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UTEP Announces Ph.D. Track in Energy Science and Engineering


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The University of Texas at El Paso is gearing up to meet the current energy research demands for the 21st century.

“During the last two decades, the U.S. energy Research and Development (R&D) enterprises have experienced a ‘missing generation’ of energy engineers and professionals,” said Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D., chair of UTEP’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “There are simply not enough graduate students enrolled in energy disciplines at U.S. universities to replace the engineers and scientists who plan to retire within the next five to eight years. This has now become a serious workforce crisis and poses a serious threat to America’s energy security and sustainability.”

UTEP’s Mechanical Engineering Department will begin offering coursework for the new Energy Science and Engineering (ENSE) doctoral track within the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Engineering on May 7.

“The goal of this new program is to create unique interdisciplinary energy research and educational opportunities for students and to bring UTEP to the forefront of creating diversity in the energy R&D workforce,” Choudhuri said.

“Next generation energy engineers must innovate transformational technologies for affordable, abundant and low carbon energy and lead entrepreneurial ventures to commercialize those innovations,” said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of UTEP’s College of Engineering. “This new doctoral track evolves from our vision of educating a new pedigree of qualified engineers with the ‘soft skills,’ business acumen and strategic foresight required to meet the needs of the 21st century energy industry.”

The ENSE program will include research topics such as fossil fuel power generation efficiency improvement, carbon capture and storage, high capacity renewable power generation and aerospace propulsion.

Originally posted on News @ UTEP.