Energy Systems


Gregory J. Kowalski, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Director

205 Snell Engineering
617.373.2921 (fax)

Gregory J. Kowalski, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Energy Systems,

The Master of Science degree program in energy systems (MSENES) integrates the technology side of energy systems development with the financial planning needed to effectively implement them. The goal of the MSENES is to create a high-level signature, interdisciplinary graduate program for the engineer or technical business major who is pursuing an industrial or public-planning-based career.

The program curriculum is firmly rooted in energy technology and includes exposure to the interface with business and financial decision processes. Students are exposed to business educators and practicing professionals and have the opportunity to participate in a six-month co-op experience. Practicing professionals with experience at this interface who have successfully implemented energy systems or devices and policies are actively involved in the program as adjunct professors and invited speakers. The curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of six core courses in engineering knowledge and finance and four electives that can be taken from any department within the College of Engineering.

Through this curriculum and interaction with practitioners, the students should be prepared to effectively integrate energy system development over a broad spectrum of technologies with the financial requirements to successfully implement them and to compete in the global energy market.

Successful graduates of the program will be involved in the decision making or policy planning that will deliver minimally polluting, energy-efficient systems to the global market. They will have the base training necessary to lead efforts within companies to plan and implement new energy-generation investments, realize energy-efficiency improvements specifically at the system level, and participate in energy and environmental markets such as cap-and-trade systems.

The degree requirements are successful completion of a minimum 35.5 semester hours of course work. The curriculum can be completed through either a cooperative education (co-op) or non–co-op track. The total semester hours required for the co-op track will be 36.5. The six-month co-op rotation in companies or the public sector involved in energy activities is a recommended component of the program. To provide flexibility to satisfy the mission of the program, a program of study will be prepared by the student and program director during the first term of study. This program of study will reflect the student’s career goals and will insure that all technical and financial educational competencies are satisfied. All successful degree candidates will have demonstrated sufficient engineering competency as measured by the successful completion of the courses. The required course distribution is shown in the table below.

Mission Statement

The program’s mission is to educate students in current and future energy systems technologies, to integrate energy-related technologies with the economics and financial considerations required to implement them, and to develop leadership and decision-making skills to implement energy systems in either the private or public sectors of the global market. The program will expose students to a combination of academic and corporate experience in energy systems.

Admission Criteria

Applicants to the program are expected to have either an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering school or have a quantitative business or finance degree. Applicants are expected to have adequate computer skills and college-level calculus. Foundational course work in these fields is available to students to bridge any gap in their technical backgrounds. However, credit for such courses will not count toward the degree. The successful applicant should have an undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000/4.000 or higher from an accredited U.S. school. International applicants, in addition to the minimum 3.000/4.000 GPA requirement, should submit GRE and TOEFL scores with a minimum 151 (650) (Quantitative) and 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based), respectively. The applicant will also submit:

  • An application to the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • A one-page description of their interest and expectations of the program, focusing on their career path. This essay should be placed in the application under the heading “PhD Applicants, Area of Interest.”

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree in Energy Systems have the opportunity to also pursue one of 14 engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership Option

Students have the opportunity to pursue the Gordon Engineering leadership program in combination with the MS degree.

Master of Science in Energy Systems (MSENES)

Graduate Certificates 

Energy Systems Courses

ENSY 5000. Fundamentals of Energy System Integration. 4 Hours.

Presents fundamental issues of successfully integrating and implementing energy systems. Exposes students to combined heat and power strategies (cogeneration system), strategies of incorporating renewable with nonrenewable energy sources, thermoeconomics, and carbon sequesteration techniques. Includes energy, exergy, and thermoeconomic cost factors in the presented case studies. Explores the effects of public policy, regulations, and financial operations on selecting energy technology. Students are given case studies to illustrate the complexity of implementing energy systems and are expected to complete a major project involving proposing an energy system. Emphasizes that successful implementation of energy systems requires both a technical and an economic solution. Prereq. Calculus-based physics and chemistry and senior or graduate standing; engineering and technological entrepreneurship students only.

ENSY 5585. Wind Energy Systems. 4 Hours.

Introduces wind energy and its applications. Integrates aerodynamics of wind turbine design with the structures needed to support them. Covers types of wind turbines, their components, and related analyses; airfoil aerodynamics; concepts of lift, drag, pitching moment, circulation, angle of attack, and stall; laminar and turbulent boundary layers and separation concepts; fundamental conservation equations; Bernoulli’s, Euler’s, and Navier-Stokes equations and their applications; Betz limit; computational fluid dynamics and its application for flow over typical airfoils; compressibility and elements of one-dimensional gas dynamics; wind resource; wind climatology and meteorological data; turbine tower and structural engineering aspects of turbines; vibration problems; aeroelastic phenomena in turbines; small wind turbines and vertical axis wind turbines; and introduces environmental and societal impacts and economic aspects. Prereq. Engineering students only.

ENSY 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ENSY 6964. Co-op Work Experience. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience. Prereq. ENCP 6000.

ENSY 6965. Co-op Work Experience Abroad. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience abroad. Prereq. Engineering students only.

ENSY 7374. Special Topics in Energy Systems. 4 Hours.

Offers topics of interest to the staff member conducting the course for advanced study. Prereq. Engineering students only.

ENSY 7978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an individual effort in an area selected by student and advisor and approved by the Department Discipline Committee, resulting in a definitive report. Prereq. Engineering students only.