The University of Dayton (UD), Wright State University, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology will join forces to start a two-year master's degree program in renewable energy. Students can enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis starting in January.
‘Students will graduate from this master's program with the leadership, management, research and technical skills needed to help grow one of the most critical industries of the 21st century – clean and renewable energy and advanced energy systems,’ says Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut. ‘The program has the potential to be a regional academic center of excellence where new ideas are incubated, developed, tested and refined.’
In addition to developing more engineers, the partners say the program is designed to help address the need for stable, clean and economical energy sources. The program also is in line with Ohio's interest in research within the state's Third Frontier Project and the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio. Furthermore, organizers hope graduates will start new businesses to create new Ohio jobs.
The program will operate within UD's mechanical and aerospace engineering department and Wright State University's mechanical and materials engineering department. Students will receive a UD or a Wright State degree, depending where they enroll.
The Air Force Institute of Technology and Central State University also will offer classes and instructors but will not grant degrees.
SOURCE: The University of Dayton