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Ph.D. Energy Engineering
The Energy Engineering program gives students a high quality graduate education with a focus on energy engineering fundamentals, independent research, and career preparation, while also providing flexibility to customize the program to meet individual student needs. Our in-depth dedicated Ph.D. is designed so students are prepared to compete for top research careers in industry, government and academia.
- Graduates will have mastered fundamental topics in energy engineering and be able to apply them to research problems of practical significance.
- Graduates will be proficient researchers, having the skills required to formulate, assess, and document a hypothesis.
- Graduates will be proficient at designing, conducting, and managing an independent research project
- Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry, government, or academia in the field of energy engineering.
Research Interests: Research projects are available in areas that align with the mission of the Institute for Energy Studies and its affiliates. Research interest fall into the following broad categories:
- Stationary power generation including increasing energy efficiency from existing and new systems, renewable energy systems, clean coal technologies, carbon sequestration, and hydrogen production.
- Production of liquid and gaseous fuels (ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, methane for example) and specialty chemicals from biomass, fossil fuels and other resources, including infrastructure development.
- Transmission and distribution systems, including approaches to integrate distributed generation produced from renewable resources.
- Environmental cleanup and protection of air, water, and soil, focusing on energy and industrial generated sources.
- Integration of social, political, regulatory, and legal into the development and implementation of new technologies.
The research ranges from fundamental to applied and includes technology development, demonstration, and commercialization efforts.
Broad-based training: Students develop oral and written communication skills, proposal writing, preparing a budget for a project, and project management skills. A major part of graduate research in Energy Engineering is related to the state-of-the-art technology development which is directly related to types of jobs Ph.D. graduates will be doing in industry. The opportunity for Ph.D. students to work with full-time researchers from the Institute for Energy Studies and the Energy & Environmental Research Center enriches the student’s skills in performing research, managing projects and expanding their network of experts in the field.
On-campus and asynchronous delivery: The Ph.D. in Energy Engineering program will capitalize on the availability of the CEM asynchronous online delivery mode of graduate courses. While the Ph.D. program still requires research and publication efforts by the degree candidates, asynchronous online course delivery makes it possible for students to be part-time and off-campus for a portion of their program of study. Typically only on-campus students are eligible to receive financial aid.
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Additional requirements include:
- B.S. degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a M.S. degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering-related field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the Graduate School. The following requirements are in addition to the UND graduate school general requirements for the Ph.D.:
- A minimum of 90 semester credits, including acceptable master’s degree work and credits granted for the dissertation and the research leading to the dissertation. These 90 credits should include:
- 30 to 48 semester credits of coursework taken from the approved list published by the Energy Engineering program. Other courses may be accepted with approval of the student’s faculty advisor and the graduate director.
- 30 to 48 semester credits of research.
- 12 credits of dissertation.
- Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam when at least 45 post baccalaureate credits have been completed. This exam will be based on core courses taken for this degree and their application to the student’s research. The exam will be administered by at least three graduate faculty members from the Institute for Energy Studies and its Faculty Affiliates. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial exam attempt.
- Students must present to their advisory committee an annual oral progress report describing research progress.
- Preparation and defense of a dissertation documenting original and independent research on a topic related to energy engineering.
- Scholarly Tools: Engineering and mathematics courses required to fulfill the requirements for those students admitted under Qualified Status. Scholarly tools courses taken for graduate credit after a student has enrolled in a graduate program at UND may be counted to fulfill requirements listed in Item 1.
- There is no residency requirement for this program.
Dr. Michael Mann, Graduate Director
Apply ONLINE at http://graduateschool.und.edu
Courses are chosen in concert with the student’s research advisor to provide a program tailored to meet the special interests and career goals of the student. The courses listed below are available and applicable to this degree. Additional courses can be included based upon consensual agreement between the student and her/his advisor.
