About the Energy Science and Policy Minor

Are our energy systems sustainable? If not, what could the world do differently? Energy underlies all of our modern technological, social, political, economic, and ecological systems. This minor, hosted at U-M’s Program in the Environment, is designed to provide the information and analytic skills necessary to understanding the sustainable production and consumption of energy across a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Master of Engineering in Energy Systems

U-M’s Master of Engineering Program in Energy Systems Engineering is the first in the nation established specifically to develop leaders who can design and implement energy systems to respond to expanding global environmental and energy needs. Engineers with broad and deep knowledge of energy systems engineering are critically needed, as our opportunities to develop, select, and implement new technologies expand exponentially.

Energy system design is a multidisciplinary specialization that includes science, engineering, and the development of policies that promote sustainable systems. All engineering disciplines will be increasingly engaged in finding power sources of the future. This new generation of energy technologists will also need the skills to communicate and collaborate effectively with policy-makers.

Building on U-M’s leadership role in energy issues and innovative environmental applications, this new program will prepare engineers to creatively meet the needs of developed and developing economies by adapting the fundamentals of civil power supplies, transportation power and microelectric and portable power.

For a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems course listing and sample plan of study download this pdf.

For more information, including admission requirements and deadlines, visit the Michigan Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Web site or the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering webpage.

Electrical and Computer Engineering – Power and Energy Focus

New opportunities in electrical energy and power systems are arising with advances in materials, communications, computation, and control. Students and faculty are investigating energy conversion systems where enhanced performance of electrical machines and power electronics is being exploited to develop a variety of novel applications, from automotive propulsion systems to wind generators. Power systems research is seeking new tools and techniques for improving grid efficiency and robustness. An important aspect of this work is the development of network control strategies for enhancing grid responsiveness, and enabling greater levels of renewable generation.

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School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) Dual-degree Master’s – Energy Focus

The hallmark of the SEAS (formerly SNRE) master’s program is its interdisciplinary focus. This focus can be extended even further through the pursuit of a dual degree. Because the school is part of one of the greatest research universities in the world, there are many options. Each natural resources and environment field of study provides an excellent foundation for earning a dual degree. Formal dual-degree programs have been approved for Engineering, Business, Urban and Regional Planning, and Law, but students are able to combine SEAS fields of study with any appropriate unit within the university’s 18 other schools and colleges in pursuit of a master’s degree. Close to one-third of master’s students elect to pursue a formal or self-initiated dual degree.

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Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) graduate certificate program

The STPP graduate certificate program is designed for students already enrolled in a degree program at the University of Michigan. Master’s or doctoral students from any field are welcome to apply. No background in science or in policy is required.

In 15 credit hours of course work (three core courses and two electives), students learn how science and technology are influenced by politics and policy, analyze the role of science and technology in the policymaking process, develop policy writing skills, gain methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis, and explore the political and policy landscape of specific science and technology areas, including biotechnology, information and communication technology, energy policy, and more.

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