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Armour College of Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


The course will cover three topics related to renewable energy technologies. 1. Review of renewable energy sources; solar, wind, biomass, etc. 2. Energy storage and conversion with emphasis on batteries and fuel cells. 3. Hydrogen as an energy carrier and the hydrogen economy. (3-0-3)

CHE 543 - Energy, Environment, Economics - F

The linkage of energy, environmental, and economic issues. The impact of energy supply and end use on human well-being and the ecosystem. A comprehensive approach to the resolution of resource, technical, economic, strategic, environmental, socio- and geopolitical problems of the energy industries. Pathways to a sustainable global energy system. (3-0-3)

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

CAE 465 - Building Energy Conservation Technologies - R

Identification of the optimal energy performance achievable with various types of buildings and service systems.  Reduction of infiltration. Control systems and strategies to achieve optimal energy performance. Effective utilization of daylight, heat pumps, passive and active solar heaters, heat storage and heat pipes in new and old buildings.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 310 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering  - R

Principles and applications of engineering processes for air and water pollution control. Topics include environmental resource management and methods for environmental quality control including identification of pollution sources, effects, and controls.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 401 - Introduction to Water-Resources Engineering - R

Principles of hydraulics and water demand projections as used in the design of reservoirs, water distribution systems, and storm and sanitary sewers; aspects of water resource management and environmental engineering economics.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 404 - Water and Wastewater Engineering  - R

Principles and applications of physical, chemical, and biological processes for water and waste purification. Design of engineering treatment systems to meet water quality and effluent standards.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 463 - Introduction to Air Pollution Control - R

 Air pollution sources and characteristics of source emissions, atmospheric reactions, effects of pollutants, and techniques of emission control; legal and administrative aspects of air pollution control. (3-0-3)

ENVE 476 - Engineering Control of Industrial Hazards  - R

Design of control systems to enhance occupational safety and health; how to recognize and control existing or potential safety and health hazards.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 481 - Hazardous Waste Engineering - R

Engineering principles applied to the control of hazardous waste generation, handling, collection, transport, processing, recovery, and disposal. Treatability and design of hazardous waste treatment process.  (2-3-3)

ENVE 485 – Industrial Ecology  - F

Industrial Ecology is the study of how to manage human activity on a sustainable basis. It is an interdisciplinary field involving technology (sciences and engineering), public policy and regulatory issues, and business administration. The overall goal of this course is to promote creative and comprehensive problem solving through the application of Industrial Ecology tools such as Industrial Metabolism, Input-Output Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, Accounting, and Design for the Environment. Same as EM 507.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 545 - Environmental Regulations and Risk Assessment  - R

One third of the course is a review of current environmental regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, CERCLA and the Pollution Prevention Act. The rest of the course deals with the fundamentals of risk assessment, including hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization for public health and ecosystems. (3-0-3)

ENVE 570 - Air Pollution Meteorology  - R

Physical processes associated with the dispersion of windborne materials from industrial and other sources. Atmospheric motion, including turbulence and diffusion, mathematical models and environmental impact assessment. Core Course.  (3-0-3)

ENVE 576 - indoor Air PollutioN - R

ENVE 585 - Groundwater Contamination and Pollutant Transport - R

Applications of groundwater flow principles, transport phenomena, and chemical and biological processes to problems of groundwater contamination. Simulation model and case studies of current topics. (3-0-3)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 538 - Renewable Energies  - F

Various renewable energy sources such as solar systems, wind powered systems, ocean tides, ocean waves, and ocean thermal are presented. Their operational principles are addressed. Grid connected interfaces for such systems are explained. Research and Simulation mini-projects with emphasis on either machine design, or power electronic circuit analysis, design, and controls, or grid connected renewable systems are assigned to student groups.(3-0-3)

ECE 548 - Energy Harvesting - R

Various harvesting techniques such as solar, ocean ides, vibration, linear motion, radio frequency, passive and active human power generation are presented. Their operational principles are addressed. Research and simulations mini-projects with emphasis on power electronic circuit analysis, design, and controls are assigned to student groups. (3-0-3)

ECE 580 Elements of Sustainable Energy - F 

This course covers cross-disciplinary subjects on sustainable energy that relate to energy generation, transmission, distribution, and delivery as well as theories, technologies, design, policies, and integration of sustainable energy. Topics include wind energy, solar energy, biomass, hydro, nuclear energy, and ocean energy. Focus will be on the integration of sustainable energy into the electric power grid, the impact of sustainable energy on electricity market operation, and the environmental impact of sustainable energy. (3-0-3)

ECE 581 Elements of Smart Grid - R

This course covers cross-disciplinary subjects on smart grid that relate to energy generation, transmission, distribution, and delivery as well as theories, technologies, design, policies, and implementation of smart grid. Topics include: smart sensing, communication, and control in energy systems; advanced metering infrastructure; energy management in buildings and home automation; smart grid applications to plug-in vehicles and low-carbon transportation alternatives; cyber and physical security systems; microgrids and distributed energy resources; demand response and real-time pricing; and intelligent and outage management systems. 3-0-3

ECE 582 - Microgrid Design and Operation - R

Microgrids are the entities that are composed of at least one distributed energy resource and associated loads which not only operates safely and efficiently within the local power distribution network but also can form intentional islands in electrical distribution systems. This course covers the fundamentals of designing and operating microgrids including generation resources for microgrids, demand response for microgrids, protection of microgrids, reliability of microgrids, optimal operation and control of microgrids, regulation and policies pertaining to microgrids, interconnection for microgrids, power quality of microgrids, and microgrid test beds.(3-0-3)

ECE 764 - Vehicular Power Systems - R

Conventional electrical power systems of land, sea, air, and space vehicles are detailed along with the scope for improvement. New electrical loads and advanced distribution system architectures of electric and hybrid electric vehicles are presented. Current trends in the vehicular industry, such as 42V automotive systems and more electric aircraft, are explained. (2-0-2)

Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering

MMAE 426 - Nuclear, Fossil fuel, and sustainable energy systems - R

Principles, technology, and hardware used for conversion of nuclear, fossil-fuel, and sustainable energy into electric power will be discussed. Thermodynamic analysis - Rankine cycle. Design and key components of fossil fuel power plants. Nuclear fuel, reactions, materials. Pressurized water reactors (PWR). Boiling water reactors (BWR). Canadian heavy water (CANDU) power plants. Heat transfer from the nuclear fuel elements. Introduction to two phase flow; flow regimes, models. Critical heat flux. Environmental effects of coal and nuclear power. Design of solar collectors. Direct conversion of solar energy into electricity. Wind power. Geothermal energy. Energy conservation and sustainable buildings. Enrichment of nuclear fuel. Nuclear weapons and effects of the explosions. (3-0-3)