Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate Online

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with Engineering-LAS Online Learning is introducing a new online graduate certificate in Energy Systems Engineering.  In this 12-credit program, students take two core courses online and choose two electives from a variety of online courses.

As an interdisciplinary major, ESE has six focus areas: biorenewables (B), wind (W), nuclear (N), power generation and distribution (P), building energy and energy efficiency (E), or thermal science (T).

One of the challenges facing society in the 21st century is providing sustainable energy for a growing world population. Widely reported warnings have emphasized the need to develop new sources of energy, while at the same time preventing or reversing the degradation of the environment. Energy systems are pervasive, affecting nearly every aspect of society. The increasing complexity of these systems, along with increasing environmental constraints, requires practicing professionals in the field that have knowledge, skills and abilities specific to energy system design, evaluation, construction and management.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the ESE graduate program are reviewed after the application deadlines.  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.  Admission and application procedures for the Mechanical Engineering graduate program can be found on the ME department website and Graduate College website.

Certificate Requirements

The Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of 12 approved graduate credits. Students must maintain a grade average of B or higher in all coursework. A list of courses can be found in the ESE Graduate Handbook.

Completion of introductory courses may be required and not counted as credits toward the graduate certificate. Credits gained toward certificate could count toward subsequent master’s degree.

Required courses (6 credits)

  • ME 531X Advanced Energy Systems (3 credits), offered every fall
  • ME 510X Energy Engineering Economics and Policy (3 credits), offered every spring

Electives (6 credits)
Two elective courses selected from a number of courses offered by different departments at ISU. (Appendix D of ESE Graduate Handbook)

If a student’s undergraduate degree did not include a course in thermodynamics, three (3) credits must be ChE 381, MatE 311, or ME 332 or an equivalent thermodynamics course at another university.

Note

  • Other on-campus courses can also be used to fulfill the electives requirement.
  • Some of the courses are offered once per year, others once every two years.
  • Completion of introductory courses may be required for no credit of students who are deficient in the respective course prerequisites.
  • Credits gained could count towards a subsequent master’s degree.

Contact Information

 Mark Mba Wright Mark Mba-Wright
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
2078 Black Engineering
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011-2030
Email: markmw@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-0913
Samantha Hirschman
Program Assistant for Graduate Education
Mechanical Engineering
2019 Black Engineering
515-294-0838
srhirsc@iastate.edu
Engineering-LAS Online Learning
800-854-1675 or 515-294-7470
elo@iastate.edu