Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace 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 choice.
E3 specialization requires an interdisciplinary thesis in an E3 area of research for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and an interdisciplinary graduate project for professional master’s degrees. 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 Ph.D. program requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor of science. 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 designated adviser, if the total undergraduate credit hours for the M.E. or M.S. degree do not exceed departmental constraints.
Students are also required to attend interdisciplinary seminars during their first and/or second semesters, which are offered as part of the regular graduate seminars by the departments. A student completing a M.S. or Ph.D. thesis or professional master’s project will be a member of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of professors and students from chemical, environmental, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering backgrounds, working in a cross-disciplinary group project. Each interdisciplinary team must include professors from different departments.
Policies and procedures regarding admission, advising, financial aid, and comprehensive examinations are established by the individual departments offering this program.
|CHE 543||Energy, Environment, and Economics||3|
|Select 5 E3 courses from Groups A and/or B||15|
|MMAE 691||Research and Thesis Ph.D.||24|
Minimum degree credits required: 72
Candidates must pass written qualifying and comprehensive examinations and must defend their thesis in an oral examination. The Ph.D. committee for E3 students must include at least one E3 professor from outside the student’s department.
See descriptions under the respective department’s course listings.
|CHE 536||Computational Techniques in Engineering||3|
|CHE 541||Renewable Energy Technologies||3|
|CHE 542||Fluidization and Gas-Solids Flow Systems||3|
|CHE 565||Fundamentals of Electrochemistry||3|
|ECE 550||Power Electronic Dynamics and Control||3|
|ECE 551||Advanced Power Electronics||3|
|ECE 552||Adjustable Speed Drives||3|
|ECE 553||Power System Planning||3|
|ECE 554||Power System Relaying||3|
|ECE 555||Power Market Operations||3|
|ECE 557||Fault-Tolerant Power Systems||3|
|ECE 558||Power System Reliability||3|
|ECE 559||High Voltage Power Transmission||3|
|ECE 560||Power Systems Dynamics and Stability||3|
|ECE 561||Deregulated Power Systems||3|
|ECE 562||Power System Transaction Management||3|
|ECE 563||Computational Intelligence in Engineering||3|
|ECE 564||Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems||3|
|MMAE 517||Computational Fluid Dynamics||3|
|MMAE 520||Advanced Thermodynamics||3|
|MMAE 522||Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems||3|
|MMAE 523||Fundamentals of Power Generation||3|
|MMAE 524||Fundamentals of Combustion||3|
|MMAE 525||Fundamentals of Heat Transfer||3|
|MMAE 526||Heat Transfer: Conduction||3|
|MMAE 527||Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation||3|
|CHE 541||Renewable Energy Technologies||3|
|CHE 560||Statistical Quality and Process Control||3|
|ENVE 501||Environmental Chemistry||3|
|ENVE 542||Physiochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering||3|
|ENVE 551||Industrial Waste Treatment||3|
|ENVE 561||Design of Environmental Engineering Processes||3|
|ENVE 570||Air Pollution Meteorology||3|
|ENVE 577||Design of Air Pollution Control Devices||3|
|ENVE 578||Physical and Chemical Processes for Industrial Gas Cleaning||3|
|ENVE 580||Hazardous Waste Engineering||3|