Education and Outreach

The Delaware Energy Institute strives to engage and inspire future generations on the essential topics of energy use and conservation. Our education and workforce development activities focus on teaching and enhancing critical workforce skills, arming individuals with the knowledge and know-how needed to succeed in an energy-dependent world.

Listed below are the numerous energy-related offerings and resources available at the University of Delaware.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

ECON 320 – Energy Economics

Uses economic theory to examine the operation and efficiency of energy markets. Topics include regulation, energy efficiency and emission control, and public policies affecting energy markets.

ELEG 303 – Electricity from Sunlight

Introduction to generating electricity with solar energy, such as the photovoltaic system on the University Field House. Course content is directed to non-electrical engineering undergraduate students. Students pursuing degrees in the basic sciences, business, accounting, education and other engineering fields would all benefit.

ELEG 415 – Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems

Introduction to electric power systems and interfaces with renewable energy sources. Covers electric power generation, transmission, distribution; residential, commercial, and industrial systems; components, operation, losses, metering and load management.

ELEG 437 – Energy Systems

Energy flows are examined in our society including all sources, conversions and conversion efficiencies, and end uses. Both existing and alternative energy sources are presented, especially with regard to total resource availability. Thermodynamics of conversion efficiency is covered, as well as efficiency measures available in end use.

ELEG 628 – Solar Energy Technology and Application

This course will take the student from understanding the photovoltaic (PV) effect in a p-n junction solar cell all the way to the impact of gigawatts of power on our grid. Students will understand the critical issues in photovoltaic (PV) research, manufacturing, cost, performance and deployment. We learn how to calculate how much energy is harvested at a given location for different module configurations and how light leads to the generation of current and voltage in a solar cell.  The design, processing and manufacturing of various PV cell and module technologies is covered in detail. Students will learn to design and analyze off-grid and grid-connected systems. The economics and integration challenges residential, commercial and centralized PV power systems are discussed. The class has a lab where students apply the basic concepts of parallel and series circuits and solar modules, impact of module tilt and temperature, and battery charging. Class is open to Engineering seniors and graduate students.

ENEP 117 – Science, Society and Energy

Basic science and societal issues related to energy production process and effects of their uses. Topics include ethics of energy production and uses, scientific principals that govern production and use of energy, environmental issues related to the use of energy, e.g., global warming, acid rain.

ENEP 250 – Introduction to Energy Policy

Introduces field of energy policy and provides a review of the role of social, economic, political, and environmental factors in shaping the energy sector. Surveys policy, technical and economic assessments of key energy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world and the appropriate policy mechanisms to implement these options.

ENEP 425 – Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

ENEP 427 – Sustainable Energy: Economics and Policy Analysis

Examines existing policy responses to climate change, alongside opportunities for a redirected political economy to achieve energy and environmental conditions with meaningful CO2 reductions. Specific attention given to possibilities and limits of scientific knowledge and technology in galvanizing social change.

ENEP 460 – Financial Analysis for Sustainable Energy

Interest in sustainable energy options has grown with their wider adoption. For large-scale deployment, sustainable energy options should be financially attractive. Teach students how to conduct financial analysis for sustainable energy to quantify benefits and associated costs. Covers primary financial evaluation methods. Study time value of money, cash flow equivalence, cost-benefit analysis, before and after tax cash flow, rate of return analysis and Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). Learn how to use renewable energy performance and financial modeling tools and will be able to evaluate impact of policies on their financial performance.

ENEP 468 – Research in Energy and Environment

Examines advanced research concepts, methods and findings in the fields of energy and environment. Explores topics in support of student research with a focus on sustainability issues in Northern and Southern countries.

ENEP 470 – Readings in Energy and Environment

Explores a range of concepts, issues and phenomena associated with energy and environmental policy. Allows student and instructor to interact dynamically in crafting a readings list building upon the student’s interest in given topics. Successful completion of course should allow student to prepare a research paper summarizing key material and analyzing its substantive relevance to thematic concerns in the student’s plan of study.

ENEP 485 – Senior Seminar in Energy and Environmental Policy

Expose ENEP students to the wide range of work that is being done on local, national and global levels related to Energy and Environment as well as to make students aware of the work and events that are happening on the UD campus in this area. Invited speakers will cover a vast range of topics including presentations on soft energy pathways, the conscious and unconscious effects on the environment and their mitigation strategies, Anthropocene to anthropocentricity, Buddhist Physics and Buddhist Economics, etc.

ENSC 370 – Energy on Earth

Reviews all energy types available on Earth (including coal, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydro, wind, solar, wave, tidal, and biomass), energy sources and end uses, energy resource assessments, energy conversions, energy system impacts on the environment, and future energy scenarios.

GEOG 236 – Conservation: Global Issues

Introduces the global nature of resources management and discusses the relationships between population growth, the market economy, agricultural production and mineral and energy exploitation, worldwide.

GEOG 413 – Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 413 – Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 439 – Renewable Energy & Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MAST 480 – Renewable Energy and Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MSEG 470 – Solar Energy

Considers the basics of solar energy utilization. Emphasis on photovoltaic systems, including inorganic and organic based systems, as well as hybrid solar cells, followed by consideration of passive and active usage such as solar thermal power.

PHYS 143 – Energy Technology and Society

Basic principles of physics are applied to discuss forms of energy (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical and nuclear), and how energy is derived from sources such as coal, petroleum, solar, nuclear fission and fusion. Environmental consequences of energy use are treated.

SCEN 119 – Transforming Solar Energy

Lab- and project- focused exploration of solar energy and its uses. Biology, chemistry and physics concepts are introduced in context, leading to critical analysis of efficiency and economics of different technologies.

