Energy is the preeminent issue of our time. During the transition from coal to sustainable energy sources, society faces a multitude of challenges. The engineers role will be to evaluate various energy resources with regard to factors such as their environmental effect, production cost and associated technical challenges.
The course addresses the technologies and economics of electric power generation, transmission and distribution. Centralized versus distributed generation, and fossil fuels versus renewable resources, are considered in regard to engineering, market and regulatory principles. Students develop an understanding of the energy challenges confronting society and investigate technologies that seek to address future needs.
CEE 230, MechE 336, ChemE 330, or equivalent recommended.
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).