Classes

The following energy-related classes are currently being offered in the Fall 2013 semester. For questions about the classes, or for more information about other University of Maryland courses, please visit www.umd.edu.

AGNR301 - Sustainability 
Credits: 3
 
Designed for students whose academic majors would be enhanced by the complementary study of a widely shared but hard-to-operationalize aspiration: that present choices should preserve or improve future options rather than foreclose or degrade them. How should we understand sustainability? How might we achieve it? How would we know if we had achieved it? And how could sustainability activists of a rising generation lead by example?
 
Also offered as: PUAF301. Credit only granted for: AGNR301 or PUAF301.
 
 
ARCH418M - Selected Topics in Architectural Technology; Measuring Sustainability 
Credits: 3
 
Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test.
 
 
CHBE451 - Photovoltaics: Solar Energy 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
The emphasis of the class is on developing a conceptual understanding of the device physics and manufacturing processes of crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic cells, and to develop elementary computational skills necessary to quantify solar cell efficiency. The class material includes detailed, system-level energy balances necessary to understand how solar energy fits into the complete energy generation, conversion, and storage picture. Quantitative comparisons of PV technology to solar chemical conversion processes and biofuels are made.
 
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENCH468L or CHBE451. Formerly: ENCH468L.
 
 
CHBE484 - Metabolic Pathway Engineering
(Perm Req) 
Credits: 3
 
The state-of-the-art in metabolic engineering, with a focus on the analysis and engineering of metabolic pathways through (chemical) engineering principles, will be covered. Topics covered include: (1) overview of biochemistry and metabolism; (2) metabolic flux analysis and isotope labeling illustrated with examples from the recent scientific literature; (3) technologies for engineering metabolic pathways; (4) metabolic control analysis and pathway regulation; (5) applications of metabolic engineering to synthesis of biofuels and therapeutics; (6) specialized and related subjects such as protein engineering and synthetic biology.
 
Prerequisite: CHBE101 and CHBE440. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENCH468M or CHBE484. Formerly: ENCH468M.
 
 
CHBE486 - Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Applications 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Introduction to heterogeneous catalytic science and technology for energy conversion and hydocarbon processing. Preparation and mechanistic characterization of catalyst systems, kinetics of catalyzed reactions, adsorption and diffusion influences in heterogenious reactions. An overview of heterogeneous catalysis in various energy-related applications, including petroleum refining, chemicals from biomass, valorization of shale gas, and CO2 utilization will be introduced.
 
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHBE302, CHBE424, and CHBE440; and permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: CHBE486 or ENCH686. Additional information: This is a pilot course.
 
 
ECON675 - Environmental Economics 
Credits: 3
 
A study of the nature of environmental regulation focusing on U.S. environmental policies and policy debates.
 
Prerequisite: Must have completed ECON 641; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ECON 645.
 
 
ECON785 - Advanced Economics of Natural Resources 
Credits: 3
 
The use of exhaustible and renewable natural resources from normative and positive points of view. Analysis of dynamic resource problems emphasizing energy, mineral, groundwater, forestry, and fishery resources; optimal, equilibrium, and intergenerational models of resource allocation.
 
Prerequisite: ECON604 and ECON603; and (ECON624 or ECON621). Also offered as AREC785. Credit will be granted for one of the following: AREC785 or ECON785.
 
 
ENAE488I - Topics in Aerospace Engineering; Wind Energy Theory 
Credits: 3
 
An overview of wind energy including: history, wind characteristics, aerodynamics, dynamics, control, electrical aspects, materials and components, electrical aspects, design, testing, siting and applications.
 
Prerequisite: ENAE414 or permission of department. Also offered as ENAE788I. Credit granted for ENAE488I or ENAE788I.
 
 
ENCH648L - Special Problems in Chemical Engineering; Photovoltaics: Solar Energy 
Credits: 3
 
 
ENCH686 - Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Applications 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Introduction to heterogeneous catalytic science and technology for energy conversion and hydocarbon processing. Preparation and mechanistic characterization of catalyst systems, kinetics of catalyzed reactions, adsorption and diffusion influences in heterogenious reactions. An overview of heterogeneous catalysis in various energy-related applications, including petroleum refining, chemicals from biomass, valorization of shale gas, and CO2 utilization will be introduced.
 
