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Tessie Moon




Mechanics and design of materials, processing, structures and systems; Polymer composites and nanocomposites; Nano- and bio-mechanics: modeling, experimental characterization; Electronics packaging and interconnects; Biophysics, nano- and microscale biomimetic materials and processes


UGS 302 • Energy: Its State, Our Future

62360 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ETC 2.140

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

T C 357 • Sci, Econ And Polits Of Energy

42975 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ETC 2.140

If you could choose, how would you power your life? How will we collectively/locally/nationally /globally power our lives? Known energy sources all have issues. How should you/we choose? Who will decide? And based on what?

This course challenges you to envision your ideal energy future; this process is latent with value-based decisions/judgments. We examine—from an engineering perspective—the science, technology, economics and politics of non-renewable and renewable energy production and distribution.


No specific text. Readings will be from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, e.g.

DoE Energy Information Agency                              

American Wind Energy Association                          

International Energy Association                              

 Daily reading of the Wall Street Journal (paper or on-line version) for current events/issues is also requested.


Class participation                                                                  20%

Written critiques of peer’s rough drafts                                 25%

Presentation & leading discussion on research topic              15%

Term Paper                                                                             40%

 Dr. Masada’s Energy “Bio”

Dr. Masada was born and raised in Hawaii, a state with vast untapped energy resources in wind, geothermal (volcano), and ocean thermal energy. His first real introduction to energy production was via conversations with his older brother who worked at the only oil refinery in Hawaii and described the conversion of oil to other fuels. Much later, his dissertation focused on modeling, analysis, and control of a pulverized coal-fired 1400MW supercritical electric generating power plant. He continues to apply advanced control algorithms to energy conversion systems.

 Dr. Moon’s Energy “Bio”

Daughter and granddaughter of western Pennsylvanian farmers-turned-coalminers, Dr. Moon spent hours during her youth motor crossing amidst the entrails and heavy-metal-laced run-off of long-abandoned, strip mines. Edwin Drake’s 1859 oil well—the so-called birthplace of the oil industry—is less than a half-hour drive from her birthplace. Oil boomtown remnants linger in the place names, e.g., Oil City, Petrolia, Petroleum Center, Pithole. Becoming an environmentalist seemed as natural as becoming a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. During the first “energy crisis” and middle school, as she planned her career as an architect, she designed numerous dream homes using passive solar energy principles. About 3 months before she graduated from high school, the U.S.’s first major nuclear accident occurred at the Three Mile Island (fission) Nuclear Generating Station about 200miles away in Harrisburg, PA. Three years later, during summer between her junior and senior year in college, she lived in Middletown, PA, the small town that encircles Three Mile Island. Her dissertation research investigated design improvements for a nuclear fusion reactor’s cooling blanket, effectively its radiator. She has engineering interests in active solar systems, wind power and geothermal energy potential.



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