Environmental challenges such as air and water quality, energy, food, and sustainable infrastructure are inherently interdisciplinary and exemplify interconnected systems (the "water - food - energy nexus" of sustainability). The environment and energy focus area allows students to focus their systems thinking and problem-solving on these challenges at various scales.
Students in this focus area first complete the systems core, culminating in the junior systems course (ES 303) where students learn and apply principles of sustainability, learn to appreciate and understand the interconnected nature of environment and energy challenges, and apply sustainable approaches using green engineering principles and life cycle analysis. To complete the E & E curriculum, students are required to take two courses related to environmental engineering and two courses related to renewable energy. Two additional engineering courses and two technical electives are required from an approved list of electives, and two additional environmental-related elective courses from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to provide a broad perspective on environmental and energy issues.
Professor David Brandes, Program Chair (currently on sabbatical)