CEE 501 Greenhouse Gas Control

Online Graduate Courses

CEE 501/ESENG 599 Greenhouse Gas Control

Greenhouse Gas Control

Course Description

This course presents a review of strategies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in power generation, transportation, and the built environment. Sources, discharges, and physical properties of greenhouse gases are surveyed, and technologies for greenhouse gas elimination or sequestration are discussed. Policy options for greenhouse gas control and carbon footprint reduction are also considered.

CEE501/ESENG599 can fulfill a degree requirement in the Master of Engineering in Automotive Engineering (Auto Eng); Energy Systems Engineering (ESE); Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering (GAME) and Manufacturing Engineering (PIM) programs. Contact an ISD Graduate Coordinator for more information and to discuss your Plan of Study (POS).

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and their radiative forcing effects on the global climate.
  2. Use physical property data to calculate the energy requirements for the compression, transport, and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide.
  3. Perform engineering design calculations for the separation of carbon dioxide from pre- or post-combustion gas mixtures using absorption solvents, adsorbents, or membranes.
  4. Carry out an eco-audit of a product or a process carbon footprint to guide the selection of low carbon intensity materials for buildings and manufactured goods.
  5. Understand strategies for transportation sector greenhouse gas emission reductions using fuel economy improvements or onboard vehicle carbon capture.
  6. Be familiar with the economic and regulatory policy options for controlling greenhouse gas emissions, and the political and societal challenges of implementing these policies.

Course Instructor

Christian Lastoskie

Christian Lastoskie

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Professor Lastoskie's research interests are in sustainable energy and water systems. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He joined the University of Michigan's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2001, following appointments as a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories and as a chemical engineering faculty member at Michigan State University.

Professor Lastoskie conducts research on a number of subjects related to energy infrastructure systems and technology development, including novel nanostructured materials for carbon dioxide capture from combustion gases; carbon nanoborn adsorbents for hydrogen storage; and watershed modeling decision support tools to assist electric utilities in meeting their water resource needs for thermoelectric power generation.

Prof. Lastoskie is the co-recipient of a 2008 Center of Energy Excellence Award from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to conduct life cycle analysis of lithium batteries projected for use in extended range electric vehicles. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the National Institutes of Health, Sun Microsystems, and the W.M. Keck Foundation. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2008, he was recognized by the Japan Carbon Society with its Award for Innovative Research. Professor Lastoskie has introduced new courses at U-M in multimedia environmental modeling and energy infrastructure systems. He has taught graduate courses at Dow Chemical in Midland and in the U-M College of Engineering Integrative Systems + Design (IS+D).