About Energy Systems Engineering Program

The ESEI 10-Month professional Masters of Engineering degree program in Energy Systems Engineering addresses the needs of students and the energy industry through:

Research - Connecting top-notch faculty, researchers, industry practitioners, and students interested in research projects crucial to energy and power systems, including technology development, entrepreneurship, concept demonstrations, cross-industry studies, and other forms of mentorship and knowledge transfer.  Lehigh's ESEI organizes faculty-student-practitioner research teams to tackle challenging topics facing the utility industry. ESEI sponsors students to conduct research of interest to the energy industry under the guidance of faculty members and industry advisors. The capstone projects for students of Lehigh’s Professional Master’s in Energy Systems Engineering are coordinated through ESEI's Strategic Advisory Council (ESEI SAC), comprised of industry representatives and Lehigh faculty members.

Education - Preparing young engineers and scientists for the emerging challenges of the energy and power industries through an innovative Professional Master's Program geared toward real-world industry needs, creating new career opportunities for graduates and addressing industry concerns through engineering workforce and technology development. 

ESEI’s first goal is giving students a thorough grounding in the generation and transmission of power, and its effect on the economy and the environment, is one of the two goals of ESEI.  ESEI students take four core courses—Energy Generation, Energy Transmission and Distribution, Energy and the Environment, and Project Management—along with technical electives and a three- or six-credit project, for a total of 30 credits. In the projects, which are supervised by faculty members and industry representatives, students work on challenges facing the energy industry.

A second goal is training future technical leaders for an industry with an aging workforce is the second ESEI goal. According to a 2008 report by the U.S. Department of Labor, a quarter to a third of America’s utility industry workers will be eligible for retirement by 2012. The Center for Energy Workforce Development, in a 2007 study, said 46 percent of the engineers working in power industries could retire by 2012, and added that the number of replacements being trained to fill that void is declining.

The energy industry needs an influx of new employees and leaders who understand power generation, the grid that transmits and distributes power, and the overall environmental impact of energy use.  At the same time, the nation needs to leverage talent and technology to move toward greater energy efficiency and alternative fuels that promote a sustainable environment.

Today, ESEI has developed multiple years of graduates who have found diverse positions in several dozen energy related businesses and industries.  The students contribute their business and technically based industry knowledge to meet the significant challenge of energy, and its environmental and economic impacts head on … through the Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering, at Lehigh University’s PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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