Lecture Notes

1 Introduction to course, content, process, solar energy


Handout (PDF)

2 Lab 1: Index of Refraction  
3 Case Study 1: An Ethical Engineer (PDF)
4 Lab 2: Communications: Oral/Written  
5 Lab 3: Measure the Speed of Light  
6 Photons, Semiconductors, and Energy (PDF)
7 Guest Lecture: Fred Salvucci, "History of Boston Transportation, 1630-2007." (PDF - 1.5MB) (Courtesy of Frederick Salvucci. Used with permission.)
8 The Solar Cell Lecture (PDF)
9 Guest Lecture: Prof. Eugene Fitzgerald, "Platforms and Learning Curves." (PDF - 1.9MB) (Courtesy of Eugene Fitzgerald. Used with permission.)

Guest Lecture: Prof. William Uricchio, "Putting Human Agency Back Into the Equation."

Reading: Buy at Amazon "Mechanically Scanned Television," "Electronically Scanned Television," and "Television Spin-Offs and Redundancies." Chapters 5-7 in Winston, Brian. Media Technology and Society: A History from the Telegraph to the Internet. New York, NY: Routledge, 1998. ISBN: 9780415142304.

11 Lab 4: Simulation of Solar Cells  
12 Guest Lecture: Prof. Randolph Kirchain, "Moving Towards Sustainable Materials Use." (PDF - 1.2MB) (Courtesy of Randolph Kirchain. Used with permission.)
13 Cultural Differences in Engineering Practice: Introduction to collaboration with University of Tokyo  

Engineering the Future of Solar Electricity

Reading: Slides 15-27 in "Year 11 Preliminary Engineering Studies Focus Module: Photovoltaic Engineering." Engineering Studies Package, UNSW School of Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy Engineering, 2010.

15 Field Trip with Fred Salvucci: Walk the Big Dig  
16 Project 1A: Electricity Generation System Constraints


17 Project 2A: Solar cell materials; assignment of teams  

Guest Lecture: Prof. Toshihiko Koseki (PDF), "Progress and Future of Structural Steels."

Project 1B: Materials Selection

19 Project 2B: Solar Cell Performance  
20 Project 1C: Engineering the Future of Solar Electricity (PDF)
21 Guest Lecture: Prof. Akira Toriumi (PDF), "Semiconductor Technology Evolution and Generalized Moore's Law."


22 Class discussion of draft written reports  
23 Guest Lecture: Prof. Kazumi Wada (PDF), "Solar Cell."  
24 Project 1D: Final project team presentations and written reports


25 Editing of report for final project  
26 Guest Lecture: Prof. Christopher Weaver, "How To Be a Big Engineer and What You Can Do for Society." (PDF - 4.8MB) (Courtesy of Christopher Weaver. Used with permission.)