The M.Eng. in Energy Systems degree requires students to complete 32 credit hours of graduate coursework, consisting of courses in areas listed below. The program structure is designed to provide students a solid foundation in fundamentals of one or more energy-related technical areas as well as broader exposure to the related economic, social, or political context in which energy systems operate.
|Professional Development (One of three options):||4|
|Primary Field courses from an approved list||12|
|Area of Specialization from the approved list in a field different than the Primary Field||6|
|Topical Breadth course from an approved list or approved by an advisor||3|
|Electives courses – chosen in consultation with an advisor||3|
|Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):|
Primary Field and Area of Specialization Approved List
Students must designate one of the areas listed below as their Primary Field and one area as their Specialization. Students will complete 12 credit hours in their Primary and 6 credit hours in the Specialization fields. Students must designate a subcategory within their Primary and Specialization fields. Students must select courses from the approved lists within their fields.
- Biomass Energy Resources
- Chemistry, Chemical & Materials Engineering
- Electrical Energy Conversion, Transmission & Distribution
- Energy Markets, Reliability, Safety & Security
- Environmental Engineering for Energy Applications
- Geologic Energy Resources
- Nuclear Power Generation
- Solar Energy & Climate Change
- Thermal Energy Systems & Combustion Engines
- Wind Energy
Students must email Amy McCullough to document Primary and Specialization areas in their first semester on campus.
Professional Development (Practicum or Project)
Students may complete either ENG 572, ENG 573, or 4 credit hours of business related coursework with advisor approval.
ENG 572 – Energy Systems Practicum: The Energy Systems Practicum course involves reporting on how experience in an internship or design project relates to pertinent reading material. Reflecting the importance of developing good communication skills beyond written papers, this course will require additional reporting via website development and oral presentation. This course includes a half-day orientation session and a half-day debriefing session. It also requires review of periodic reports, and a cumulative report, which shall be thesis length if the course is taken for 8 hours of credit. Each student participant must have a mentor at the site of the practicum and a faculty member to provide oversight.
ENG 573-Energy Systems Project: For the Energy Systems Project, students will consult with a faculty member approved by their program advisor, select a project, get the topic and general scope approved, survey associated literature and state-of-the-art, and then conduct, as appropriate, system-level or conceptual design studies, design and build activities, feasibility studies, experimental work, detailed numerical simulations, or detailed theoretical analyses of physical phenomena. The main output of the project will be a final report that describes in detail what was done, why it was done, what avenues were not pursued and why, and makes appropriate recommendations, and as appropriate, suggestions for further work.
Breadth Area Course
Each student must complete at least 3 credit hours focusing on scientific, economic, political, or other subjects relevant to either energy or energy-producing areas of the world, from the courses listed under a different main category than that of the Primary Field or Area of Specialization requirement, from the Topical Breadth Course List, or an advisor-approved alternative.
Students may complete up to 3 credit hours of course work qualified for graduate credit from the approved course lists (not used to fulfill other requirements), or courses for graduate credit taken as a prerequisite for required courses. Additional credit hours or practicum/project hours (not used to fulfill Primary Field course work and exceeding the 4 credit hour requirement) may be applied toward this requirement.