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ENGR 600 Alternative Energy Fundamentals

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Interdisciplinary fundamentals of alternative energy and public policy process as relates to socioeconomic factors of energy production and consumption. This course will not apply towards graduate programs in engineering.

About the Course

Welcome to ENGR 600. This online course is designed to introduce you to a broader way of considering Alternative Energy-focusing on the political, economic, and social feasibility issues likely to impact the future of energy mix and supply. A discussion of energy cannot easily be limited to one country, state, region or locality. As much as possible, we will endeavor to take a broad look at alternative energy policy and fundamental engineering principles. Alternative energy development cannot occur without an understanding of the link between policy and science.

Learning Objectives

Students will

  • gain an appreciation for the public policy process in relation to alternative energy development and consumption;
  • apply basic engineering principles to alternative energy systems; and
  • gain an awareness of different alternative energy systems and their respective political and economic factors related to their production and consumption

About the Instructors

Michael Moltz

Michael Moltz is an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy within the College of Engineering. Michael received his M.ED. and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was one of the first graduates of the university's undergraduate renewable energy program and is a NSF research award recipient for research into climate change and alternative energy policy. Michael has served as an instructor for courses in political science and secondary education at UNR. His research interests concern STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, alternative energy policy, and interdisciplinary education. His full-time career is serving as a Consultant with Capgemini Government Solutions based out of Washington, D.C.

Christopher Simon

Christopher A. Simon is a professor political science and director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah. He is the author of State and Local Government: Sustainability for the 21st Century (2011); Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (2007); Public Policy: Preferences and Outcomes (2010, 2007); and To Run a School: Administrative Organization and Learning (2005 Mandarin edition; 2001). He has published peer reviewed articles in Administration & Society, Armed Forces & Society, American Review of Public Administration, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, Educational Research Quarterly, Land Use Policy Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, and Social Science Quarterly. His research areas are in public policy and administration. He serves a member of the National Council, Pi Alpha Alpha honor society.

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