The renewable energy engineering (RNEE) program is a four-year program that consists of 150 credits and aims at educating engineers to acquire the necessary competencies to design, build and operate the green energy infrastructure. In addition to basic science and math, the program begins by building, over four semesters, solid grounding in engineering fundamentals comprising elements from material, mechanical, thermal, and electrical engineering. This is followed by four semesters of advanced engineering courses that cover solar energy, photovoltaic cells, wind energy, geothermal energy and heat pumps and hydropower generation. In addition, the RNEE program offers several courses in energy storage, management and conservation such as Green buildings and LEED, Building Energy Modeling, Sustainable HVAC Solutions and Energy Storage and Management.
The curriculum includes several courses with experimentation and/or design projects. Taken together, these courses provide students with strong theory and practical hands-on enabling them to devise effective solutions for the generation, distribution, and utilization of green energy for grid-connected and off-grid applications. The major culminates in a two-semester capstone where students, working in small groups, demonstrate their mastery of the required engineering competencies and the design process.
The student’s study plan is given to every RNEE student upon his/her enrollment.