ISEN Courses - Graduate
ISEN has developed a series of graduate courses on the topics of sustainability and energy, with an expected audience spanning the whole university, from physical sciences and engineering to social science, business, communication, and law.
ISEN 410 Topics in Contemporary Energy and Climate Change
Course Overview: The increasing worldwide demand for energy presents a number of complex interdisciplinary challenges, from resource depletion to climate change. This class will challenge students to answer the question, How shall we power the world in the 21st century? We will examine the history and geography of energy use; links between energy and climate change; and technological, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of various energy sources. Cross-listed as EARTH 342. Open to graduate students from all disciplines, senior undergraduates majoring in natural sciences or engineering, and other interested undergraduates by instructor consent.
Instructor: Yarrow Axford
Offered: Fall 2016; TuTh 11:00am - 12:20pm, Tech F285
ISEN 430 NUvention: Energy
Course Overview: Over an intense quarter, graduate students from schools across campus come together in interdisciplinary teams to develop a product or service and a business in the burgeoning sustainable energy industry. By simulating the product/service and business development process, NUvention Energy helps students develop creative, interpersonal, business, and technical skills. Teams are mentored by an ISEN board of energy industry professionals and cleantech entrepreneurs. Course teams have been extremely competitive on the business plan competition circuit, and many have gone on to form successful companies, including SiNode, Metergenius, Ampy, INJoo, and Hazel Technologies. NUvention: Energy is collaboratively offered by ISEN and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Farley runs the NUvention program portfolio (which includes other offerings in medical, nano, web, social impact, etc). Cross-listed as ENTREP 430.
Instructor: Mark Werwath
Offered: Winter 2017, M 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Ford ITW
ISEN 495 Special Topics in Energy and Sustainability: Industrial Energy Utilization and Management
Course Overview: As time permits, in this course the students will learn about historical energy usage; energy conservation vs. energy management; elements of an energy audit; data normalization of energy consumption using product-mix data or degree days etc.; utility rate structures & deregulation; energy economics; energy conservation opportunities in thermal-fluid Systems; combustion systems; steam & condensate Systems; energy recovery systems; industrial insulation; and electrical energy conservation.
Instructor: Manohar Ramchandra Kulkarni
Offered: Winter 2017, MW 2:00pm - 3:20pm, Tech M345
ISEN 495 Special Topics in Energy and Sustainability: Communicating Science Beyond Academia
Course Overview: Through reading, discussion, writing and peer critique, this course will explore strategies for successful scientific communication beyond academia. How can scientists break through barriers to understanding and foster engagement with scientific information, while still conveying nuance and uncertainty? What happens when science becomes politicized and controversial? This seminar is open to graduate students in all STEM disciplines, with preference to students who have begun to conduct independent research.
Instructor: Yarrow Axford
Offered: Spring 2017; M 2pm - 4:50pm, Tech F391
Seminar: Powering the Future (not-for-credit)
Course Overview: "Powering the Future" is an exclusive, by-application weekly seminar in which senior-level cleantech and utility executives lead discussions on new technologies and novel financing structures that are presently disrupting U.S. power markets. Weekly guest speakers include regulators, executives, scientists, and entrepreneurs, among many others. Following each weekly lecture, students will have an opportunity to network with executives over dinner and explore employment opportunities.
Instructors: Bert Valdman (WCAS '84), Gary Kremen (MEAS '85), Nat Kreamer (SOC '99)
Offered: Spring 2017; T 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Tech J435