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHBE302, CHBE424, and CHBE440; and permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: CHBE486 or ENCH686. Additional information: This is a pilot course.
 
 
ENEE419R - Topics in Microelectronics; Renewable Energy 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENEE419R or ENEE498R.
 
 
ENEE489I - Topics in Electrophysics; Solar Energy Conversion 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
 
ENME423 - Modern Climate Control and Building Energy Design/Analysis 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Fundamentals and design calculations of heat and moisture transfer in buildings; evaluation of cooling, heating and power requirements of buildings; building energy consumption simulations, use of alternative energy and energy conservation measures in buildings; fundamentals of fans/pumps and air/water distribution in buildings; introduction to refrigeration and energy systems for data centers and other mission-critical facilities.
 
Prerequisite: ENES232. Corequisite: ENME332. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department. Delivered via ITV.
 
 
ENME430 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Engineering 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Fundamental aspects of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, including nuclear interactions; various types of radiation and their effects on materials and humans; and basic reactor physics topics, including simplified theory of reactor critically.
 
Prerequisite: MATH246. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENME430 or ENME489N. Formerly: ENME489N.
 
 
ENME489M - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering; Ultra-low Energy Use Appliance Design I 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 
 
Prerequisite: ENES232 and ENME332; and permission of department.
 
 
ENME489N - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering; Residential and Industrial Energy Audit 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
ENME701 - Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment 
Credits: 3
 
Discussion of the major sources and end-uses of energy in our society with particular emphasis on renewable energy production and utilization. Introduces a range innovative technologies and discusses them in the context of the current energy infrastructure. Renewable sources such as wind and solar are discussed in detail. Particular attention is paid to the environmental impact of the various forms of energy.
 
Recommended: ENME633. Credit only granted for: ENME701, ENME706 or ENME808D. Formerly: ENME706 and ENME808D.
 
 
ENME808P - Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering; Ultra-low Energy Use Appliance Design I 
Credits: 3
 
 
ENPM622 - Energy Conversion I - Stationary Power 
Credits: 3
 
Thermal engineering of modern power generation systems. Cycle analysis of various modern power generation technologies including gas turbine, combined cycle, waste burning and cogeneration. Energy storage and energy transport.
 
 
ENPM624 - Renewable Energy Applications 
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
 
Thermodynamics and heat transfer of renewable energy sources for heating, power generation and transportation. Wind energy, solar thermal, photovoltaic, biomass, waste burning, and hydropower. Broad overview of the growing use of renewable energy sources in the world economy with detailed analysis of specific applications.
 
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-CDL-Office of Advanced Engineering Education.
 
 
ENST415 - Renewable Energy 
Credits: 3
 
An overview of renewable energy technologies and their current applications. Emphasis will be placed on technological readiness, efficiency and sustainability of renewable energy alternatives. Technologies include solar thermal, photovoltaics, biodiesel, ethanol, anaerobic digestion, wind, hydroelectric, and microbial fuel cells.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM131, PHYS121, and MATH113; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department. Restriction: Must be in a major within AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
 
 
ENST477 - Design for Urban Water and Energy 
Credits: 3
 
Sustainability of energy and water in urban watersheds. Principles of energy and water dynamics in the urban environment. Role of natural and artificial ecosystems in improving water quality, naturalizing hydrology, supporting ecological habitat and mitigating urban heat island. Ecological designs for minimizing use of energy and water in urban environments and sustainability evaluation techniques are discussed.
 
Prerequisite: BSCI361 or ENST373. And MATH221; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And PHYS121. Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in a major within AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department. Credit only granted for: ENST489W or ENST477. Formerly: ENST4898W.
 
 
HONR238C - The Future of Energy and Climate Policy 
Credits: 3
 
 
HONR238G - Honors Seminar; The Manhattan Project: A Century of Radioactivity, Nuclear Weapons, and Nuclear Power 
Credits: 3