To keep the undergraduate Energy Studies Minor current with the ever-changing landscape of energy science, policy, and technology, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has provided funding for developing new classes and adapting existing ones. Nine projects will launch with this support in summer 2015. Five of the projects will create new energy-focused classes, and four will adapt classes already in MIT’s curriculum.
Harvey Michaels, Sloan School of Management
An elective focused on the demand side of energy in the built environment, including technology, services, analytics, and policy.
Konstantin Turitsyn, Mechanical Engineering
A technical elective emphasizing the integration of novel technologies (renewables, storage) into existing power systems.
Jeffrey Grossman, Materials Science and Engineering
An elective introducing first-year students to the challenges of energy generation, storage, and distribution at an atomic scale.
Valerie Karplus, Sloan School of Management, and Christopher Warshaw, Political Science
A multidisciplinary option for the Energy Studies Minor’s Social Science Foundations of Energy requirement examining how political and economic motivations and constraints shape energy systems.
Ruben Juanes, Civil and Environmental Engineering
An Energy Studies Minor elective and a core class for the energy resources track in Course 1’s new flexible 1-ENG major, where students will be involved in emerging research on the physics and visualization of subsurface reservoir flows.
Michael Golay, Nuclear Science and Engineering
Designing an online class.
Jean-Francois Hamel, Chemical Engineering
Incorporating clean energy.
James Kirtley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Incorporating energy storage.
Ignacio Perez-Arriaga, Engineering Systems Division
Adapting for undergraduates.