Energy Systems, MSENES—ALIGN Program


Hameed Metghalchi, Sc.D.
Professor and Program Director
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Energy Resources Technology
334 Snell Engineering

Designing and implementing optimal methods to produce and utilize energy is one of the most pressing global issues today. Finding ways to implement these solutions that are sustainable and marketable is key. The energy systems ALIGN program is meant to provide students of all disciplines with the foundation skills necessary to gain the skills needed to create and implement energy solutions. Students will begin the program by taking two core courses that cover topics across thermosciences and math.

The ALIGN core courses will provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals that are necessary to be successful in the energy system program. Once students complete the ALIGN courses they will move through our multidisciplinary energy systems curriculum that integrates engineering, business, and policy. Our curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of core courses in engineering and finance complemented by a range of electives across five different academic colleges. Our core and elective courses will help to prepare students to lead the efforts to implement energy systems solutions that have a long-term positive effect on businesses and communities. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

ALIGN Course Work
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Special Topics in Energy Systems
EMGT 6225Economic Decision Making4
ENSY 5000Fundamentals of Energy System Integration4
ME 6200Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 14
FINA 6309Foundations of Accounting and Finance3,4


Complete one of the following options:

General Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the following:16
Materials Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Fundamental Science of Photovoltaics
Heterogeneous Catalysis
Biochemical Engineering
Environmental Protection and Management
Electric Drives
Power Systems Analysis 1
Power Electronics
Electrical Machines
Special Topics in Power Systems
Special Topics
Engineering Project Management
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Wind Energy Systems
Special Topics in Energy Systems
Independent Study
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Solar Thermal Engineering
Gas Turbine Combustion
General Thermodynamics
Combustion and Air Pollution
Fundamentals of Combustion
Deterministic Operations Research
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Non Technical Electives
A maximum of 5 semester hours may be taken from the following list toward the elective requirement:
Environmental Systems
and Recitation for ARCH 5210
Investment Analysis
Financial Strategy
Business Turnarounds
Climate Change and Urbanization in Developing Countries
Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change

Online/Hybrid Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the following. Electives outside this list may be chosen in consultation with faculty advisor.
Environmental Protection and Management
Power Systems Analysis 1
Special Topics
Engineering Project Management
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Deterministic Operations Research
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Solar Thermal Engineering
General Thermodynamics

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

40 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required