Master’s Thesis

In 2010 I was very fortunate to be selected as one of ten science teachers in Texas chosen for the UT Austin Master’s of Engineering Education (MASEE) program.  This is a three year program where teachers of any science subject learn how to apply real world engineering principles in our classroom from some amazing, cutting edge UT education and engineering professors.  For a copy of the thesis, download at the bottom of this page or go to the UT online library link here:  Wireless power transfer in the classroom.

The master’s thesis project that I chose to do was to go through the engineering process and create lab equipment for high school students that I could use and that other high school teachers around the world could use as well. The lab equipment that I chose to design is something I’ve always been fascinated with ever since I finished building my own Tesla coilwireless power transfer, or technically, inductive power transmission (IPT).   Since I teach physics we do touch on this very lightly when we study magnetism and Faraday’s law, but since technological improvements on the topic have increased dramatically, wireless power is going to soon be a common reality and I felt that my students should learn about this as soon as possible.  The following is a chronological history of the project, starting with the earliest incarnations of the project, and hopefully ending with the final product.






Project goals:

  1. safe for classroom use
  2. open-source, plans freely available
  3. minimum assembly
  4. easy for a student or teacher to build
  5. easy to locate parts
  6. relatively inexpensive
  7. easy to use with minimal “out of the box” adjustment
  8. clear, measureable results
  9. versatile, multipurpose
  10. durable
  11. 3-5 year usage lifetime
  12. upgradable and modifiable

My thesis can be downloaded here at this link:

Wireless Power Transfer in the Classroom odell_report_20136