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Ohio University has added a new bachelor of science degree program in energy engineering (EnE) to begin in fall 2014. Applications are currently being accepted.
Offered by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the program will be the first four-year energy engineering program in Ohio, and just the third in the country.
Students in the program will graduate prepared to address a significant societal demand for energy innovation in a rapidly growing field.
“Energy is considered one of the grand challenges for engineering and touches each of our lives, so we need to do the best that we can to prepare future Russ College graduates to contribute to a long term sustainable energy future,” said Robe Professor Greg Kremer, chair of the department of mechanical engineering that will administer the new program.
Students will consider transport phenomena, fuels and electrical conversion, energy efficiency, techno-economics, and life-cycle assessments to meet the technological demands of the energy industry. Technical electives will enable students to develop a focus in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering through study of energy conversion methods, atmospheric pollution control, coal conversion, fuel-cell design, electrochemical engineering, nuclear power engineering, and solar cells and photovoltaics.
Energy engineering involves concepts from several engineering disciplines, and the new program will combine faculty expertise and research from the mechanical, chemical and biomolecular, and electrical engineering departments.
“We’re excited about the energy engineering program because it is an important response to a complex problem that transcends disciplinary boundaries,” Kremer said. “Energy systems aren’t specifically mechanical or chemical or electrical, and we believe that energy engineers need a different fundamental skill set in order to look at energy issues differently and generate new, more integrated solutions. That’s the reason we believe an undergraduate degree program makes sense.”
The program is the second new bachelor’s degree program introduced by the Russ College this year to address growth areas in the profession, following the Bachelor of Science in Technical Operations Management that will also begin this fall.
“The very fact that we have a new bachelor’s program is unique,” said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. “It is only with a clear, present and overwhelming need that we develop one. If we can solve the source and environmental considerations of energy generation, then we’ve done society a great good -- an everlasting good.”