Cornell’s Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is an active advocate for maintaining high standards in terms of technical rigor and breadth of coursework across the university and its campuses.

Energy-Related Courses

Sustainability Courses

Energy Systems M.Eng. Specialization

Together with the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI), the Cornell Systems Engineering program has created a new on-campus and distance learning Energy Systems Specialization in our MEng (Systems) Degree.  This degree and specialization is dedicated to helping you develop as a leader who will create complete solutions that are sustainable, responsible, and socially achievable. With the broad range of stakeholders’ needs, technology, and societal impacts energy is truly is systems problem. As a world leader in Systems Engineering professional education & research, Cornell is ready to stand with you to make a difference.

Energy Economics and Engineering (EEE)

The specialization in Energy Economics and Engineering (EEE) brings together faculty and students from various personal and academic backgrounds to focus on potential careers in energy-related technology, management, and public policy. Course work explores current and evolving energy systems.

AEP 5500: Physics of Renewable Energy

The aim of this graduate/senior level class is a microscopic understanding of renewable energy devices and materials that you will likely encounter in research or advanced industrial settings, with a goal of understanding their ultimate limits, current efficiencies and opportunities for improvement.  The main emphasis is on electrical energy creation, conversion and storage devices - Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Supercapacitors and Thermoelectrics, which are areas of current research at Cornell.

CEE 6055: Special Topics in Environmental Engineering Energy Technologies and Subsurface Resources

This course aims to provide fundamental insights into the reactive processes related to harnessing subsurface environments for energy and resource recovery, acid and greenhouse gas capture, utilization, and storage mechanisms, sustainable recovery of high value materials from low-value substrates (e.g., industrial residues such as flu ash and electronic wastes), and integration of valorized materials from energy and resource generating processes back into the environment. These applications will be discussed in the context of reaction kinetics and mass transfer at gas-solid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid interfaces.