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Engineering Sustainability and Resilience—Graduate Certificate

Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Help build a resilient society through sustainable engineering.

Learn the origins of sustainable development. Apply environmental life cycle assessment to systems. Examine grand challenges in sustainability, such as global climate change and the efficient utilization of materials through circular economy. Explore energy systems, natural resource management, community life, policy, and environmental literacy. The certificate will allow students to put sustainability and resilience thinking into practice within their chosen fields of study and careers.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Chemical Engineering
Admissions requirement BS in any discipline, with a background in quantitative analysis recommended.
Contact David Shonnard
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Check your preparation.

There are no pre-requisite courses for the required courses. There are a wide variety of electives to choose from, with varying pre-requisite requirements.

Take 6 credits of required courses.

Take both of these courses.

Take a 3 credit elective course.

Elective courses have been selected to represent a wide range of academic units, to address issues commonly associated with sustainability, and to provide additional sustainability assessment skills. All of these courses offer students the ability to evaluate issues from multiple sustainability perspectives. Elective course options will be re-evaluated regularly.

Choose one course from the list below. CEE 5350 Life Cycle Engineering is offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. SS 5313 Sustainability Policy is offered on demand.

CEE 4506 - Sustainable Engineering

Study of sustainability, engineering and design including systems analysis, life cycle analysis, biogeochemical cycles, energy balances, energy conservation and development, models for sustainable engineering, environmental regulations as sustainability instruments, sustainability in the build environment, and industrial ecology and compliance.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3501 or CEE 3503

MEEM 4235 - Wind Energy

This course introduces students to the underlying principles of wind energy conversions, with an emphasis on engineering aspects of wind turbine design and construction, and the evaluation of wind resources.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3201

FW 4111 - Indigenous Natural Resource Management

In this course, students gain knowledge in indigenous history, culture, and policy to enhance understanding of the rights and privileges associated with treaties, government-to-government relationship, and diversity of people, practices and values. Students engage in multidisciplinary scholarship with relevance for today's shared management regime.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

SS 4700 - Communities and Research

A rural sociology course analyzing the sustainability of rural communities (socially, environmentally, economically, and culturally). The course involves participatory research conducted together with a local community organization. Students practice research skills while making a difference in improving community life.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

CEE 5710 - Modeling and Simulation Applications for Decision-Making in Complex Dynamic Systems

Introduces students to the theory and application of modeling techniques and simulations in the analysis of decision alternatives in complex engineering problems. Topics include queuing theory, system dynamics modeling, agent-based modeling, discrete event simulations, etc. Students will be required to conceptualize and implement an appropriate research/engineering problem of choice (this could be a dissertation/thesis problem).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

CSE 5710 - Modeling and Simulation Applications for Decision-Making in Complex Dynamic Domains

Introduces students to the theory and application of modeling techniques and simulations in the analysis of decision alternatives. Topics include queuing theory, system dynamics modeling, agent based modeling, and discrete event simulation. Students conceptualize and implement an appropriate research/engineering problem of choice (this could be a dissertation/thesis problem).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

EE 5260 - Wind Power

Wind turbines are the fastest growing segment of the generator mix being added to power systems today. There is a growing need to understand the many issues caused by these additions. This course covers the theoretical background, regulations, integration experience, and modeling.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 5275 - Energy Storage Systems

Designing energy storage solutions for grid, vehicle and portable/autonomous systems. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of energy storage aging, cost, and performance improvement.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

MEEM 5275 - Energy Storage Systems

Designing energy storage solutions for grid, vehicle, and portable/autonomous systems. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of energy storage aging, cost, and performance improvement.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics

EC 4640 - Natural Resource Economics

Studies the economics of nonrenewable resources (energy and minerals) and renewable resources (water, fisheries, forests and species). Discusses the economics of land use change, macroeconomic topics such as economic growth, sustainability and green accounting.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (EC 2001 or EC 3002 or FW 4080) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

EC 5640 - Natural Resource Economics

Analyzes the economic aspects of producing/using natural resources. Nonrenewable resources and renewable resources are discussed. The economics of land use, macroeconomic topics such as economic growth, sustainability and green accounting are considered.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EC 2001 or EC 3002

EC 4650 - Market Failure and the Environment

Considers the efficient and equitable use of environmental resources, including air, water, land, wilderness and parks, wildlife and other ecological systems. Measures the benefits and costs of decreasing pollution, cleaner environment, and protecting scarce ecological resources. Addresses market failures and the economic valuation of environmental amenities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (EC 2001 or EC 3002) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

EC 5650 - Market Failure & Environment

Considers the efficient and equitable use of environmental resources. Measures the benefits and costs of decreasing pollution and protecting scarce ecological resources; addresses market failures and the economic valuation of environmental amenities. Requires students to learn quantitative and technical techniques to determine the efficient use of resources.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EC 2001 or EC 3002

FW 5550 - Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis

Use of geographic information systems (GIS) in resource management. Studies various components of GIS in detail, as well as costs and benefits. Laboratory exercises use ArcGIS software package to solve resource management problems.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710

MSE 5490 - Solar Photovoltaic Science and Engineering

Solar photovoltaic materials, the device physics of photovoltaic cells and practical applications of solar electric systems engineering.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MSE 5760 - Vehicle Battery Cells and Systems

The behavior and application of batteries will be examined by introducing concepts from thermodynamics, materials science, transport processes and equivalent circuits. The non-ideal power source behavior of rechargeable batteries in applications will be treated using electrolyte: electrode transport and electrode materials chemistry. Prior exposure to freshman chemistry, elementary electrical circuits, and elementary transport theory is assumed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geology, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engrg, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Geophysics; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

UN 5400 - Climate Science and Policy

An interdisciplinary discussion-format course covering the basic science of climate change and the development of international climate policy. Includes an analysis of policy targets in their scientific context and links to global sustainable development goals. Additional topics will be guided by the interests of the class and current events.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here are typical schedules. Two or three semesters are recommended.

Sample Plan 1

Fall Spring
ENG 5510 ENG 5520
Elective

Sample Plan 2

Fall Spring
  Elective
Fall  
ENG 5510 ENG 5520

Sample Plan 3

Spring Summer
  Elective
Fall  
ENG 5510 ENG 5520

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Apply a holistic sustainability and resilience assessment to emerging technical and societal issues by integrating multiple complementary analysis frameworks to assess a specific issue.
  2. Communicate sustainability assessments to their peers.

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The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and widely respected by fast-paced industries, including automotive development, infrastructure, manufacturing, and aerospace. Michigan Tech graduates deliver on rapid innovation and front-line research, leaning into any challenge with confidence.

The College of Engineering fosters excellence in education and research.

We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

David Shonnard

David Shonnard

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Shonnard teaches courses in chemical reaction engineering, life cycle analysis, and waste plastics conversion.

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Robert Handler

Robert Handler

Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute

Teaching Statement

Dr. Handler specializes in sustainable water and energy systems and other topics in sustainable engineering.

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