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Energy Systems Engineering

ABET Accreditation

 

The Energy Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


 

What is Energy Systems Engineering?

Energy Systems Engineering is a relatively new undergraduate degree offering launched by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2009.  The program is truly unique and unlike any other engineering degree in the country.

ESE engineers may choose training in alternative and environmentally-friendly energy conversion systems to complement their education in traditional technologies that will continue to play an important role for the foreseeable future.

Although the discipline of mechanical engineering has historically been responsible for the design of energy conversion cycles and equipment, issues outside the conventional realms of engineering are increasingly important to address as new and improved energy conversion systems are implemented. The engineer trained in Energy Systems will be better equipped than traditional Mechanical Engineers to deal with the environmental, legal, political and economic aspects of new energy projects.

 

The energy systems engineering (ESE) program is designed to train engineers to address one of this country’s foremost challenges: to achieve energy independence and yet meet the growing demand for energy, while at the same time addressing critical environmental concerns.


Why should I study energy systems engineering?

  • Energy Systems Engineering is a unique and relatively new engineering program designed by UW’s Mechanical Engineering faculty. It is the first of its kind in the nation. Launched in 2009, ESE was designed to provide a more comprehensive “systems engineering” approach to the development and implementation of energy-conversion systems.
  • The ESE degree has many course work requirements in common with the Mechanical Engineering degree, particularly in the thermal, fluids, and energy conversion sciences. However, the ESE program emphasizes energy conversion aspects of Mechanical Engineering and requires course work from UW’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), course work in environmental law, and two electives picked from a list of classes that focus attention on energy and the environment.
  • The program allows students to choose four energy-based technical electives from 11 offerings. These electives include three courses in energy conversion, two in renewable energy (solar and wind engineering), two in environmental engineering, and two in petroleum engineering.
  • Our engineering classes are taught by full-time faculty with Ph.D. degrees, not graduate students. The University of Wyoming is surrounded by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, skiing, fishing, climbing, biking and kayaking.
  • Three residence hall floors with computing laboratories house approximately 150 students and are designated for engineering students only.
  • With more than 250 recognized students organizations, UW offers a wide range of opportunities to fit your interests and needs.

Where some of our graduates are employed:

  • Halliburton
  • The Alliance for Green Heat
  • Sustainability Built
  • Kinder Morgan
  • State of Alaska
  • TREC Inc.

  • KB Energy
  • Stanley Consultants
  • Baker Hughes
  • Novi Energy
  • Cheyenne Power & Light
  •  

  • Kiewit Mining
  • Schlumberger
  • Encana
  • Bright Agrotech
  • Biomass Thermal Energy Council

 

Energy Systems Program Educational Objectives 

  • Successfully practice the profession of engineering

  • Demonstrate career growth (e.g., increasing complexity of job assignment, career promotions, professional registration, patents, publications, and completion of advanced degrees)

  • Apply energy systems engineering knowledge to find creative solutions to evolving challenges with global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts

  • Successfully serve in a range of leadership and collaborative roles in the profession and in the community

  • Exhibit high professional standards and commitment to ethical action


 

ESE student John Tharp conducts research on Lithium Ion BatteriesDr. Belmont and ESE student Emily Beagle compare samples in laboratoryese student Virginia rivas-zambrano conducts research on clean coalese student conducts research in the combustion lab

Energy Systems Student Outcomes

The Department’s Student Outcomes are:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts

  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions

  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


 

Enrollment and Degrees by Academic Year 

The number of ESE students enrolled by academic year
Academic Year ESE Enrollment
Current AY 26
AY 20-21 23
AY 19-20 26
AY 18-19 28
AY 17-18 26
The number of ESE graduates by academic year
Academic Year ESE Degrees Awarded
Current AY Data Awaited
AY 20-21 6
AY 19-20 4
AY 18-19 3
AY 17-18 2
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Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Building Room 2052

Postal: Dept. 3295 1000 E. University

Courier (FEDEX, UPS, etc); 16th & Gibbon

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307.766.2122

Email: me.Info@uwyo.edu

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