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.