Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015 International Annual Conference


1-9 pp.

Conference Name

American Society for Engineering Management International Annual Conference, 7-10 October 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Climate change concerns have confronted energy policy makers by unprecedented challenges in the 21st century. Revolution of renewable energy technologies, as well as more efficient energy systems, has been promising in the context of global warming. However, these technologies are not maturing and chaning. Consequently planning for development of these resources requires dealing with various multidisciplinary research questions such as financial feasibility of renewable energy projects. Nevertheless, there is considerable lack of education programs offering multidisciplinary approach for addressing the current energy challenges. Based on the 21st evolving energy landscape, an interdisciplinary graduate certificate course work was designed at Old Dominion University (ODU) in the Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department. Likewise other engineering departments at ODU, this course was conducted through a hands on approach, by teaching updated decision making and project management tools and encouraging students use them in the real world problem. RETScreen software, which is a clean energy decision-making tool, was taught to the students and a photovoltaic project which was done at ODU, analyzed as students final project work. In this paper, we are going to summarize the results and conclusion of that project as learning by doing approach in our educational system.


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Copyright, American Society for Engineering Management, 2015.


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Original Publication Citation

Shahriari, N., & Gheorghe, A. V. (2015). Learning by Doing - Energy Systems Management. In S. Long, E-H. Ng, & A. Squire (Eds.), Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2015 International Annual Conference (pp. 1-9). American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)