Sustainable Energy

Master of Engineering Courses

Students must complete five of the core courses listed and five technical electives.  The foundation courses may be used as part of the technical electives with the approval of the academic advisor.  We have also put together specific content areas as elective sets for students to consider in putting together a cohesive academic program.  These are only recommendations as you may have a more specific plan in mind to meet your career objectives.

Elective Course Sets
Four of the technical electives should be chosen from within one of the following groups- Energy Systems, or Reliability Engineering, to create a structured degree program. The fifth technical elective may be from another subject area, with the approval of the academic advisor.


Reliability Engineering
ENRE 447 Fundamentals of Reliability Engineering
ENRE 600 Fundamentals of Failure Mechanisms
ENRE 602 Reliability Analysis
ENRE 620 Mathematical Techniques for Engineers
ENRE 670 Risk Assessment for Engineers I
ENRE 671 Risk Assessment for Engineers II
Energy Systems  
ENPM 623 Control of Combustion Generated Air Pollution ENPM 660 Wind Energy Engineering
ENPM 635 Thermal Systems Design Analysis ENME 635 Energy Systems Analysis
ENPM 641 Systems Concepts, Issues and Processes ENPM 670 Advanced Energy Audit and Conservation
ENPM 642 Systems Requirements, Design and Trade-Off Analysis ENPM 651 Heat Transfer for Modern Applications
ENPM 650 Solar Thermal Energy Systems ENPM 654 Energy Systems Management



Sustainable Energy Engineering

ENCH648K Advanced Fuel Cells and Batteries (3)
Reducing or eliminating the dependency on petroleum is a major element of US energy research activities. Batteries are a key technology Reducing or eliminating the dependency on petroleum is a major element of US energy research activities. Batteries are a key technology for todays and tomorrow’s electronic devices and electrical hybrid vehicle. Fuel cells are a key element in a future hydrogen economy, offering the potential to revolutionize current power technologies and to solve the major energy security and environmental challenges that face America today. Fuel cells and batteries are in massive and rapidl efficient, vibration free, noiseless, environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional energy sources. The lecture will start from the basic electrochemical thermodynamics and kinetics, with emphasis on electrochemical techniques, fundamental principle of batteries and fuel cells, mass transport processes and performance of various battery and fuel cell technologies. Emphasis is on gaining an understanding of the physical concepts through the solving of numerical problems associated with simple thermal fluid processes and cycles. Both ideal gases and multi-phase fluids will be considered as the fluids.
ENCH648L Photovoltaics: Solar Energy (3)
The total usable solar energy flux at the Earth's surface is by some estimates more than enough to meet current world energy needs. However, harnessing this source in a fashion that is economically competitive with other sources of energy presents many challenges. This course will emphasize the following topics: basic physics of light/ material interactions, recent laboratory scale developments in photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical technologies, manufacturing of photovoltaic materials, and photovoltaic systems design and integration with existing power generation/distribution infrastructure. Additional topics to be covered include solar heating, solar thermal power generation and photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation. Upon completion of the class students will be able to calculate electrical power, thermal power, or hydrogen production rates, at the device scale. At the systems level, students will be able to use thermodynamic efficiency to perform an economics based comparison, and will also be able to assess system reliability and perform a lifecycle analysis on the system.
ENME701 Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment (3)
Recommended Prerequisite: ENME633.
(Credit will only be given for ENPM 624 or ENME 701, not both courses. Note: as ENME 701 was formerly offered as: ENME706 and ENME808D, students that took the course under these numbers will receive credit.) Discussion of the major sources and end-uses of energy in our society with particular emphasis on renewable energy production and utilization. Introduces a range of innovative technologies and discusses them in the context of the current energy infrastructure. Renewable sources such as wind and solar are discussed in detail. Particular attention is paid to the environmental impact of the various forms of energy.
ENPM622 Energy Conversion I - Stationary Power (3)
Prerequisite: undergraduate thermodynamics and heat transfer.
Thermal engineering of modern power generation systems. Cycle analysis of various modern power generation technologies including gas turbine, combined cycle, waste burning and cogeneration. Energy storage and energy transport.
ENPM624 Renewable Energy Applications (3)
Prerequisite: Knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer
(Credit will only be given for ENPM 624 or ENME 701, not both courses.) Thermodynamics and heat transfer of renewable energy sources for heating, power generation and transportation. Wind energy, solar thermal, photovoltaic, biomass, waste burning, and hydropower. Broad overview of the growing use of renewable energy sources in the world economy with detailed analysis of specific applications.
ENPM627 Environmental Risk Analysis (3)
The fundamental methodology for analyzing environmental risk is described with examples for selected applications. Key elements of the environmental risk methodology include: (1) source term and release characterization, (2) migration of contaminants in various media, (3) exposure assessment, (4) dose-response evaluation, (5) risk characterization, and (6) risk management. Also included will be an introduction to uncertainty analysis and environmental laws and regulations. It is intended to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to manage, evaluate, or perform environmental risk assessments and risk analyses.
ENPM656 Energy Conversion II -- Mobile Power (3)
Presents the scientific and engineering basis for design, manufacture, and operation of thermal conversion technologies utilized for mobility power generation. The interface between fuel combustion chemistry and generated power are addressed. The practical aspects of design and operation of various alternatives for power are compared. The impact of choices with regard to power and fuel alternatives as well as air pollution potential are also considered.