UAPP 425 – Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

Graduate Certificate in Composites Manufacturing & Engineering

Design rules for composite materials are fundamentally different than for traditional materials, with the engineer tailoring the material structure at the micro- and nano-scales to achieve the desired mechanical and physical properties. This program is intended to provide the practicing engineer a strong foundation in the processing-structure-property relations in advanced fiber composites. The University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and Department of Mechanical Engineering are internationally recognized as leaders in composites research and education.

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.

MEEG656 – Practical Composites Manufacturing (3 credits).  Couples lectures with hands-on exercises using CCM’s Composites Design Software (CDS).  Detailed videos and lecture materials showing all aspects of composite manufacturing, from performing to final manufacturing and finishing, connect theory to practice.

MEEG657 – Experimental Characterization of Composites for Manufacturing (3 credits).  Explains key concepts and elements of composites manufacturing processes, technologies and systems. An online-only course where lectures are coupled with detailed videos of manufacturing processes and exercises with simulation software to connect theory to practice.  Creation of a “virtual laboratory” for composites characterization where thermoplastic and thermoset composite systems are fully characterized using advanced thermal analysis and mechanical/physical characterization techniques emphasizing manufacturing influences on composite properties.

Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials

This online graduate certificate program is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials.

MEEG616—Composite Materials Structures, taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, provides an introduction to composite materials; anisotropic elasticity and laminate theory; plates and panels of composite materials; beams, columns and rods; composite material shell structures; energy methods; strength and failure theories; adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening; hygrothermal effects; stress analysis, buckling, vibrations and impact.

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites. ONLINE.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.  ONLINE.

MEEG811–Sandwich Structures (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, studies composite and isotropic sandwich structures for stresses, deformations, buckling loads, natural frequencies and dynamic response under mechanical and environmental loads, involving honeycomb, solid, foam, web and truss core sandwich comprising beam, plate, ring and shell structures. Design and minimum weight optimization are treated.

MEEG818–Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures I (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, examines the theory of plates from three-dimensional equations of elasticity. Small deflection analysis of rectangular and circular plates; thermoelastic effects; analysis of orthotropic plates, multilayered plates and sandwich panels; Green’s functions; energy methods; Reissner variational theorem for plates of moderate thickness; and large deflections of plates are other topics discussed. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.

MEEG819–Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures II (3 credits)* Dr. Jack R. Vinson covers the general theory of thin shells from three-dimensional equations of elasticity; shells of revolution under axially symmetric loads; asymmetric loads; thermoelastic effects; general bending theory, membrane theory, inextensional theory; Donnell equations; edge load solutions; orthotropic shells; laminated shells. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.

*MEEG818 is not a prerequisite to this course.

Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy is an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Courses are taught by faculty from Marine Policy, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Geography. The program is designed to give a broad understanding of the wind energy industry from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The emphasis is on offshore wind power, however, most courses apply equally to wind power either on land, in the ocean, or airborne. The certificate may be taken in conjunction with a graduate degree in a traditional discipline or as a stand-alone program. More information on the graduate certificate program can be found below and in the program brochure.

The Graduate Certificate is designed for three types of students:

  • Students considering or already accepted in a graduate UD program looking for formal recognition of their wind power expertise
  • For students focused on one specific area of wind power research it provides coverage of related areas allowing for improved understanding of interacting systems
  • Working professionals, who need to understand more about the wind industry, to more effectively do their jobs or seek advancement.

Renewable Energy Engineering and Policy Certificate

The REEP-CERT requires satisfactory completion of three (3) graduate level courses (9 credits) as detailed below. No REEP-CERT courses can be counted toward both this certificate and any other graduate certificate program. Each certificate program course must be completed with a grade no lower than B-; the overall GPA of the REEP-CERT courses must be no lower than 3.0.

Minors:

Sustainable Energy Technology Minor

Energy and Environmental Policy Minor

Undergraduate degree programs:

Environmental Science – Energy and Environment Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Science and Technology Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy 4+1 (BS/MS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Environment and Society Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Economics and Public Policy Concentration (BS)

Graduate degree programs:

Center for Composite Materials

CCM educates engineers, conducts basic research, and provides prompt technology transfer for the composites community. Dedicated to advancing composites science and technology, the Center seeks to attract the best and brightest students and researchers in the field. Affiliated students earn degrees from all of the departments in the College of Engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical and materials science) as well as other university departments such as physics, business, and chemistry. More than 100 students are currently affiliated with CCM, and 2,000+ alumni are working in the various sectors of the composites industry, conducting research in government labs, or teaching at academic institutions throughout the world.

For over 40 years, CCM has collaborated with well over 250 international companies through consortium membership or contracts and grants. Collaborating companies include materials suppliers and end users in the aerospace, automotive, civil infrastructure, marine, and durable goods industries. In addition, during the past three decades, CCM has been home to six NSF/DoD Centers of Excellence.

Institute for Energy Conversion

The Institute of Energy Conversion is a research facility with a strong emphasis on graduate student training and education. Since 2010 we have provided training to over 40 PhD and Master level students. Students can conduct their research at IEC under the guidance of one or more Professional Staff members using unique equipment and facilities available at IEC supplemented by other facilities on campus. The IEC does not directly accept graduate students nor award degrees.

Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy

Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy

Other Environmental Degree programs

The University of Delaware offers environmentally related degree programs at all levels from baccalaureate through doctorate, with many options for majors, minors, concentrations and programs. Use the links below to explore specific degree programs and academic departments. Some of these programs might not sound like a natural fit with the environment at first, but the departments offering them may have an emphasis on sustainability or environmental themes.

K-12 OPPORTUNITIES

Getting K-12 students excited about energy can be done by scheduling a tour of our facilities, including hands-on learning in a variety of energy related fields.

Contact us for more information on K-12 opportunities for students.