German-American Project

Smart house scale 1:10

In cooperation with the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA) the departments Management, Information and Technology and Engineering Sciences offer a project every two years . The project is carried out in the English language. It ends with an excursion to Texas Tech University in the USA.

For 2020 a 4th project is planned. To the project belongs an USA excursion at the end of the project.

History

The history of the Project since 2014 and pictures.

2016 Excursion Project 2

4th excursion to TTU

Organization: Department of Engineering Sciences and Department of Management, Information, Technology


Participants:

  • Prof. Dr. Josef Timmerberg FB-MIT
  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Köster FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann FB-MIT
  • Dipl.-Ing. Nicole Sabrina Jesse FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Volker Lübben FB-I
  • 10 German students FB-I
  • 6 German students FB-MIT

Topics and Meetings:

  • Project "smart house model automation"
  • Dr. Michael G. Giesselmann Professor and Chair Dep. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • James Yang, Ph.D.
  • Hong-Chao Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Allison Wright Program Manager, International Programs Oversees Europe
  • Brandon Weeks, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs
  • George E. Spoth Executive Associate Dean - International Programs
  • Zaida Gracia Assistant Academic Dean for International Programs
  • Bethany Kuwitzky, Senior Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Affairs
  • Richard Gale, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Elektrical and Computer Engineering
  • Victoria Coverstone, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Al Sacco Jr., Ph.D. Dean Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Audra N. Morse, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Professor
  • Stephen Ekwaro‐Osire, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, Professor

2016 Project 2

Organization: Department of Engineering Sciences and Department of Management, Information, Technology
Dipl.-Ing. Volker Lübben
Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann

Project "smart house model automation"


Participants:

  • Prof. Dr. Josef Timmerberg FB-MIT
  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Köster FB-I
  • Prof. Dr. Folker Renken FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann FB-MIT
  • Dipl.-Ing. Nicole Sabrina Jesse FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Udo Schürmann FB-I
  • 10 German students FB-I
  • 6 German students FB-MIT
  • 12 American students
  • Dr. Michael G. Giesselmann Professor and Chair Dep. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2014 Excursion Project 1

3rd excursion to TTU

Organization: Department of Engineering Sciences


Participants:

  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Köster FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann FB-MIT
  • Dipl.-Ing. Volker Lübben FB-I
  • 12 German students

Topics and meetings:

  • Project "Wind Energy"
  • Michael Johnson, International Agreements Administrator Office of International Affairs
  • Audra N. Morse, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Professor
  • Stephen Ekwaro‐Osire, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, Professor
  • Andy Swift, Sc.D. Associate Director, Education, National Wind Institute
  • Matt Saldana Instructor of Wind Energy, National Wind Institute
  • Kacey Young Advisor, Wind Energy, National Wind Institute
  • Richard Gale, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Elektrical and Computer Engineering

2014 Project 1

Organization: Department of Engineering Sciences
Dipl.-Ing. Volker Lübben
Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann

Project "Wind Energy"

Participants:

  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Köster FB-I
  • Dipl.-Ing. Paul Beckmann FB-MIT
  • Dipl.-Ing. Volker Lübben FB-I
  • 12 German students
  • 12 American students
  • Andy Swift, Sc.D. Associate Director, Education, National Wind Institute
  • Matt Saldana Instructor of Wind Energy, National Wind Institute
  • Kacey Young Advisor, Wind Energy, National Wind Institute

Project Description

The detailed 2018 project description.

16 to 20 TTU students together with 16 Jade students learn about the theory and concept of automation projects by planning, building, and programming a smart house model in mixed groups of 3-6 students (group size depends on number of participants).

The scale of the house is 1:10. The house has two floors and a pool and is equipped with extensive technology. Here you can find more pictures.

Since students might have different basic knowledge prior to the start, lectures will be given during week 1 and 2 to reach a common level for all participants. Basic knowledge from the following prerequisite courses is helpful:

  • basic principles of electrical and electronic engineering, circuits
  • basic principles of information technology and programming
  • basics of control engineering

In weeks 3 to 5, students will begin by setting up a project plan, defining work-packages and actually carrying out the practical part of the project.

  • Smart house model scale 1:10
  • rear of the smart house
  • Smart house with two floors and a pool
  • Presence detector
  • Heating
  • Arduino
  • Circuit
  • Phase angle control
  • Photovoltaic control

Project Timeline

The project schedule 2018 was:

March until June

  • Assigning of German and American students to the sub-projects

  • Contact between students via Adobe Connect, Skype etc.

  • Literature research, preparation for sub-projects through self-study

Juli/August

  • July 9th arrival of American students in Wilhelmshaven

  • July 10th to August 10th project work (lectures, exercises, practical work in the laboratory)

  • August 13th to August 16th excursion to Berlin

  • August 16th return of American students to the USA

  • August 20th to August 31st preparation of documentation and presentation

September

  • September 2nd - September 14th excursion of German students to TTU, Lubbock, USA

  • Concluding work on the presentations

  • Final presentation

Project excursion

Project excursion USA to Texas Tech University.

For the German students the international project ends with an USA excusion to Texas Tech University.

Picture gallery USA TTU excursion

The excursion also serves to know the partner university better, in order to make an easier decision for a later study there.

Company visits (Lubbock, Dallas, New York) and visits of cultural facilities and events during the excursion round off the international project experience with expanded knowledge of international project development and the get to know of the USA.

A final English-language excursion report is jointly prepared by the students and made available to the president of the Jade Hochschule. The excursion report will be published on the website of the Jade Hochschule in an appropriate form.

Excursion September 2nd - 14th 2018

Travel itinerary

Wilhelmshaven - Bremen - Frankfurt - Dallas - Lubbock - Dallas - New York - Frankfurt - Bremen - Wilhelmshaven

  • Sunday 2nd September: Airport Bremen, Flight Bremen - Frankfurt, Frankfurt - Dallas, rental cars, drive to hotel

  • Monday 3rd September company visit in Dallas, drive to Lubbock
  • Tuesday 4th September TTU, projectwork, preparation of presentation

  • Wednesday 5th September TTU, projectwork, preparation of presentation

  • Thursday 6th September TTU, presentation project results

  • Friday 7th September company visit, drive area Lubbock
  • Saturday 8th September free, afternoon/evenig football game

  • Sunday 9th September early departure to Dallas, returning rental cars, free time

  • Monday 10th September flight Dallas - New York, events

  • Tuesday 11th September New York company visit, events

  • Wednesday 12th September New York company visit, events
  • Thursday 13th September free, flight back New York - Frankfurt

  • Friday 14th September - arrival Bremen

Application

Bachelor students of the Jade University of Applied Sciences who

  • wish to successfully participate in a project in a group together with American students
  • wish to train their intercultural competences
  • are studying Electrical Engineering, Communication and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Medical Technology, Marine Technology, Industrial Engineering or Business computing in at least their 3rd semester

may apply for participation. The information sessions will take place in December 2019. The date will  be announced here and via InfoSys. More current information will be provided later in Moodle.

The application will start in November 2017. Participation is only possible for students of Jade University of Applied Sciences. Students from the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering of the Texas Tech University apply there.

Downloads

Download of the englisch pdf-presentation for the projekt (3MB).

Download of the english powerpoint-presentation for the projekt (23MB)

 

Contact:

Department of engineering Sciences

Volker Lübben

Department of management, information, technology

Paul Beckmann