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Energy (SDC-E)

The SDC-Energy (SDC-E) track includes courses on design and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems to produce, distribute and consume energy sustainably.

SDC-E prepares students for careers in design and construction of building energy systems, renewable power generating systems and smart power grids connected to smart buildings and infrastructure. Other topics available to explore include cleantech entrepreneurship, sustainability-focused public policy, green real estate development, and sustainability management positions within organizations.

SDC-E offers courses across multiple programs within and outside of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, covering topics such as:

  • Building information modeling
  • Energy efficient building design and technology, including Zero Net Energy structures
  • Small- and large-scale HVAC design and construction
  • Energy modeling of building performance (theoretical and actual)
  • Sustainable facilities management
  • Project finance
  • Sensing and control technologies to link integrated smart grids with intelligent buildings, data centers and infrastructure systems
  • Public policy incentives for green buildings
  • Environmentally-friendly material resourcing
  • Planning, design and construction of renewable power systems

SDC-E class requirements are:

Additional related course work is available from other schools in the university such as Earth Sciences, the Graduate School of Business, and the Public Policy School. The Energy track allows students substantial flexibility to tailor their program of study for careers with energy consultants, general contractors, specialty contractors, real estate or infrastructure developers, or facility owners and operators. It also prepares them for serve as technically-inclined workers in the fields of policy and advocacy, or as internal consultants for businesses looking to improve their environmental profile.

Related Faculty & Staff

Howard Ashcraft

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Deborah Ballati

Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Martin Fischer

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Robert Groves

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rishee Jain

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Erik Kolderup

Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michael Lepech

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Raymond Levitt

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus

Paul Meyer

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Eduardo Miranda

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jose Luis Moscovich

Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ram Rajagopal

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

Brian Sedar

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Avram Tucker

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Antonio Vives

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering