• Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering

Curriculum and Plan of Study

The Energy Systems Engineering degree requires completion of 30 credit hours (10 courses).

Requirements

Coursework requirements include:

  • (A) Engineering Core: a two-semester course sequence (6 credits) consisting of ESENG 505/ME 571 and AUTO 533/ME 433; 1 semester of a seminar ESENG 501(3 credits); and 1 semester of a course (3 credits) selected from other core offerings
  • (B) Energy Analysis: two courses (6 credits) selected from existing disciplinary offerings
  • (C) Energy Systems Specialty: three courses (9 credits) selected from any of the three energy specialty disciplines
  • (D) Energy Systems Capstone Project: one course (3 credits) consisting of the ESENG 503 project

Course Options

The chart below lists examples of eligible courses. The list is not exhautsive.

An asterisk (*) indicates the course is available online or on campus. All classes without an asterisk are available on campus only.

Course descriptions are available on the Michigan Engineering Course Guide & Bulletin.
Program Summary

 
ESE Online


Online Projected Schedule and Online Curriculum



 
Group A: Engineering Core and Energy Systems Seminar (12 credits)
    Three of the four courses are required (12 credits total). Through these courses, students are exposed to different energy technologies, and advanced energy systems. For example, ESENG 501 showcases expert lecturers from across the United Students who discuss various sustainable energy technologies. These discussions touch on economic impacts, intended benefits, possible disadvantages, and other points to offer a comprehensive overview of a given energy technology.
    If a course is designated 'special topics', be sure to enroll in the correct section number/topic
    Select the following three required core courses:
    • ESENG 505/ME 571 Energy Generation and Storage Using Modern Materials *
    • AUTO 533/ME 433 Advanced Energy Solutions *
    • ESENG 501 Seminars on Energy Systems, Technology and Policy *
    And, select a fourth course to fulfill 12 credit hour core requirement:
    • ME 589 Sustainable Design of Technology Systems *
    • MECHENG 499 Advanced Energy systems
    • ISD 520 Introduction to Systems Engineering
    • BIOMEDE 410/MSE 410 - Design & Applications of Biomaterials
    • CEE 567/ESENG 567 - Energy Infrastructure Systems
    • CEE 686 - Environmental Systainability
    • CHE 538 - Statistical & Irreversible Thermodynamics
    • EECS 414 - Introduction to MEMS
    • EECS 528 - Principles of Microelectronics Process Technology
    • EECS 562 - Nonlinear Systems & Controls 
    • ENGR 520 - Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals for Scientists & Engineers
    • IOE 425 - Manufacturing Strategies
    • IOE 506 - Stochastic Analysis of Finance
    • MECHENG 401/MFG 402 - Statistical Quality Control and Design
    • MECHENG 438 - Internal Combustion Engines
    • MECHENG 452 - Design for Manufacturability
    • MECHENG 539 - Heat Transfer Physics
    • MECHENG 552 - Mechatronic Systems Design
    • MECHENG 559 - Smart Materials
    • MECHENG 589 - Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
    • MATSCIE 501 - Structure & Processing of Electrical Materials
    • NERS 442 - Muclear Power Reactor
Group B: Energy Analysis (6 credits)
    Students take two courses (6 credits) in this area to highlight the breadth of energy systems. The courses are from varied areas: finance, natural resources, public policy, and a wide scope of different engineering courses.
    Select two courses to fulfill this requirement. 
    • AEROSP 530 - Gas Turbines
    • BE 501 - Applied Microeconomics
    • BE 527/NRE527 - Social Institutions for Energy Production/Energy Markets & Energy Politics
    • CEE 480 - Design of Environmental Engineering Systems
    • CEE 501/ESENG 599 - Greenhouse Gas Control
    • CEE 567/ESENG 567 Energy Infrastructure Systems *
    • CEE 686 - Environmental Sustainability
    • ECON 435 Financial Economics
    • ECON 574 - Forecasting & Modeling
    • EECS 406- High Tech Entrepreneurship
    • EECS 418 - Power Electronics
    • EECS 463 - Power System Analysis & Design
    • EECS 498- Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources (special topics)
    • EECS 560 - Linear Systems Theory
    • EHS 588 - Environmental Law
    • EHS 672 - Life Cycle Assessment
    • ENGR 520 - Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals for Scientist & Engineers
    • ENGR 521 - Clean Tech Entrepreneurship
    • ES 715 - Driving Innovation Processes/Innovative New Business Design
    • FIN 551 - Financial Management Policy
    • FIN 580 - Options & Futures in Corporate Decision Making
    • FIN 629 - Financing Technology Entrepreneurship
    • IOE 440 - Operations Analysis & Management
    • IOE 452 Corporate Finance 
    • IOE 453 Derivative Instruments 
    • IOE 434 Human Error and Complex System Failures
    • IOE 533 - Human Factors in Engineering Systems
    • IOE 539/MFG 539 Occupational Safety Engineering 
    • MECHENG 565 - Battery Systems & Controls
    • MECHENG 566 Modeling Analysis and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles *
    • MECHENG 589 Sustainble Design of Technology Systems *
    • MECHENG 599-7 - Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
    • NRE 513/CSIB 56 - Strategies for Sustainable Development
    • NRE 550 - Systems Thinking in Sustained Development
    • NRE 557 - Industrial Ecology
    • NRE 574 Sustainable Energy Systems (same as PPOL 519)
    • NRE 575 - Thinking Analytically for Policy & Decisions 
    • PUBPOL 481 - Science, Technology, & Public Policy
Group C: Energy Systems Specialty (9 credits)
These courses are designed to give students depth within one of three concentrations: Energy Generation, Distribution and Usage; Transportation Power; and Sustainable Chemical Conversion. Students must take three courses in this group (9 credits).
 
    If a course is designated 'special topics, be sure to enroll in the correct section number/topic.
    Choose two from same area; one may come from another area. Select three courses to satisfy an energy specialty. These are examples:

Energy Generation, Distribution, and Usage

    • AERO 533 - Combustion Processes
    • ARCH 575 - Building Ecology
    • AUTO 501 - Integrated Vehicle Systems Design
    • CEE 567/ESENG 567 - Energy Infrastructure Systems
    • CEE 587 - Water Resource Policy
    • CHE 696 - Fuel Cells & Fuel Processors
    • EECS 419 - Electric Machinery & Drives (special Topics)
    • EECS 463 - Power System Analysis & Design
    • EECS 498 - Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources (special topics)
    • EECS 598 - Infrastructure for Vehicle Electrification (special topics)
    • EECS 598 - Solar Cell Device Physics (special Topics)
    • EECS 598 - Analysis of Electric Power Distribution Systems and Loads (special topics)
    • ENGR 521 - Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
    • ESCEN 531 - Nuclear Waste Management
    • FIN 615 Valuation
    • FIN 647 - Corporate Financial Strategy
    • MECHENG 489 - Sustainable Engineering & Design
    • MECHENG 555/MFG 555 - Design Optimization
    • MECHENG 565 - Battery Systems & Control
    • MECHENG 566 - Modeling Analysis and control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles
    • MECHENG 589 - Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
    • MECHENG 599-7 - Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (special topics)
    • MFG 549 - Plant Flow Systems
    • NERS 441 - Nuclear Reactor Theory 1
    • NERS 442 - Nucleear Power Reactor
    • NRE 513 - Competitive Strategy for sustainable Development
    • NRE 527 - Social Inst. for Energy Prodction/Energy Markets & Energy Politics
    • NRE 575 - Thinking analytically for Policy & Decisions
    • NRE 605/BA 605 - Green Development
    • PUBPOL 563 - Environment Policy
    • PUBPOL 564 - Government Regulation of Industry & Environment
    • PUBPOL 655 - Energy in World Politics
    • UP 502 - Environmental Planning Issures & Concepts

Transportation Power
AERO 464 The Space Environment
AERO 536 Electric Propulsion
AUTO 563 Dynamics and Controls of Automatic Transmissions *
AUTO 599 Analysis and Control of Alternative Powertrains
ME 438 Internal Combustion Engines *
ME 533 Combustion Processes
ME 538 Advanced Internal Combustion Engines

Sustainable Chemical Conversion
CEE 501/ESENG 599 Greenhouse Gas Control *
CHE 444 Applied Chemical Kinetics
CHE 496/696 Hydrogen Technology: Production & Storage
CHE 696 Fuel Cells & Fuel Processors *
EECS 498 Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources
ENGR 521 Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
ESENG 505/MECHENG 571 Energy Generation & Storage of Modern Materials *
MECHENG 437 Applied Energy Conversion
MECHENG 499 Advanced Energy Systems
MECHENG 539 Heat Transfer Physics
MECHENG 555/MFG 555 Design Optimization *
MECHENG 589 Sustainable Design of Technology Systems *
MECHENG 599-1 Fundamentals of Energy Conversion
NERS 531 Nuclear Waste Management
NRE 513 Competitive Strategy for Sustainable Development
NRE 574/PPOL 519 Sustainable Energy Systems
NRE 605/BA 605 Green Development
PUBPOL 564 Government Regulation of Industry & Environment

Group D: Energy Systems Capstone Project (3 credits)
    The ESE program concludes with a 3-credit project that can be completed individually or with a group. The project is approved by the program director and supervised by a University of Michigan faculty. The project gives the student the experience of confronting an energy problem and discovering a possible solution.
  • Project (Required: 3 credits)
    ESENG 503 Projects in Energy Systems Engineering *

Sample Program (1-Year Plan of Study)

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Energy Systems Engineering can be completed in 1-2 years on a full-time basis. The sample program below is an example of a 12-month completion (attending classes fall, winter and spring/summer).

ESE-Sample Program

 

Plan of Study

It is critical for students to develop an approved plan of study to ensure that they will meet all the core and concentration requirements necessary to obtain their degree.

Download an Energy Systems Engineering Plan of Study form

Substitution of courses must be approved in advance. The approved plan of study must be on file in the ESE Office. Any changes to the plan of study must be approved and also be on file.

The ISD office will help you prepare your plan of study. Following admission, you will be contacted by your graduate coordinator who will set up an appointment for you to discuss your plan of study options. For assistance in scheduling an appointment, contact:

Ronda Hamilton
Energy Systems Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator
1226 School of Information North
1075 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112
(734) 647-7188
rondalh@umich.edu

If you make any changes to your Plan of Study after it has been approved, the ESE office will need to approve your changes.