Energy System Fundamentals and Processes

The Energy System Fundamentals and Processes program will prepare well students in key fundamental concepts that govern transformation and use of energy in industrial processes as well as in daily human activities. Students will become expert in the use of thermodynamic principles to assess efficiency of various energy conversion as well as separation processes. They will learn what to do and what not to do while synthesizing and designing energy processes. Students will develop system level mastery for the entire landscape of energy that will include fossil resources such as coal, natural gas, oil, etc. as well as renewable resources including solar, biomass, etc. Common features of various energy conversions processes that are independent of the energy source will be highlighted. This will enable students to perform systems level analysis for evaluating complex and highly interconnected energy processes and activities.

The mastery of the course will enable rational decisions related to energy transformations and usage. The systems level understanding will lead to quick identification of process/system inefficiencies and provide tools for creating innovative solutions.


Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 - Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

(3) CHE 59500 – Systems Analysis of Energy Prod
(3) CHE 59700 – Organic Elect. Materials & Devices
(3) CHE 59700 – Intro to Energy Storage System
(3) CHE 59700 – Intro Nanoscale Science & Engineering
(3) CHE 59700 – Advanced Solar Energy Conversion
(3) CHE 59700 – Battery Systems Engineering
(3) CHE 59700 – Separations Processes
(3) CHE 62000 – Transport Phenomena
(3) ME 50500 – Intermediate Heat Transfer
(3) ME 51400 – Fundamentals of Wind Energy
(3) ME 59700 – Solar Energy Technology
(3) MSE 52500 – Struct-Property Relations of Eng Polymers
(3) MSE 56700 – Polymer Synthesis
(3) MSE 59700 – Material Sci Recharge Batteries
(3) NUCL 59700 – Fuel Cell Engineering 

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 69700 – Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)
 

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