Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

The M.Eng. in Energy Systems program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the energy field.  To round out your education, you are required to fulfill a professional development requirement via a practicum, a project, or coursework. The professional development requirement is aimed at developing the following skill set in the context of energy systems:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Project development
  • Project management
  • Oral and written communication
  • Feasibility studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Engineering economics and business aspect of technology
  • Component or system-level conceptual design studies
  • Design and build activities
  • Experimental work
  • Detailed numerical simulations
  • Detailed theoretical analyses of physical systems

These skills form the backbone of a leader. While core engineering skills (near the bottom of this list) will be developed in other courses, skills near the top of this list are emphasized in the professional development requirement. You can read more about the professional development requirement by reading the Professional Development Requirement Handbook.

Energy Systems Practicum

Internship opportunities are available by employers across various industry sectors. Links for some of these are provided below as a guide for students. 

Energy Systems Project

The Energy Systems Project is a more conventional form of a design, optimization, management, or research project supervised by one or more faculty members.

Project examples include:

  •   Solar PV on wind turbine support towers
  •   Solar power satellite analysis
  •   Powertrain analysis
  •   Reduction of propulsion costs
  •   Analysis of environmental impacts
  •   Comparison of electricity and biofuels for transportation

Professional Development Approved Coursework

The following courses have been identified to satisfy the professional development requirements of the MEng degree. One or more courses can be taken to fulfill the requirement. These do not require prior approval, but students are expected to communicate their plan to the program coordinator.

  • TE 460 — Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • TE 461 — Technology Entrepreneurship
  • TE 466 — High-Tech Venture Marketing
  • TE 560 — Managing Advanced Technology I
  • TE 561 — Managing Advanced Technology II
  • TE 565 — Technology Innovation and Strategy
  • TE 566 — Finance for Engineering Management
  • TE 567 — Venture Funded Startups

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