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Sept. 24: Carnegie Mellon Launches Professional Master's Degree Program in Energy, Science, Technology and Policy

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 / swaney@andrew.cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon Launches Professional Master's Degree
Program in Energy, Science, Technology and Policy


PITTSBURGH—Can a world hooked on hydrocarbons create alternative sources of power to replace our planet-damaging 19th century standbys, Old King Coal and polluting petroleum? Will new discoveries lower our utility bills, reduce the environmental impact of traditional power sources and increase efficiency of all energy use?
               
Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, a global leader in environmental and sustainable engineering, has launched an innovative new graduate program to address these questions by producing tomorrow's energy leaders, who will engineer new energy technologies to improve efficiency, reduce environmental harm, increase sustainable power sources and build new infrastructure for distribution. Graduates of this new program will be highly sought after by energy companies around the world.
   
"This program was created with a firm foundation in engineering but aligned with new discoveries in energy science along with a breadth in economics and public policy issues," said David L. Landis, executive director of the Masters Program in Energy, Science, Technology and Policy (ESTP).

The ESTP program covers a wide range of issues, including national and global socio-economic issues that govern energy policy and legislation, the fundamental scientific principles governing and limiting energy conversion and transport, and the technical and regulatory barriers that exist today for developing future power systems.
   
"I'm extremely excited about this new graduate degree program because it offers such a broad multidisciplinary core of courses and I know this degree will help me as I continue to study big picture energy solutions like carbon capture, where carbon dioxide is chemically absorbed as waste vapor streams exit power plants and factories," said Joshua Bordin, who graduated in 2010 from CMU with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. "My family has been impressed with all the academic programs at Carnegie Mellon." His sister, Rachel, is a current first-year student studying chemical engineering at CMU. 
   
Pranav Chopra, one of nine new students in the program, said he is very interested in the engineering and public policy issues swirling around global energy use. "I'm extremely interested in working in the energy field and this program has both the depth and breadth I'm seeking," said Chopra, a former employee of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Energy and Resource Institute in New Delhi, India.
   
Industry analysts estimate that jobs in the global energy and power sectors will grow by more than 15 percent between 2010 and 2015.
   
Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related discipline from a recognized university. For additional program information, please go to: http://neon.materials.cmu.edu/energy.
 
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