Minor in Hydrogen Technology at Michigan Technological University

Authors: 
Keith, J. M., Michigan Technological University
Crowl, D., Michigan Technological University
Caspary, D. W., Michigan Technological University
Allen, J., Michigan Technological University
Naber, J., Michigan Technological University
Meng, D., Michigan Technological University
Mukherjee, A., Michigan Technological University
Lukowski, J., Michigan Technological University
Meldrum, J., Michigan Technological University
Solomon, B., Michigan Technological University


In this work we describe our efforts in using hands-on learning through in-class problems and team projects within the context of a new minor in hydrogen and fuel cell technology at Michigan Technological University. The minor can be obtained from students in any department, but targeted programs are Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology.

To receive the 16 credit minor, students are required to satisfy requirements in four areas, which are: ? Participation in multiple semesters of the Alternative Fuels Group Enterprise, where students work on hands-on integration, design, and/or research projects in hydrogen and fuel cells ? Taking a fuel cell course which includes in-class problem solving ? Taking a lecture or laboratory course on hydrogen energy, which includes in-class lab exercises or problem solving ? Taking discipline-specific elective courses, which include in-class modules and team projects

In addition to describing the minor, the paper will also describe the content of the Alternative Fuels Group Enterprise as well as the fuel cell and hydrogen energy courses.