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Dr. Tom Hartley

Tom Hartley is a professor with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron. He received a BA degree in physics and a BSEE degree from Ohio Northern University in 1980. He then received his M.S. degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree also from Vanderbilt University in 1984. His research interests are in battery dynamics and management, in fractional-order systems, and in simulation and modeling for control system applications.

Title:Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Organization:University of Akron
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Human Energy Generation and Electrical Signal Measurement

In this project, students learn about the energy generation and usage. Emphasis is placed on potential sources of renewable energy, and on how power demands vary from country to country. The students learn how energy is measured, and experiment with generating and storing energy themselves, using an AC generator connected to a bicycle and lead-acid batteries. They measure how long common household appliances can be run on the stored energy, and in the process gain a better understanding of their own personal energy usage.

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