Energy Related Engineering Courses
ChE 503 Fuels Technology
ChE 504 Air Pollution Control
ChE 505 Biochemical Engineering
ChE 509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 520 Impurities in Combustion and Gasification
ChE 525 Polymer Reaction Engineering
ChE 530 Combustion Theory and Modeling
ChE 531 Rocket Propulsion
ChE 532 Explosives: Theory and Modeling
ChE 535 Metallic Corrosion and Polymeric Degradation
Chem 510 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 542 Electrochemical Methods
CIEN 531 Environmental Engineering III
CIEN 532 Environmental Engineering IV
CIEN 533 Industrial Wastes
CIEN 535 Hazardous Waste Management
Engr 501 Energy, Resources and Policy
Engr 502 Alternative Energy Systems
EE 423 Power Systems I
EE 523 Power Systems II
EE 590 Renewable Energy Systems
GeoE 417 Hydrogeology (3)
GeoE 419 Groundwater Monitoring (3)
GeoE 427 Groundwater Modeling (3)
Geol 509 Advanced Mineralogy
Geol 530 Advanced Physical Hydrogeology
Geol 531 Hydrogeochemistry
Geol 532 Contaminant Hydrogeology
ME 446 Gas Turbines
ME 449 Internal Combustion Engines
ME 451 Heating and Air Conditioning
ME 464 Computational Fluid Dynamics
ME 476 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
ME 477 Compressible Fluid Flow
ME 514 Processing of Advanced Materials
ME 545 Fluidized-Bed Combustion Engineering
ME 574 Advanced Heat Transfer
*All students must take Engr 501 and one of the above listed courses from each of the ChE, EE, and ME departments.
Other Acceptable Departmental Courses
All Other Chemical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Civil Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Electrical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Geology and Geological Engineering Graduate Courses
All Other Mechanical Engineering Graduate Courses
All Chemistry Graduate Courses
All Mathematics Graduate Courses
All Physics Graduate Courses
All Computer Science Graduate Courses
Environmental & Ecology Related Courses
AtSc505 Adv’d Atmospheric Dynamics (3)
AtSc510 General Circulation (3)
AtSc515 Adv’d Climatology (3)
AtSc520 Atmospheric Chemistry (3)
AtSc525 Atmospheric Radiation (3)
AtSc528 Atmospheric Data Analysis (3)
AtSc530 Numerical Weather Prediction (3)
AtSc535 Measurement Systems (3)
AtSc540 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sci (3)
AtSc545 Hydrometerology (3)
Avia512 Aviation Environmental Concerns (3)
Biol 533 Grassland Ecology (2)
Biol534 Quantitative Ecology (2)
Biol540 Waterfowl biology and management (2)
ESSP501 Earth System Science & Policy I (10)
ESSP502 Earth System Science & Policy II (10)
ESSP506 Ecosystems Services (3)
ESSP520 Earth Systems Modeling (3)
ESSP540 Adv’d Topics in Geospatial Technology (3)
ESSP562 Environmental Economics (3)
SpSt501 Survey of Space Studies (3)
SpSt520 Asteroids (3)
Business/Management/Economics Related Courses
Econ505 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (3)
Econ509 Macroeconomic Decision-Making (3)
Econ 511 Advanced Business and Economic Forecasting (3)
Econ516 Advanced Managerial Economics (3)
Econ 524 Applied Economic Analysis I (3)
Econ 530 Seminar in International Economics (3)
Econ 534 Applied Economic Analysis II (3)
Econ 550 Economics of Regulation (3)
Econ 580 Economic Development (3)
Fin 501 Managerial Finance (3)
Mktg 510 Strategic Market Planning
Pols 501 Political and Public Policy Analysis (3)
Pols 502 Seminar: Problems in State and Local Governments (3)
Pols 531 Seminar: Public Administration (3)
Pols 532 Public Policy (3)
Pols 533 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3)
Soc 407 Political Sociology (3)
Automation and Process Control Related Courses
Acct510 Industrial Quantitative Controls (3)
Mgmt501 Quantitative Analysis for Management Decisions (3)
Geog574 Adv’d Techniques in Geographical Information Systems (3)
Geog575 Seminar in Remote Sensing (3)
Comm 507 Communication, Technology, and Media (3)
Comm 509 Media and Mass Communication Theory (3)
Comm 512 Law and Ethics in Communications (3)
Comm 530 Gender, Culture, and Communications (3)
SpSt525 Technical Issues in Space (3)
IT560 Qualitative Planning and Analysis (3)
IT565 Product Safety and Liability (3)
Soc 435 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)