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 equity or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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.
Prospective students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences are invited to apply. The GRE is recommended, but not required.
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
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 substituted for course credits.
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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