Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering with Specialization in Energy/Environment/Economics (E3)

The Energy/Environment/Economics (E3) program was developed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the energy industry by providing the interdisciplinary research and training required to produce a new breed of engineer—one who specializes in energy technologies and who understands the associated environmental issues and economic forces that drive technology choices.

The E3 specialization requires an interdisciplinary graduate project in an E3 area. Graduate students in E3 should also be enrolled in fundamental courses related to the topics of energy, environment, and economics. E3 is designed primarily for students majoring in mechanical and aerospace, materials, chemical, environmental, or electrical engineering who are planning careers in energy-related fields. This interdisciplinary training prepares students to be not only creative and expert in a specialized area of energy extraction, conversion, or utilization, but also to possess a broad knowledge base of different energy sources, environmental issues related to energy extraction, conversion, and utilization, and of the impact of industrial ecology principles on the design and operation of energy systems. Furthermore, students will gain sufficient knowledge of economic and regulatory issues to enable them to make more viable technology choices.

General Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a master’s degree are required to take 30-32 credit hours beyond the requirements of a B.S. degree program. The curriculum consists of two components: department core courses that provide a strong background in basic principles of the chosen engineering field and E3 specialization courses. Selected E3 undergraduate courses may be substituted for graduate courses with the approval of the adviser, if the total undergraduate credit hours do not exceed departmental constraints.


Core Courses (15)
CHE 543Energy, Environment, and Economics3
MMAE 554Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials3
MMAE 569Advanced Physical Metallurgy3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Thermodynamics3
Advanced Thermodynamics3
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Renewable Energy Technologies3
Electrochemical Engineering3
Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems3
Fundamentals of Power Generation3
Non-Core Courses (9)
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:6
Introduction to Polymer Science3
Fundamentals of Heat Transfer3
Solidification and Crystal Growth3
Advanced Mechanical Metallurgy3
Problems in High-Temperature Materials3
Advanced Materials Processing3
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Fuel Cell Fundamentals3
Environmental Chemistry3
Physiochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
Industrial Waste Treatment3
Design of Environmental Engineering Processes3
Air Pollution Meteorology3
Design of Air Pollution Control Devices3
Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning3
Hazardous Waste Engineering3
Thesis Research (6-8)
MMAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8
Electives (0-2)
Select zero to two credit hours0-2

Minimum degree credits required: 32 

E3 Courses

See descriptions under the respective department’s course listings.

Group A

CHE 503Thermodynamics3
CHE 536Computational Techniques in Engineering3
CHE 541Renewable Energy Technologies3
CHE 542Fluidization and Gas-Solids Flow Systems3
CHE 565Fundamentals of Electrochemistry3
ECE 550Power Electronic Dynamics and Control3
ECE 551Advanced Power Electronics3
ECE 552Adjustable Speed Drives3
ECE 553Power System Planning3
ECE 554Power System Relaying3
ECE 555Power Market Operations3
ECE 557Fault-Tolerant Power Systems3
ECE 558Power System Reliability3
ECE 559High Voltage Power Transmission3
ECE 560Power Systems Dynamics and Stability3
ECE 561Deregulated Power Systems3
ECE 562Power System Transaction Management3
ECE 563Computational Intelligence in Engineering3
ECE 564Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems3
MMAE 517Computational Fluid Dynamics3
MMAE 520Advanced Thermodynamics3
MMAE 522Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems3
MMAE 523Fundamentals of Power Generation3
MMAE 524Fundamentals of Combustion3
MMAE 525Fundamentals of Heat Transfer3
MMAE 526Heat Transfer: Conduction3
MMAE 527Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation3

Group B

CHE 541Renewable Energy Technologies3
CHE 560Statistical Quality and Process Control3
ENVE 501Environmental Chemistry3
ENVE 506Chemodynamics3
ENVE 542Physiochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
ENVE 551Industrial Waste Treatment3
ENVE 561Design of Environmental Engineering Processes3
ENVE 570Air Pollution Meteorology3
ENVE 577Design of Air Pollution Control Devices3
ENVE 578Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning3
ENVE 580Hazardous Waste Engineering3