Sustainable Energy Engineering

ENPM650 Solar Thermal Energy Systems (3)
Additional information: This course will be offered online only.
Covers the full range of technologies that utilize solar radiation for heating, cooling, lighting and electrical power generation, excluding photovoltaic applications. Topics include: Solar radiation calculations and predictions; Solar spectral characteristics, and diffuse and direct solar radiation; Passive solar applications; Heating; Daylighting; Thermal storage; Fenestration systems; Architectural design; Active solar applications for heating; Solar collectors; Water-based systems; ir-based systems; Domestic hot water heating; Space heating; Process heating; Cooling systems; Flat plate versus concentrating collectors; Fixed versus tracking collector systems; Solar thermal electrical power generation; Dish/Stirling engine systems; Linear concentrator systems; Power tower systems; Thermal storage; Combined cycle applications; Systems design and integration; Control systems and system operation; and Performance calculations and predictions.
ENPM660 Wind Energy Engineering (3)
Credit only granted for: ENPM808Q or ENPM660. Formerly: ENPM808Q.
An examination of four central topics in wind energy engineering: the nature of wind energy as a resource for generating electricity; the aerodynamics of wind turbines by which the wind energy is converted into mechanical energy; the mechanics and dynamics of the wind energy system (tower, rotor, hub, drive train, and generator); and the electrical aspects of wind turbines. Additional topics to be included in the course include:Wind turbine design; wind turbine control; wind turbine siting, system design, and integration; Wind energy system economics; and wind energy systems environmental impacts and aspects. The course is intended to pass along substantial subject matter knowledge and skills, it can only be treated as an introduction to this extensive, multidisciplinary topic. However, students are expected to emerge with a substantial knowledge of wind energy systems and the methods used to analyze such systems.
ENPM670 Advanced Energy Audit and Conservation (3)
Students are expected to have prior knowledge of advanced undergraduate basic thermodynamics, heat transfer, and thermal transport processes. Knowledge of electrical systems and controls is desirable.
Students will be provided with current and future trends in energy resources and technologies while providing them with the necessary skills to conduct energy audit/analysis on both commercial and residential facilities. Energy accounting procedures for electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems will be covered in detail, along with economics/life-cycle costing analysis. Fundamental building science principles will be introduced in the context of energy auditing. Students will gain hands on experience conducting an energy audit project through assigned projects. Annual building simulation tools, such as EnergyPlus and eQuest, will be introduced. This is an applied course. Successful completion of this course will equip students with the terminology, knowledge and practical experience necessary to perform energy audits in both residential and commercial buildings.

Sustainable Energy Engineering

ENPM620 Computer Aided Engineering Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-CDL-Office of Advanced Engineering Education.
Computer assisted approach to the solution of engineering problems. Review and extension of undergraduate material in applied mathematics including linear algebra, vector calculus, differential equations, and probability and statistics.
ENPM672 Fundamentals for Thermal Systems (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate engineering, physics or chemistry degree.
Included in this course is an introduction to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasis is on gaining an understanding of the physical concepts through the solving of numerical problems associated with simple thermal fluid processes and cycles. Both ideal gases and multiphase fluids will be considered as the working fluids.

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