2016-2017 Catalog

Energy Systems Engineering

Faculty: Alshami, Ames, Bowman, Cavalli, Gosnold, Grewal, Ji, Kolodka, Krishnamoorthy, Mann (Graduate Program Director), Putkonen, Salehfar, Seames, Tande, Wills and Zahui

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Energy Engineering

Responding to climate change, rising energy costs, and security issues facing society, the College of Engineering and Mines offers a Master of Science and a Master of Engineering degree in Energy Systems Engineering. These degree programs continue UND’s tradition as a world leader in energy-related research and education. The Energy Systems Engineering program educates graduate students in the growing field of energy engineering which includes the absorption and conversion of wind energy; geothermal energy conversion; renewable fuels and chemicals; hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and utilization; energy efficiency; the environmentally acceptable use of coal; the absorption and conversion of solar energy and other technologies. Coursework is designed to help students develop a broad background in the technical, economic, and societal factors needed to develop and implement new energy systems. Research projects provide focused, experiential learning in areas of energy systems engineering. Projects are often conducted through our interdisciplinary Institute for Energy Studies; Sustainable Energy Research, Infrastructure and Supporting Education (ND SUNRISE) research initiative; the Petroleum Research, Education and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (PREEC); or in collaboration with the Energy and  Environmental Research Center.

This program is designed to equip students for careers associated with energy technologies as well as to conduct research and development activities or to pursue advanced studies associated with technologies that will provide sustainable sources of energy in the future. Coursework will be designed to help students develop a broad background in the technical, economic, and societal factors needed to develop energy systems. Graduates from this program are expected to find employment in the emerging renewable energy economic sector as well as in the more traditional utilities industry and supporting engineering companies. The M.S. degree is the most common option in the Energy Systems Engineering program.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degrees section.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The objective of the Energy Systems Engineering Master of Science program is to equip students for careers conducting research and development activities in sustainable energy fields, or to pursue advanced studies in technologies that will provide sustainable sources of energy in the future. This preparation will be customized to meet specific areas of interest to the students and for which the faculty is qualified to manage and instruct.

Goal 1: Graduates will have mastered selected topics in Energy Systems Engineering and related areas to achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient researchers, having the skills required to formulate, assess, and document a hypothesis.

Goal 3: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry, government, or doctoral studies in energy engineering.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The objective of the Energy Systems Engineering Master of Engineering program is to equip students for careers designing and implementing energy technologies or pursuing advanced studies in technologies that will provide sustainable sources of energy in the future. This preparation will be customized to meet specific areas of interest to the student with an emphasis on sustainable energy engineering design.

Goal 1: Graduates will have mastered selected topics in Energy Systems Engineering and related areas to achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient at engineering design, with the ability to solve complex energy engineering problems.

Goal 3: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry or government in energy engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The program recognizes that effective researchers should have extensive expertise in a specialization (track) coupled with a familiarity and awareness of related research needs and the context for applying that expertise. Students enrolled in the Energy Engineering Ph.D. program will develop a broad and inclusive background in the chosen track while also working with faculty from related disciplines to create the interdisciplinary and integrative research paradigms necessary for comprehensive research. A principal goal of the program is to produce Ph.D. research engineers for careers that focus on the invention and development of new technologies and advances for the 21st Century and beyond. Activities to develop professional and personal skills are intended through a multidisciplinary emphasis to enable participants to:

  1. understand the ethical, political, and economic impacts of their research developments and policies; and
  2. improve their ability to communicate about complex technical subjects in both professional and general settings.

Goal 1: Graduates will have a depth of knowledge in civil engineering accompanied by a breadth of knowledge in related areas to achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Goal 2: Graduates will be proficient researchers, i.e. they will have the skills required to formulate, assess and document a hypothesis.

