Engineering Science MS: Focus on Engineering Sustainability

Students in Costa Rica looking at wind mills.

Sustainable engineering is the process of designing or operating systems to use energy and natural resources in a cost-effective manner that does not compromise the natural environment, social equityor the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Engineering Science: Engineering Sustainability

Director of Graduate Studies
John D. Atkinson

233 Jarvis Hall
atkjdw@buffalo.edu

About Engineering Sustainability

Engineering Sciences MS with a course focus in Engineering Sustainability is a 1 or 1 and 1/2 year (30 credit hour) multidisciplinary program training students in the core areas of Sustainability Fundamentals, Renewable Energy, Economics, Environmental Quality and Engineering Practice, Ethics and Manufacturing.

Students choose elective courses in topics providing depth in energy systems, environmental quality and engineering management.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong job growth rate in many sustainability careers, both within the context of traditional engineering disciplines, and specialized areas such as sustainability planning and design, operations management, life cycle/footprint analysis and campus sustainability coordination.  Renewable energy represents another prosperous field, especially wind power, where specialists can expect a staggering 96% growth in jobs through 2026.  A master’s degree in this growing field provides students with advanced coursework, research opportunities, and management training to succeed in a variety of career opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences are invited to apply. The GRE is required for all applicants; waivers for domestic students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The default 30-credit program is course-based (typically 10 classes) plus a required final culminating experience such as a short research paper. Thesis and project options are also available based on prior arrangement with a faculty member.

All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency by taking an English language proficiency exam. For more information about these exams please see: http://grad.buffalo.edu/explore/admissions/requirements.html#english-requirements

Courses

Fall Semester

  • SSN 501 Fundamentals of Sustainability*
  • MAE 500 Renewable Energy*
  • CIE 500 Ethics of Natural Resource Management*
  • Engineering Elective
 
* - denotes required course

Spring Semester

  • CIE 5xx Engineering for Sustainability*
  • EAS 500 Economic Perspectives on Sustainability*
  • MAE/ISE 521 Sustainable Manufacturing*
  • Engineering Elective

Up to 6 additional credits of Engineering Electives can be distributed in either semester (including as 5th class) and/or winter or summer to support a one-year pathway. If a project or thesis option is followed, then 3 project credits or 6 thesis credits can be subsituted for course credits.

* - denotes required course

Engineering Electives (preliminary list, subject to approval)

CE 500 Energy and Environment

CE 514 Petroleum Engineering

CE 522 Electrochemical Energy and the Environment

CIE 556 Physical and chemical processes for water reuse

CIE 563 Air pollution

CIE 568 Biological treatment processes

CIE 569 Brownfield restoration

CIE 561 Wind engineering & turbulent flow

EE 570 Renewable Distributed Generation and Storage

EE 571 Sustainable Energy

EE 582 Power Systems Engineering

EE 611 Smart Grid: Economics, Policy and Engineering Aspects

EAS 521 Engineering Management 1 and/or EAS 522 Engineering Management 2

MAE 510 Wind Energy Conversion

STL 520 Emerging Practices in Transportation, Planning, Technology and Policy

For further information

Please contact gradeng@buffalo.edu

Or

Director of Graduate Studies John D. Atkinson atkjdw@buffalo.edu