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This project is designed to integrate green energy and manufacturing courses using and technology-based, real-world problem-solving-focused educational strategy in a new manufacturing engineering curriculum.  This project will train Hispanic and female students to be at the forefront of emerging technologies, as energy technology is one of the most promising fields for the first half of the 21st Century.

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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has invested a great amount in developing an advanced manufacturing research facility. In this project, we will formulate two geographically separated virtual teams at UTEP and Drexel University (DU), collaborating on a green energy manufacturing project over the Internet. 

Implementing a mixed method of research design, students and faculty involved in the project will be assessed in formative and summative formats to measure the efficacy of the project.   The project is aimed at integrating green energy into the manufacturing engineering curriculum and to cultivate leaders in the field among minority and female engineering students.  Successful completion of the project will lead to excellence in green energy and advanced engineering education.

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First, Green energy manufacturing is a complex and technology-concentrated set of processes; therefore, it requires a very specialized and experienced workforce. 

Second, Upgrading traditional manufacturing education to green energy manufacturing education is extremely expensive given that a huge up-front investment on special equipment and training; operation and maintenance cost must also be considered.