Energy Generation, Distribution, and Usage Concentration
A number of developing technologies, including battery, fuel cell, and solar cell systems, have the potential to make a landscape-changing impact on the way energy is produced, stored, and distributed. These emerging technologies along with well-established commercialized systems will shape our energy landscape in the foreseeable future. Coursework includes technological underpinnings and the social context describing the interplay between the emerging and established technologies in the field of global energy generation, storage, and distribution.
Transportation Power Concentration
The internal combustion engine has set the standard for energy and power density and has enabled a level of performance in mobility that is challenging to reach by other sources. New technologies including fuel cells, batteries, and hybrid systems can meet or exceed conventionally agreed upon targets, while new infrastructure in both energy generation and automotive design and manufacturing will be necessary to realize the benefits of these approaches. Advances in fuel technologies including clean diesel, bio fuels, and high compression combustion ignition require parallel fluency in vehicle technologies, which must be adapted for their use. Coursework in this area includes vehicle and power sources technology along with specific courses on the drive trains of the future.
Sustainable Chemical Conversion Concentration
Chemical conversion plays a critical role in nearly all aspects of modern societies, including generation and conversion of energy, production of chemicals and fuels, and pollution mitigation. Many aspect of technologies related to chemical conversion have undergone and are undergoing significant changes—aiming to make these processes more energy and resource efficient and environmentally friendly. Coursework will focus on chemical conversion technology, social implications, and perspectives from leaders in the field.