The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree with a major in Renewable and Clean Energy.  This increasingly critical field of engineering focuses on alternative energy technologies that hold promise of becoming a substantial source of energy for the United States.  The Renewable and Clean Energy program includes courses on many types of alternative energy systems, in addition to courses on fundamental concepts related to energy.  Included in this program are courses on fuel cells, solar energy, wind power, hydrogen fuel, energy conversion ,energy materials, energy efficiency, thermodynaics, etc.  The intent of this program is to train the next generation of renewable and clean energy engineers and to develop research in the area of renewable and clean energies.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. in Renewable and Clean Energy program, students must first satisfy basic admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.  For regular degree status, this includes having a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree.  Click here for additional information on graduate admissions.

The Renewable and Clean Energy graduate program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores.  Please visit http://www.abet.org for additional information on accreditation.  International students must also have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT).  These scores should be sent to the Graduate School office (E344 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435).

While the criteria listed above offer general guidelines, program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.  Personal statements and letters of recommendation are not required, but applicants are welcome to include them.  Application tracking is done through the Graduate School's website, rather than at the department level.  If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements listed above, you must apply for the program before your credentials can be reviewed, i.e. the department cannot advise prospective students on whether to apply. 

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Facilities, Research, & Collaboration

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories and computer systems, interconnected by local and wide area communication networks.  Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers.  Students will have access to laboratories not only at Wright State University, but also facilites located at other DAGSI institutes.  The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI) provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.  In addition, several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities available for faculty and graduate research.  Research in renewable and clean energy is a new and upcoming field at Wright State University.  There has been research done in fuel cells, geothermal energy, solar energy, wind power, batteries, super capacitors, and hydrogen storage.  Research topics change as resources and interests change.

 

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application.  While graduate research contracts are processed through the department, students are responsible for initiating the process by contacting a faculty member with whom they are interested in working.  Faculty contact information is available on this site's directory, and faculty research areas are listed below:

  • Professors
    • Dr. Maher Amer, Ph.D. - self-assembled structures for photovoltaics and energy storage applications
    • Dr. Bor Jang, Ph.D. - fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super capacitors
    • Dr. Junghsen Lieh, Ph.D. - electric propulsion and hybrid electric systems
    • Dr. James Menart, Ph.D. - solar energy, geothermal energy, heat transfer, thermodynamics
    • Dr. Sharmila Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D. - nano-materials, energy storage structures, superconductors, high efficiency catalysts
  • Associate Professors
  • Assistant Professors

 

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor and the department chair. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 9 semester hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering in Renewable and Clean Energy degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor
  2. At least 21 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer science courses.  At least 15 of these must be engineering courses.
  3. At least 15 of the 30 graduate credit hours of engineering and computer engineering must be courses numbered above 7000.
  4. At least 3 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be a mathematics course
  5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced coursework option.  Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
  • Thesis option:  A thesis satisfying all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee.  Nine (9) credit hours of ME 7950 - Master's Thesis are required and will count toward the degree requirement of the 30 total graduate credit hours
  • Non-Thesis (course) option:  Students must complete nine (9) credit hours of courses numbered 7000 or above in addition to the sic (6) hours specified in requirement #3 above.  Three (3) of these nine (9) credit hours should be ME 7990 - Independent Study

Department Core and Electives

  1. Core Courses
    • Must take one (1) Advanced Thermodynamic course from approved list (3 credit hours)
  2. Renewable and Clean Energy Courses
    • Must take three (3) Renewable and Clean Energy courses from approved list (9 credit hours)
  3. Math Course
    • MTH 5040 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics I (3 credit hours) OR
    • MTH 6050 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics II (3 credit hours)
  4. Elective Courses
    • Two (2) elective courses at the graduate level.  Electives can be taken in the Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Geology, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Statistics disciplines.  Additional Renewable and Clearn Energy courses may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement also (6 credit hours)
  5. Thesis or Non-Thesis Option
  • Thesis: ME 7950 - Master's Thesis (9 credit hours) OR
  • Non-Thesis: ME 7990 - Independent Study (3 credit hours) + Two (2) additional 7000 level courses (6 credit hours)

Additional program information can be found here