Anna Demeo

Anna Demeo

Anna Demeo is a researcher and lecturer of physics and engineering at  College of the Atlantic.  Anna’s teaching focus is project based renewable energy courses with a strong hands-on component. Anna spent over 10 years in industry as an electrical engineer specializing in system design.  Her research is focused on smart-grid and community scale renewable energy.  Anna has a B.S. from the University of Colorado in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Marine Bio-Resources and a PhD in Engineering in the Natural Sciences, both from the University of Maine.  Her PhD dissertation: “A three-pronged approach to community scale renewable energy: education, incremental capital investment and smart grid technology reflects her interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy; combining community outreach, economics, education and technology.















Courses Taught

ES545Electric Vehicles: A Hands-on Introduction

There is a growing agreement that electrifying the transport sector is an essential part of any set of actions sufficient to avoid catastrophic climate change. In this course, students will gain a hands-on introduction to electric vehicles. This class will center around building a small electric car using the SUNN Electric Vehicle kit. The resulting car, which is legal for use on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less, will be used jointly by College of the Atlantic and the Seal Cove Auto Museum. The project will involve every aspect of assembling, testing, and painting a small electric car. Throughout the term students will learn about electric vehicle history, technology, current events and different electric vehicle initiatives. Most of the class time will be hands-on activities necessary to complete the project. However, there will also be assigned readings followed by group discussions and some reflective and analytic writing assignments. Students in the class will give an end-of-term presentation about their project. Depending on student interest, this presentation may be geared toward high school and middle school students, or policy makers and planners. Students who successfully complete this class will: gain an increased understanding of how electric vehicles work and some of the technical, social, and economic challenges that hinder their widespread adoption; basic mechanical skills and an understanding of electronics; and experience working collaboratively on a time-intensive project. Evaluation will primarily be based on active and full participation in all aspects of the project; students will also be evaluated on several short writing assignments. There are no pre-requisites for the course; students of all backgrounds and interests are welcome. Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Class limit: 6. Lab fee: $50.

ES524Physics and Mathematics of Sustainable Energy

The aim of this course is to help students learn some basic physics and quantitative and analytical skills so that they can participate intelligently and responsibly in policy discussions, personal and community decisions, and ventures in the area of sustainable energy. We will begin with some basic physics, including: the definition of energy, the difference between energy and power, different forms of energy, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. We will also provide students with a basic scientific and economic introduction tovarious alternative energy technologies. Along the way, students will gain mathematical skills in estimation and dimensional analysis, and will learn to use spreadsheets to assist in physical and financial calculations. There will also be a weekly lab to help students understand the physical principles behind different energy technologies and gain experience gathering and analyzing data. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to apply what they have learned to basic issues in sustainable energy. For example, they will be able to evaluate and analyze a proposed technology improvement by considering its dollar cost, carbon reduction, return to investment, payback time, and how all this might depend on, say, interest rates or the cost of electricity or gasoline. Students will also be able to analyze the potential of a technology or energy source to scale up. E.g., they will be able to consider not only the benefits to a homeowner of a solar installation, but to also analyze the degree to which solar power may contribute to Maine's energy needs. This will be a demanding, introductory, class. Evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, participation in class and lab, and a final project. At least one college-level class in mathematics or physical science is strongly recommended. Level: Introductory; Permission of instructor; Class limit: 20; Lab fee $50.00; *QR* *ES*

ES472Physics II: Introduction to Circuits

This course will provide students with a broad introduction to circuits. Students with little or no previous knowledge in electronics will learn the fundamentals of circuits in both the analog and digital realm. The course will cover topics such as current, voltage, power, resistors, capacitors and digital logic circuits, This is a hands-on course focusing more on the "how to" than the "why". By the end of the course students should be able to independently develop, implement, test and document basic circuits. Evaluation will be based on problem sets, participation in lab and class, and a final project or exam. This course makes extensive use of algebra. A college level math, physics, or chemistry class is recommended but not required. Level: Introductory. Prerequisite: High School Algebra. Class limit: 15. Lab fee: $50. *ES* *QR*

ES591Practicum in Renewable Energy

This is a hands-on, project-based class in which students will collaboratively plan for and oversee all aspects of projects in renewable energy.  The projects will occur mainly at College of the Atlantic's small organic farms.  Examples of projects include installation of solar photovoltaic array, design and possible installation of a water catchment system, and planning and installing a greenhouse heating system such as a wood-pellet furnace.  Students will learn how to take a project from design through fruition while navigating the various phases of the project lifecycle including operation and maintenance.  The course will begin with an overview of existing technology and an analysis of the current energy generation and consumption data for the project site(s).  This data will inform decisions about renewable energy projects that the class undertakes. The class will then plan the project and present this plan to the community.  As part of this planning process, students will learn about the economics of renewable energy systems, including return on investment (ROI), internal rate of return (IRR), and related quantities.  Students who successfully complete this class will gain the skills necessary to conceptualize, plan for, finance, and implement renewable energy projects.  Evaluation will be based on several presentations and short written assignments and active and effective participation in all aspects of the project.
  
Level:  ?  Pre-requisites: a willingness to work hard as part of a  collaborative team.  A college-level math, chemistry, physics, or business class is recommended but not required.  Not open to first-year students.  Permission of instructor only.  Class size: 10.  Lab Fee: $50