Is Energy Engineering Right for Me?
You need to ask yourself if you want to influence lives of the current and future generations. If your answer is yes, consider the Energy Engineering Program at IUPUI. In 2004, Nobel Laureate Professor Smalley developed a list of humanity’s top ten problems for next 50 years and energy was at the top of his list. As energy engineering program expand beyond fossil fuels, the Energy Engineering Program at IUPUI train the students to manage the current energy challenges and position our graduates to transform the future of energy.
The Energy Engineering Program at IUPUI is one of the handful ABET accredited undergraduate programs in the nation. The program is comprehensive and covers the knowledge in various disciplines, including thermal science, solid mechanics, circuit theory, measurement theory and electromechanical energy conversion system, renewable energy principle (solar & wind) and design and sustainable energy. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a range of elective technical courses in energy management, energy efficiency, hybrid vehicles, fuel cells, batteries, smart grid and storage systems.
There are various opportunities for you to be exposed on various state-of-the-art technologies in various research labs (a link for our research labs) through several undergraduate research programs. You may also involve in activities associated with the three energy related centers, Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (https://indi.iupui.edu/index.php), the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy (http://www.lugarenergycenter.org/) and the site of the Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center (https://iac.iupui.edu ). We train students to meet the perspective high demands in key areas such as Electrical and Hybrid Electrical Vehicle, Energy Source and Storage, and Energy Efficiency. Students have the opportunity to have quality training and receive hands-on experience. For example, the students in IAC have chances to audit companies, identify opportunities to improve efficiency through energy assessment, analyze the energy savings, and provide reports with energy efficiency recommendations.
You will enjoy small class size for most of energy engineering courses and receive direct mentoring by the professors.
As the demand of workforce in energy is increasing so does the job opportunities. With the Purdue University Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Engineering, you can advance your career in a wide range of energy industries and professions. Our engineering graduates currently work in the utility, aerospace, energy, automotive and manufacturing industries. Our graduates from the in EEN program were hired by major companies (link) with starting salaries ranging from $58 – 73K based on the survey conducted recently.
If you are creative and competitive, you are welcome to join our student clubs, which design electric/hybrid electric vehicles, Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and solar systems. These teams have been involved in various national level competitions, including the Department of Energy sponsored Solar Decathlon competition, Solar District Cup, ASHARE Regional Competition, and electric/hybrid electric vehicle racing. (a link to the page below)To see if EEN is right for you, please see what our graduates’ comments, https://et.iupui.edu/departments/mee/programs/een/.