Providing an overview of thermodynamics and heat transfer through an international development lens to impart energy literacy and common sense applications.
Student survey energy technologies including solar, wind, and hydro power, cooking, indoor heating, irrigation, and agricultural productivity, through an international development context, to impart energy literacy and common-sense applications. This course focuses on compact, robust, low-cost systems for meeting the needs of households and small business, and provides an overview of identifying user needs, assessing the suitability of specific technologies, and strategies for implementation in developing countries. Labs reinforce lecture material through hands-on activities, including system assembly and testing. Team projects involve activities including connecting with pre-selected community partners, product design, and analysis to continue the development of ongoing projects.
Spring 2021 Class Delivery Format
This class will have virtual and in-person components in Spring 2021. In-person is not required.
Teams & Projects
Students will work on team projects involving activities such as connecting with pre-selected community partners, product design, and analysis to continue the development of ongoing projects.
Travel & Funding
Optional summer fieldwork to East Africa or India may be available to test and implement the solutions developed during the semester.