Welcome to the MAE Solar Engineering website at San Jose State University!
Solar Icemaker Team (Fall 2008)
Clockwise from top left: Ray Refundo, Nick McArthur, Jinny Rhee, Jim Mokri, Steve Kele, Anuraj Jhajj, Tan Diep, Abhinav Sharma (PHOTO: Sharon Hall)
News and Events
--(2013) Prof. Rhee is starting up a new laboratory dedicated to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the MAE Department.
-(AY2010-2011) Prof. Rhee will be directing the ZEM House project for a $150K grant from NSF. MAE webpg article
description in Projects
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-(Jun, 2010) Prof. Mokri and an ME student team successfully completed a contract with the City of San Jose to do solar assessment and retrofits of 5 firehouses.
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Due to the ever pressing need to reduce: emissions of greenhouse gases;
depletion of non-renewable energy sources; and the US's dependence on
foreign oil, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose
State University is investing in curriculum and research in alternative
and green energy sources. Here in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department, we are doing our part by looking at technologies that require
an in-depth mechanical engineering background and are in demand in the
alternative energy industries.
The field of mechanical engineering traditionally encompasses applications
of thermodynamics such as power generation, refrigeration, and uses of
process heat. Solar energy comes in the form of electromagnetic waves
which can be used to: knock electrons loose in photovoltaic materials,
generate power from its thermal energy, or heat water and air in buildings.
There are many modern applications that could be powered with solar energy
instead of conventional fuels. The ability to do so in a commercially
viable fashion could potentially change the world for the better, which
is the aim of all engineering professions.