EXPANSION / SUSTAINABILITY / SCALE
The success in achieving the program goals of the pilot program will set a precedent for future developments. The following aspects will provide the basis for future expansion:
- The multidisciplinary nature and appeal of the Alternative Energy Engineering degree and the spread of knowledge about the program will attract more students to enroll, both in the AAS programs at DTCC as well as in the DSU STEM programs including the new BS GEE. To expand the GEE program to more students we will also develop a green energy minor for students in other degree programs.
- We will target our K-12 outreach efforts to the DSU’s ECHS and few local, high minority schools. As the alliance expands, we will involve more schools and teachers.
- Recruited K-12 students will have the option to take courses on green energy with valid college credits improving their motivation to continue in the DTCC AC or DSU programs.
- As the program expands beyond the pilot stage, we will grow the number of scientists and number of institutions involved in the undergraduate research component of the project.
- Support for continued development of the alliance will allow the annual Energy Fair, the energy summer camp to grow and to attract more participants. Involving a larger pool of scientists and energy engineers from research institutions as well as students who have been involved in and graduated from the program will expand and improve the content of the outreach programs and the website.
- Ideas developed by the alliance will permeate to the local community interested in green energy technology and applications. Promoting a 100% self-sustainable capital of the first state, Dover, will attract new participants and support. Similar to other towns in the Mid-Atlantic region, the initiative will certainly impact the community.
Over the last years, NSF has funded many proposals on Green Energy and Sustainability for institutions in the mid-Atlantic region. With two of these institutions, the UD and the UM (UMCES), we have already established contacts through research collaborations. However, the list of organizations is large and the possibilities for growing are wide open. As a strategy of growth, we will invite scientists from institutions of the region to attend the Energy Fair and to present invited talks at DSU. We will also plan visits of students to these new institutions. Upon the completion of the two years of the current pilot proposal, we should be ready to scale our Alliance to a regional level.
Perspectives to grow the Alliance
Proposals submitted of being submitted to the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program in 2018
- NRT-INFEWS—Sensing Natural Systems: Collaboration between a group of professors of the University of Delaware and Delaware State University INCLUDES group to engage talented researchers and students from several universities in the state of Delaware in sensor research that addresses the challenges at the food, energy and water nexus. The project team will develop environmental sensors, deploy them in the field to make appropriate measurements, and turn the reported measurements into actionable data.
- NRT on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems: Collaboration between scientists from the University of Kentucky and scientists from the DSU INCLUDES group.
- Complex Systems and Sustainable Resources (CSSR) graduate training program: Collaboration between scientists from the University of Tennessee and scientists from the DSU INCLUDES group.
- DEP/RadGrad: Enhancing individualized learning plans and communities of practice to improve engagement, retention, and diversity in undergraduate computer science education: Collaboration between scientists from the University of Hawaii on Manoa and scientists from the DSU INCLUDES group.
- NRT: Training in Biology and Biotechnology of Photosynthetic Microbes (TIBB-PM) for Food, Energy and Water Sustainability: Collaboration between scientists from the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, Baltimore, MD, and scientists from the DSU INCLUDES group.
- Proposal being submitted to the NSF HBCU-UP Excellence in Research program
- “Excellence in Research: Investigation of Enhancer-Fee Photogenerated Singlet Oxygen”, PI: Aristides Marcano (DSU-INCLUDES PI), Co-PI: David Kinsgsley (USDA ARS Food Safety and Intervention technologies Research Unit), Co-PI: Anthony Johnson (Center for Advanced Studies in Photonic Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County).
Contacts being established
- Dr. David Blockstein, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, David@NCSEglobal.org; 301-906-4958
- Dr. Robert Moreau, Dr. Ryan Stoklosa and Dr. Victor Wyatt, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, PA 19038, USA.
- Dr. Serpil Guran, Director, Rutgers EcoComplex,“Clean Energy Innovation Center”, Rutgers EcoIgnite: Clean Technology Proof of Concept Center & Accelerator Program
- Ms. Katie Mancuso, Science Teacher, Early College High School @ Delaware State University.