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Dr. Taryn Bayles

Taryn Melkus Bayles is a Professor of the Practice of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She has spent ten years of her career working in industry; and fourteen years teaching in academia (ranging from teaching Introduction to Engineering Design to graduate Transport Phenomena). In her courses she incorporates her industrial experience by bringing real world examples and project-based learning to help students understand fundamental engineering principles. Her research interests are Engineering Education and Outreach; and is the co-author of the INSPIRES curriculum which introduces high school students to engineering design. She received her BS degree in ChE from NMSU; MS degrees in ChE and PetE; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Rice completed the masters program in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at UMBC in 2007. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2006 also at UMBC, graduating magna cum laude and with an Honors College certificate. His research at UMBC consisted of curriculum development and outreach in the field of engineering education and he also served as the teaching fellow for UMBC’s Introduction to Engineering Design course.

Title:Professor of the Practice of Chemical Engineering
Organization:University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Energy System Design: A Look at Renewable Energy

In this project, students learn how harvesting energy from renewable sources will help meet the future needs of society. In the laboratory, the students will develop a system to store energy from a renewable source (represented in the laboratory by a light bulb, a box fan, or flowing water). The students will transport the energy, and use it to supply an electrical load (a light bulb) in a different physical location. In the process, students will learn about energy and power, and will learn about
analysis of physical systems, modeling and simulation, and design under constraints.

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