WPI Offering Fuel Cell Fundamentals Course

Short Course Taught in May at Worcester Campus

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

Worcester, Mass. - March 14, 2003 - Fuel cell technology promises to revolutionize the world, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is giving working professionals a way to get a jump on this emerging technology through a short, graduate-level course called Fuel Cell Fundamentals.

Fuel Cell Fundamentals is a two-day short program focusing on the key aspects of fuel cell technology, from electrochemistry to transport and catalysis. It will be offered at WPIís Worcester campus on Thursday, May 8, through the afternoon of Friday, May 9.

The course was designed for those who are new or looking to break into the fuel cell industry, such as professionals who have just started working in the fuel cell industry, but who are not familiar with the theory and basics behind it; and those who are looking at the industry as an opportunity for a career change. Attendees should have a bachelorís degree in science, engineering or mathematics.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction and History of Fuel Cells
  • Thermodynamics and Transport
  • Electrocatalytic Mechanism and Kinetics
  • Transport and Reaction in Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells
  • Experimental Demonstrations

To register for the course or for more information about WPIís Fuel Cell Fundamentals course, call WPI Continuing and Professional Education at 508-480-8202, or go online to www.ce.wpi.edu/FC/.

The faculty for the WPIís Fuel Cell Fundamentals course is a combination of leading industry and academic researchers and professors. The coordinator of the program is Professor Ravindra Datta, director of WPIís Fuel Cell Center and head of the universityís Chemical Engineering Department.

WPIís Fuel Cell Center is an industry-university alliance for furthering fuel cell technology through undergraduate and graduate education, as well as research and development of fuel cells, fuel reformers and related components for mobile and stationary applications. The industrial members represent companies and organizations with interests in fuel cell technology, including fuel cell companies, automobile manufacturers, petroleum companies, chemical companies and catalysis companies.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPIís innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support masterís and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the regionís biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.