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Fall 2020 ENE Course Offerings


The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is pleased to announce
the following ENE courses for Fall 2020.

Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Darren Hammell

ENE 259/EGR 259

Students will learn how to identify and analyze technology and business innovations in energy, determine likelihood of success in the contemporary market, and design companies and careers to maximize their positive impact on global energy and environmental progress. Students will gain an understanding of unique aspects of energy technologies, markets, and businesses, including the underlying science, influence of government policies, and how innovations can proliferate through new companies and business models. Focus will be on hardware and software innovations for US and global markets, including distributed energy generation and use.

Materials for Energy Technologies and Efficiency

Claire White

ENE 259/EGR 259

An introductory course focused on the new and existing materials that are crucial for mitigating worldwide anthropogenic CO2 emissions and associated greenhouse gases. Emphasis will be placed on how materials science is used in energy technologies and energy efficiency; including solar power, cements and natural materials, sustainable buildings, batteries, water filtration, and wind and ocean energy. Topics include: atomic structure and bonding; semiconductors; inorganic oxides; nanomaterials; porous materials; conductive materials; membranes; composites; energy conversion processes; life-cycle analysis; material degradation.

ENE Cross-listed courses for Fall 2020

Global Environmental Issues

Denise L. Mauzerall

CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334/ENE 334

This course examines a set of global environmental issues including population growth, ozone layer depletion, climate change, air pollution, the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions and sustainable development. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines past, present and possible future policy responses. Individual projects, presentations, and problem sets are included.

Biology, Electrochemistry and Technology

Z. Jason Ren

CEE 564/ENE 564

Interconnections between biology and electrochemistry are widely observed in nature and can be harnessed for engineering applications. This course explores fundamental mechanisms and related analytical tools used in microbial electron transfer, redox reactions, microbial corrosion and other processes. It also discusses interdisciplinary microbial/electrochemical technologies used in remote sensing, remediation, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, artificial photosynthesis, carbon valorization, etc. It trains students on interdisciplinary thinking/problem-solving skills and how to connect graduate research with career development.

Solid-State Physics I

Mansour Shayegan

ELE 441/ENE 441

An introduction to the properties of solids. Theory of free electrons–classical and quantum. Crystal structure and methods of determination. Electron energy levels in a crystal: weak potential and tight-binding limits. Classification of solids–metals, semiconductors and insulators. Types of bonding and cohesion in crystals. Lattice dynamics, phonon spectra and thermal properties of harmonic crystals.

Principles of Power Electronics

Minjie Chen

ELE 481/ENE 481

Power electronics circuits are critical building blocks in a wide range of applications, ranging from mW-scale portable devices, W-scale telecom servers, kW-scale motor drives, to MW-scale solar farms. This course is a design-oriented course and will present fundamental principles of power electronics. Topics include: 1) circuit elements; 2) circuit topology; 3) system modeling and control; 4) design methods and practical techniques. Numerous design examples will be presented in the class, such as solar inverters, data center power supplies, radio-frequency power amplifiers, and wireless power transfer systems.

Principles of Power Electronics

Minjie Chen

ELE 581/ENE 581

This course presents fundamental principles and design techniques of power electronics. Topics include 1) circuit elements: semiconductor devices, magnetic components, and filters; 2) circuit topology: canonical switching cells of power converters, inverters, rectifiers, dc-dc converters and ac-dc converters; 3) system modeling and control: small signal modeling, feedback control and system stability analysis; 4) design methods: gate drive, magnetic optimization, electromagnetic interference and thermal management. Numerous practical design examples are presented in class.

Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science


GEO 203/ENE 203

A quantitative introduction to Solid Earth system science, focusing on the underlying physical and chemical processes and their geological and geophysical expression. Through the course we investigate the Earth starting from its basic constituents and continue through its accretion, differentiation and evolution and discuss how these processes create and sustain habitable conditions on Earth’s surface. Topics include nucleosynthesis, planetary thermodynamics, plate tectonics, seismology, geomagnetism, petrology, sedimentology and the global carbon cycle. Two field trips included.


Lamyaa El-Gabry

MAE 221/ENE 221

Heat and work in physical systems. Concepts of energy conversion and entropy, primarily from a macroscopic viewpoint. Efficiency of different thermodynamic cycles, with applications to everyday life including both renewable and classical energy sources. In the laboratory, students will carry out experiments in the fields of analog electronics and thermodynamics.

Heat Transfer

Daniel M. Nosenchuck

MAE 423/ENE 423

This course will cover fundamentals of heat transfer and applications to practical problems in energy conversion and conservation, electronics, and biological systems. Emphasis will be on developing a physical and analytical understanding of conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer, as well as design of heat exchangers and heat transfer systems involving phase change in process and energy applications. Students will develop an ability to apply governing principles and physical intuition to solve multi-mode heat transfer problems.


Chung K. Law

MAE 531/ENE 531

Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, oxidation of hydrogen, hydrocarbons and alternate fuels, pollutant chemistry and control, transport phenomena, laminar premixed and nonpremixed flames, turbulent flames, ignition, extinction, and flammability phenomena, flame stabilization and blowoff, detonation and blast waves, droplet, spray and coal particle combustion, principles of engine operation.

Energy and Commodities Markets

Ronnie Sircar

ORF 455/ENE 455

This course is an introduction to commodities markets (oil, gas, metals, electricity, etc.), and quantitative approaches to capturing uncertainties in their demand and supply. We start from a financial perspective, and traditional models of commodity spot prices and forward curves. Then we cover modern topics: game theoretic models of energy production (OPEC vs. fracking vs. renewables); quantifying the risk of intermittency of solar and wind output on the reliability of the electric grid (mitigating the duck curve); financialization of commodity markets; carbon emissions markets. We also discuss economic and policy implications.