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

Spring 2010

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

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43610 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ETC 2.140
Masada and Moon

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. Scaling—from personal energy needs to global energy consumption—will 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 Professor: Glenn Masada

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. He is investigating techniques to help engineers rapidly design instrumentation and control systems.

About the Professor: Tess Moon

Dr. Tess Moon earned her Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989, the same year she joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin. She has received a number of national awards recognizing her research and teaching activities, including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1992, the American Society of Engineering Education's Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award in 1993, and the National Society of Professional Engineers' Engineering Education Excellence Award in 2003.

An expert in the mechanics of materials, Dr. Moon founded and directs the Integrated Mechanics of Processing and Composites Manufacturing Technologies (IMPACT) Lab. She also co-founded the Master of Science in Engineering degree with an emphasis engineering management, as well as the Executive Engineering Management Program for working technical professionals.


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