Energy Engineering and Management Graduate Certificate

Offered Jointly by MAE and EMSE departments, School of Engineering and Applied Science


The demand for Energy Engineering training is soaring due to recent legislative and budget actions, e.g.:

  • Federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (FEISA)
    • FEISA increased the CAFÉ standard to 35 miles per gallon by 2020
    • FEISA mandated 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel in the year 2022 from ~7 billion gal today
  • DOE's recent award of $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at Federal buildings and facilities in an effort to meet government conservation goals
  • DOE's 30% energy usage reduction targets across national DOE complexes by 2015
  • DOE's intent to generate 20% of electricity energy consumption by 2017
  • DOE's goal of achieving price parity in solar electricity generation by 2015

Program Objective

To provide a well-rounded education in energy engineering in the technical areas of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mathematics, as well as policy oriented education in state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies, energy management, and design for energy efficient tools and buildings. The certificate program is designed to enable graduates to analyze energy consumption patterns and perform energy audits, manage energy generation projects, manage energy utilization and its economic impacts, and analyze energy options to achieve optimal energy efficiency.

Course Descriptions

The SEAS Energy Certificate Program consists of four courses, as listed below:

  1. MAE 6262 Energy Systems and Analysis (3 credits), Fall

    Analysis of energy resources and conversion devices. Statistical data analysis, forecasting, I/O, and net energy analyses, mathematical modeling.

  2. MAE 6263 Advances in Energy Engineering (3 credits) Spring

    Review of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, renewable energy generation and their current status, new energy generation technologies, current and future engine and propulsion technologies, net zero energy buildings/houses

  3. EMSE 6285 Analytical Tools for Energy Management (3 credits), Fall

    Analytical tools needed to manage energy resources at the facility level. Energy technologies: instrumentation, measurement, and control. Energy auditing; conservation techniques, financial and economic analysis, and maintenance of energy budgets. Focus on areas of environmental and energy management and use of current case studies to develop a framework of understanding to support decisions in a broad variety of management settings.

  4. EMSE 6260 Energy Management (3 credits), Spring

    Examination of the range of available energy resources, trends in their use, the programs and organizations that have developed and evolved to address problems associated with energy resource use.