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

Energy Engineering Seminar 

(ChemE 5880/ECE 5880/MAE 5469)

Through the weekly Energy Engineering Seminar, CESI provides a mechanism for students in and outside of Cornell to receive up-to-date knowledge about energy systems science and technology, across the full spectrum of energy areas. Seminar speakers will be practicing engineers and executives from industry and government, as well as Cornell faculty members from a variety of departments. A discussion session with the external speaker will immediately follow the seminar.

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Cornell also offers a broad range of energy-related coursework that enrolled students can take for credit. The list of available courses is a living document; through addition of new faculty members and technical staff with expertise that extends the list, CESI works with departments across the Cornell campuses to add new curricula to enrich our offerings in energy.

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.

Sustainability Courses offered at Cornell

The list contains 886 courses are categorized as sustainability-focused and sustainability-related according to nationally recognized STARS v2.1  guidelines. Some of these courses are cross-listed in multiple departments and will appear more than once in the list.

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.