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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2009

T C 357 • Science, Economics, and Politics of Energy Production - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42845 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ETC 2.102
Moon & Masada

Course Description

A detailed examination, from an engineering perspective, of the science, technology, economics and politics of non-renewable and renewable energy production and distribution. Renewable energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, plants, bacteria, will be explored as well as non-renewable energy sources, e.g. oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear. Scalingfrom personal energy needs to global energy consumptionwill provide a unifying theme.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 20%
Written critiques of peer's rough drafts: 30%
Presentation & leading discussion on research topic 10%
Term Paper: 40%


No specific text. Readings will be from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, e.g.
Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project
Renewable Fuels Association
Vestas Wind Power Solutions

Daily reading of the Wall Street Journal (paper or on-line version) for pertinent material is also requested.

About the Professors:

Dr. Tess Moon, Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research interests mainly concern Materials Processing & Manufacturing.

Dr. Glenn Y. Masada earned his Sc.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin the same year. He is affiliated with the Dynamic Systems and Control program.
Dr. Masada researches the design, control and optimization of manufacturing and energy systems. He develops mathematical models of electric-generating power plant boilers and other thermal systems to increase their thermal efficiency, reliability and transient performance. Masada analyzes electronics manufacturing processes and designs, such as infrared solder reflow and integrated circuit packaging technologies, to increase the reliability of solder joints.
Research interests:
System dynamics
Automatic control
Energy conversion engineering
Electronics manufacturing


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