This fall, North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Engi­neering will launch a new Master of Sci­ence in Energy Sys­tems (MSES) pro­gram that gives stu­dents cross-​​disciplinary grounding in an arena increas­ingly in high demand: devel­oping greener ways to pro­duce and uti­lize energy in ways that are both sus­tain­able and mar­ketable in today’s global economy.

The MSES pro­gram joins our suite of suc­cessful pro­fes­sional grad­uate pro­grams that are enabling technology-​​savvy pro­fes­sionals to assume tech­nical busi­ness and engi­neering lead­er­ship posi­tions,” says David Luzzi, dean of the Col­lege of Engineering.

The goal of the MSES pro­gram is to create a high-​​level sig­na­ture inter­dis­ci­pli­nary grad­uate pro­gram for the engi­neer or tech­nical busi­ness major pur­suing a career in lead­er­ship in industry or the public sector,” adds Yaman Yener, asso­ciate dean for Northeastern’s Col­lege of Engineering.

Built around a blend of class­room learning and Northeastern’s award-​​winning coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, the MSES pro­gram spans the engi­neering dis­ci­plines and cap­ital projects financing, which are essen­tial to the suc­cessful devel­op­ment of inte­grated energy tech­nolo­gies. Stu­dents will learn how to inte­grate proven energy solu­tions with alter­na­tive sys­tems, such as solar, wind, hydro, and pho­to­voltaic tech­nolo­gies. They’ll master finan­cially viable con­ser­va­tion tech­niques, new devel­op­ments in high-​​efficiency com­bus­tion and alter­na­tive fuels, tri­gen­er­a­tion sys­tems, and other modern energy technologies.

What makes this pro­gram unique is that stu­dents also learn the finan­cial and polit­ical side to imple­menting these tech­nolo­gies. “Tremen­dous impor­tance sur­rounds the devel­op­ment of energy sources,” says Gre­gory Kowalski, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering depart­ment, and the director of the MSES pro­gram. “But, in the field, there is often not enough focus on how to imple­ment these tech­nolo­gies in a timely, cost-​​effective way. This pro­gram will give stu­dents a unique expe­ri­ence by asking them to focus on more than just the tech­nology, to con­sider the eco­nomic and polit­ical aspects of imple­menting renew­able energy tech­nology systems.”

Stu­dents in this two-​​year pro­gram will take six core courses in engi­neering and finance and four elec­tive courses taught by uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and industry leaders. Northeastern’s Col­lege of Engi­neering, Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, and School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship will all par­tic­i­pate in the program.

Stu­dents will also have the oppor­tu­nity to apply for co-​​op posi­tions, where they will gain first­hand expe­ri­ence working in industry, col­lab­o­rating with engi­neering, busi­ness, and other industry pro­fes­sionals on devel­oping and rolling out modern energy technologies.

Grad­u­ates of the pro­gram will have a rare blend of aca­d­emic and hands-​​on experience—a valu­able asset to employers in both the cor­po­rate and civic arenas and the foun­da­tion for the future leaders of this growing field.

North­eastern grad­u­ates will be ready to lead efforts within com­pa­nies to plan and imple­ment new energy gen­er­a­tion invest­ments, realize energy effi­ciency improve­ments, and par­tic­i­pate in envi­ron­mental mar­kets,” says Kowalski.

For more infor­ma­tion, visit www​.coe​.neu​.edu/​p​r​o​f​e​s​s​i​o​nal.