Energy Engineering Program Area
Energy is a major determinant of world events and quality of life. Addressing the relevant challenges and opportunities requires not only application of the full spectrum of engineering disciplines but also recognition of the social, political, and economic contexts. The Energy Engineering Program Area puts a particular emphasis on intellectual paths with human-centered impact.
Energy Engineering Program Area Lead: Lee Lynd
The Student Experience
The Energy Engineering Program Area provides individualized mentoring of our students' professional development toward becoming enabled, independent professionals, and prioritizes the quality our students' experience through scholarship, coursework, and community.
We are committed to fostering a stimulating and accessible intellectual community for students and faculty interested in energy engineering within Thayer, across Dartmouth, and among researchers and practitioners from the US and around the world.
All students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by interdisciplinary synergies.
Most graduate study is advanced through the research thesis and disseminated through contributions to peer-reviewed literature, presentations at professional meetings, and in some cases patents and entrepreneurial ventures.
Energy engineering research at Dartmouth addresses key strategic challenges informed by awareness of societal needs and opportunities. Efforts are supported by leading engineering faculty in their fields, as well as interdepartmental collaborations including with The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.
Ongoing investigations include:
- Biomass energy
- Energy materials
- Energy systems
- Power electronics
- Sustainable design
"We believe that technological innovation is enriched by a needs-driven perspective and that needs-driven work is enriched by exposure to technological innovation."
—Lee Lynd, Energy Program Area Lead
Individualized plans of study are developed by each student with their faculty mentors pursuant to gaining not only a broad understanding of energy technologies, systems, challenges, and opportunities, but also depth in one or more technical areas relevant to the student's interests.
For graduate-level students, breadth of understanding is achieved through this three-course sequence:
- Energy Conversion — addressing conversion of primary resources into electricity, fuel, and heat;
- Energy Utilization — addressing utilization of electricity, fuel, and heat for energy services (work, light, mobility, space heat and air conditioning, process heating and cooling);
- Energy Systems — addressing integrated analysis of single and interdependent energy service supply chains.
Technical depth is addressed through courses often related to the research areas listed above.
PhD Candidate Named IAEA Net Zero Challenge Finalist
Prabhat Hegde and team was named a finalist of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Net Zero Challenge. The team's paper, "Zero-emission credits to support nuclear energy's role in the decarbonization of the electric power industry," proposes using clear and concise policy recommendations to help achieve net zero targets, or the balancing of greenhouse gas emissions through their removal or elimination from society.