Sharp Manufacturing Donates Solar Panel to CBU

Memphis- Sharp Manufacturing Company of America (SMCA) donated a solar panel to the Christian Brothers University (CBU) School of Engineering to further the University’s sustainability practices and to infuse green technologies into the curriculum. Engineering students and faculty are using the panel to create a solar powered lighting system to provide visibility for the pathway leading to the Nolan School of Engineering.

“This project will benefit engineering students in terms of understanding solar energy and green technologies,” said Dr. Paul Shiue, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and project coordinator for the solar powered lighting system. “Through this project they will study efficiency of energy conversion, control systems and manufacturing.”

Sharp Manufacturing Company of America solar panelDesigned by the CBU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),
the solar powered lighting system will benefit electrical and mechanical engineering students. Faculty will use the panel as a teaching aid to help promote sustainability practices in engineering.

Andrew Greenop, the project leader, reflected on how the construction of the solar lighting system will benefit the students now and in the future. “This is a great opportunity to learn how to lead a group of engineers towards the completion of a project, which, in this case is also making CBU more ‘green.’  This project has made us work together overcoming obstacles similar to those that we may encounter as professional engineers.”

The University has an ongoing commitment to make the campus more environmentally friendly. CBU recently became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further its campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Partnering with Sharp Manufacturing enhances this commitment.

“Sharp Manufacturing strives to contribute to society by designing and manufacturing
eco-positive products in a manner that not only minimizes the impact on the environment, but also promotes the sustainability of our planet,” said Kate Collier, Quality Trainer/Quality Specialist for Sharp Manufacturing Company of America. “Sharp actively supports educational programs and initiatives that increase student’s awareness of global environmental issues and fosters an interest in science and technology. “

For more information on CBU’s engineering programs, contact Dr. Paul Shiue at (901) 321-3424 or pshiue@cbu.edu. ###

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