Goal 3: Graduates will be well prepared for advanced professional practice, for teaching, and for careers in research and creative activity in civil engineering or a related field.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in chemical, mechanical or environmental engineering or related field. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or an unrelated engineering field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, or 3.00 for the last two years. (An overall GPA of at least 3.3 for the combined BS ChE / MS ESE or combined BS ME / MS ESE degree is required.)
  3. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Required Courses:
    CHE 591Research3 - 5
    CHE 998Thesis4
    At least 21 credits of coursework from energy systems engineering and related fields, which may include a minor or cognate21 - 23
    Total Credits28-32
  5. A thesis documenting research on a topic related to energy systems engineering.

Non-Thesis Option

  1. A minimum of 32 semester credits, including credits granted for the independent study project.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Required Courses:
    CHE 591Research4 - 6
    CHE 997Independent Study2
    At least 24 credits of coursework from energy systems engineering and related fields24 - 26
    Total Credits30-34
  5. Preparation of a written independent study report approved by the faculty advisor
  6. Passing of a comprehensive final examination.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in chemical, mechanical, environmental engineering or related field. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or an unrelated engineering field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire a background in chemical or mechanical engineering. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50, or 3.00 for the last two years.
  3. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits, including the credits granted for the design project.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Required Courses
    CHE 595Design Project6 - 8
    CHE 997Independent Study2
    At least 22 credits of coursework from energy systems engineering and related fields, which may include a minor or cognate, with at least 15 of these credits in engineering design-related courses as approved by the graduate program director22 - 24
    Total Credits30-34
  5. A written report documenting work on a successfully completed energy systems engineering design project.
  6. Passing of a comprehensive final examination.

Students admitted to the Energy Systems Engineering program are expected to take the majority of their courses from the following course offerings. The student’s exact program of study is decided on a case by case basis by the student in consultation with their faculty advisor and with approvals by the Director of the ESE graduate program and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.  Other recommended courses will be published on the College of Engineering's website.

CHE 503Fuels Technology3
CHE 504Air Pollution Control3
CHE 515Design of Engineering Experiments3
CHE 520Impurities in Combustion and Gasification Systems3
CHE 535Metallic Corrosion and Polymer Degradation3
EE 423Power Systems I3
EE 522Renewable Energy Systems3
EE 523Power Systems II3
ENGR 501Energy, Resources and Policy3
ENGR 502Alternative Energy Systems3
ME 464Computational Fluid Dynamics3
ME 545Fluidized-Bed Combustion Engineering3
CHE 562Seminar in Chemical Engineering1
CHE 591Research1-15
CHE 595Design Project3-6
CHE 997Independent Study2
CHE 998Thesis1-9

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.  Additional requirements include:

  1. B.S. degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a M.S. degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering-related field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the Graduate School.  The following requirements are in addition to the UND graduate school general requirements for the Ph.D.:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester credits, including acceptable master’s degree work and credits granted for the dissertation and the research leading to the dissertation.  These 90 credits should include:
    • 30 to 48 semester credits of coursework taken from the approved list published by the Energy Engineering program.  Other courses may be accepted with approval of the student’s faculty advisor and the graduate director.
    • 30 to 48 semester credits of research.
    • 12 credits of dissertation.
  2. Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam when at least 45 post baccalaureate credits have been completed. This exam will be based on core courses taken for this degree and their application to the student’s research. The exam will be administered by at least three graduate faculty members from the Institute for Energy Studies and its Faculty Affiliates. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial exam attempt.
  3. Students must present to their advisory committee an annual oral progress report describing research progress.
  4. Preparation and defense of a dissertation documenting original and independent research on a topic related to energy engineering.
  5. Scholarly Tools:  Engineering and mathematics courses required to fulfill the requirements for those students admitted under Qualified Status.   Scholarly tools courses taken for graduate credit after a student has enrolled in a graduate program at UND may be counted to fulfill requirements listed in Item 1.
  6. There is no residency requirement for this program.

Courses

SEE 510. Process Design & Feasibility Assessment of Sustainable Technologies. 3 Credits.

The research-to-commercialization life cycle and evaluation methods are examined in depth using sustainable energy technologies as specific case studies.

SEE 590. Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering. 1-6 Credits.

Investigations of special topics in sustainable energy engineering dictated by students and faculty interests. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable.

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