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Renewable and Clean Energy

Introduction

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree with a major in Renewable and Clean Energy. The Renewable and Clean Energy program includes courses on many types of alternative energy systems, in addition to courses on fundamental concepts related to energy. Included in this program are courses on fuel cells, solar energy, wind power, hydrogen fuel, energy conversion, energy materials, energy efficiency, thermodynamics, etc. The intent of this program is to train the next generation of renewable and clean energy engineers and to develop research in the area of renewable and clean energies. For more information about the Renewable and Clean Energy program, see our Web site at http://www.cs.wright.edu/mme/future-grad-rce.shtml . For more information about the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department see the Web site http://www.cs.wright.edu/mme/.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E.— Renewable and Clean Energy program, students must first satisfy the basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550/213. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized tests scores where applicable.

Collaboration

As part of this program students will be expected to take at least one course from the University of Dayton and one course from the Air Force Institute of Technology. They are welcome to take more classes than this at these two institutions; however, it is required that more than half of the total credits for this degree be taken at Wright State. Registration for classes at the University of Dayton can be done at Wright State through the SOCHE program.

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 12 credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering in Renewable and Clean Energy degree:

1. Completion of 45 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.

2. At least 36 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer engineering courses. At least 24 of these must be engineering courses.

3. At least 12 of the 36 graduate credit hours of engineering and computer engineering must be courses numbered above 700, excluding ME 899, Thesis.

4. At least 3 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be from a course in mathematics or statistics.

5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the Graduate School at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.

Thesis Option: A thesis satisfying all requirements of the Graduate School must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Up to 12 credit hours of ME 899, Thesis, may count toward degree requirements of 45 total graduate credit hours and 36 graduate credit hours in engineering or computer science.

Course Option: Students must complete 12 credit hours of courses numbered 700 or above in addition to the 12 hours specified in requirement 3.

Facilities

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Super-computer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET).

Faculty

Professors
Bor Z. Jang, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super capacitors
James A. Menart, solar energy, heat transfer, thermodynamics

Assistant Professors
Hong Huang, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super capacitors
Amir A. Farajian, hydrogen storage, carbon nanotubes
Rory Roberts, fuel cells, energy systems
Daniel Young, fuel cells, storage capacitors

Graduate Assistantship

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application.

Research

Research in renewable and clean energy is a new an upcoming field at Wright State University. Currently there is a good deal of fuel cell research occurring. We have faculty that have done work in the areas of batteries, superconducting capacitors, hydrogen fuel, new materials for energy applications, geothermal energy, etc.

Research at Wright State is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.

Graduate School
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Fax: (937) 775-2453
E-mail: wsugrad@wright.edu
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