Student Opportunities

 

New Course Listing

Energy and Policy Course Fall 2017

Real changes in how we (the world’s population) get and use Energy are essential to the future of the earth’s atmosphere, weather and environment. Getting to a better place will not be easy, but the combination of technical and policy innovation can open the pathways we need. This fall the University is offering a new course designed to bring together students from the technical and social disciplines to learn the language and tools of Energy innovation and policy. Students will be asked to combine their respective disciplinary skills collaboratively in evaluating innovative approaches in the face of technical risk and social constraints. The goal of the course is to prepare students with the knowledge and leadership skills needed for decision making on energy issues. The course will meet Tu/Th from 9:30 to 11:00 AM, with a maximum enrollment of 24.

Course Title: Intersections of Technology and Policy in Modernizing the Energy System

Cross listed as Physics 662 and Public Policy XXX

Semester: Fall 2017

Instructor: Ellen D. Williams, Distinguished University Professor

Prerequisites: Graduate Status in one of the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Public Policy, Economics OR senior-level standing in one of the disciplines above with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Course description: This course will provide a broad, practical introduction to the complex issues and assessment approaches used to evaluate technical innovation in the Energy System. Students will be introduced to the use of Sankey Diagrams, Life Cycle Analysis, Techno-economic analysis, and Equilibrium Economic Analysis, as well as policy factors such as Energy Efficiency Standards, Vehicle Fuel Economy, Feed-in- tariffs and environmental regulations. Student teams will rigorously review case studies of potential changes in different parts of the Energy System, and will carry out a term project to propose and assess a proposed change of their choice.

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