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Grad School Introduces Renewable Energy Certificate

Responding to the tremendous demand for energy professionals nationwide and particularly in Silicon Valley, the School of Engineering is now offering a graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy. The fastest growing sector in California, this field of study brings together principles and practices from engineering, environmental sciences and economics, and provides diverse career opportunities.

“We are excited about this new Certificate,” said Samiha Mourad, professor of electrical engineering. “Our School has a long history of involvement in sustainable energy studies. Nearly fifty years ago, we put solar panels on a Santa Clara city building, in the 60s we began researching electric power, and in the 70s faculty and students broke new ground investigating the use of methanol as a fuel supplement for automobiles. Most recently, we took third place twice in the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, competing against an international field of university heavyweights. This is something we do very well. Our rigorous curriculum combined with an emphasis on social and ethical responsibility produces engineers who are not only proficient in engineering, but also equipped with an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the impact of their practice on society and the ethical issues related to their profession.

Mourad envisions the Certificate filling a need for area professionals who want to bolster their knowledge and expertise in energy-related areas. “With our Jesuit roots and our history of engagement in the field of renewable energy, we are in a unique position to be of service to our students, our Valley, and our world,” said Mourad. “This is just the start of great things to come in this arena; each quarter we are adding new curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels in response to increasing demand from our students, and we look forward to introducing a Master of Science in Energy soon. Our goal is to become the institution in Silicon Valley for sustainable energy studies.

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