The University of Texas at Arlington is adding a first-of-its-kind undergraduate program in materials engineering and energy engineering to train students to apply engineering principles to the design, development, operation and testing of energy generation, maintenance, conversion and transmission systems. .
Designed to be truly interdisciplinary, the resource and energy engineering degree program will include courses in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering, as well as technical electives in the engineering and science disciplines.
“We are excited to offer a bachelor’s degree program in electrical engineering and energy beginning next fall,” said Diana Huffaker, chair of UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, which oversees the program. “Energy and resources are critical to all aspects of our society, and our ability to provide future graduates who understand all aspects of energy resource management will fill a need in business in Texas and beyond.”
The curriculum includes instruction in renewable and conventional energy, power systems, coordination and energy management. It is designed to ensure that graduating students will understand engineering and business factors to make decisions that allow companies to choose the best ways to generate energy while maintaining social responsibility and a healthy bottom line.
The resource and energy engineering degree program will prepare students for careers in the energy sector, working with renewable and conventional resources. Graduates of this program will be ready for immediate employment as energy engineers, design engineers, field engineers, plant engineers, utility engineers, energy auditors, home and business renewable energy system integrators, local government renewable energy planners and other positions in the energy field, and graduate studies in engineering or business.
“We are really excited to offer this new program,” said Paul Componetion, interim dean of graduate student and academic affairs. “Our graduates will be well-positioned to join a wide range of companies, and work in government and non-government positions that support our energy infrastructure. They will have a strong background in basic engineering principles to look forward to good long-term prospects. “
– Posted by Jeremy Agor at College of Engineering