by Kristy Hessman
Students of Santa Clara University School of Engineering can now earn a master's degreein sustainable energy. The newly created program focuses on training students in the renewable energy and science fields. Coursework will focus on responses to environmental problems and include project-based learning, case analysis and industrial practices meant to apply to real-work situations.
Students graduating with the new degree could pursue careers in energy management, smart grids and energy generation and distribution. The degree program, to be offered this fall, is open to all students who have completed their bachelor's in any engineering discipline, including computer, electrical, mechanical or civil engineering.
The creation of the program came after officials noted high numbers of students participating in an alternative energy course, offered beginning in 2006. The course garners enrollment of more than 120 students per year. In 2010, a certificate in renewable energy was offered by the university. Enrollment in renewable energy courses reached 500 students last year.
Recent success by the university in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competitions have also led to courses being offered in alternative energies, power electronics and photovoltaic cells. The school finished third in both the 2007 and 2009 competition.Reprinted with permission from Earth Techling