Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 16, 2000


High School, Community College Students To Study Energy at Cal Poly

Seventy-five selected high school and community college students and teachers from San Luis Obispo County, Santa Maria and Bakersfield will learn about the energy industry this summer in a special program at Cal Poly.

And it's free for all participants: Texaco and Enron Wind Corp. are paying all costs.

The first session of the second annual Mechanical Engineering Energy Institute will meet next week (June 18-23) with the first 28 students. Later sessions will be June 25-30 and July 9 to 14.

With class presentations, lab experiments, a field trip -- the first one is to Texaco's Kern River oil field at Bakersfield -- and other activities, students and teachers will learn about the current state and future of energy sources, conservation and use. The week will cover fossil fuel, geothermal energy, fuel cells and photovoltaics as well as solar, wind and hydrogen energy.

For more information about the workshops, call Cal Poly mechanical engineering professor and program director Masoud Mehdizadeh, (805) 756-1345.

NOTE TO EDITORS: News coverage of the workshops is invited. The best picture possibilities will be during lab sessions (generally 10:30 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m.) and on field trips. A solar-powered bicycle will be tested on Thursdays. For information on specific activities, call professor Mehdizadeh (805) 756-1345. A schedule appears below.

Mechanical Engineering Energy Institute
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Masoud Mehdizadeh
Summer 2000 Project Director
(805) 756-1345


Workshop Schedule

Sunday

2:00-4:00 pm

Registration at Yosemite Hall.

4:00-4:30 pm

Welcome by Project Director Masoud Mehdizadeh. (Lobby of Yosemite Hall.)

Monday

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast (Lighthouse)

8:30-10:00 am

Campus Tour - We meet in front of Building 13 across from the library

10:00-11:00 am

Tour of Mechanical Engineering Laboratories

11:00-12:00 noon

Presentation by Our Industry Sponsors

12:00-1:30 pm

Pizza Feed

1:30-3:00 pm

Presentation by Our Industry Sponsors

3:00-5:30 pm

Cogeneration, Professor Bill Clark

Tuesday

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast (Lighthouse)

8:10-12:00 noon

Energy from Fossil Fuel, Professor Masoud Mehdizadeh

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch (Lighthouse)

1:10-5:00 pm

Energy from Fossil Fuel, Professor Masoud Mehdizadeh

5:30-6:30 pm

Dinner (Lighthouse)

Wednesday

6:30-7:00 am

Breakfast (Lighthouse)

7:10 am

Board bus at Yosemite Hall for Field Trip. Bus departs at 7:10 am

10:00-2:00 pm

Field Trip - Bus departs at 2:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

Dinner (Lighthouse)

Thursday

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast (Lighthouse)

8:10-12:00 noon

Energy from Renewable Sources, Professor Safwat Moustafa

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch (Lighthouse)

1:10-5:00 pm

Energy from Renewable Sources, Professor Safwat Moustafa

5:00-6:30 pm

Dinner (Lighthouse)

6:30 pm

Board bus at Yosemite Hall for Downtown Farmers' Market

9:00 pm

Bus returns to Yosemite Hall

Friday

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast (Lighthouse)

8:10-10:30 am

Energy from Fuel Cells, Professor Glen Thorncroft

10:30-11:00 am

Workshop Evaluation by the Participants

12:00 noon

Lunch and closing ceremony for participants, parents and invited guests at the Lighthouse (West Side)



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