ENGR 600 Alternative Energy Fundamentals

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 Instructor

Michael Moltz, moltzm@unr.edu

Mike Moltz lectures for the Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate (GREC) program within the College of Engineering and teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he is finishing his Ph.D. in Political Science. Mike 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 an NSF research award recipient for research into climate change and alternative energy policy. Mike has taught the undergraduate renewable energy course at UNR and currently teaches ENGR 600: Alternative Energy Fundamentals and ENGR 620: Renewable Energy in the Home and Local Community as part of the GREC program.  Prior to joining UNR he was an IT consultant, in which capacity he trained public service employees in the adoption of information technology solutions. His teaching and research interests concern alternative/renewable energy policy, interdisciplinary education, public personnel administration, and public budgeting.