Santa Clara University's (SCU) school of engineering is now offering a renewable energy certificate for engineering graduate students. The certificate will help engineers in the semiconductor field prepare for careers in alternative energy, according to SCU.
The certificate is designed to help refresh the skill set of experienced engineers and professionals looking to enter the expanding alternative energy sector.
‘As demand for alternative energy grows, so will the need for highly qualified engineers with hands-on experience in designing engineering systems that use wind, solar and geothermal heat,’ says Godfrey Mungal, dean of the school of engineering.
The certificate program consists of eight courses that can be taken in a calendar year. Those courses include alternate energy, power systems, biofuels engineering, introduction to the smart grid and energy management.
The school of engineering will be holding an information session on Sept. 14 at noon in the multi-purpose room at the Bannan Engineering Labs building.
Plans also are in place to add a master's degree in sustainable energy within the school of engineering starting in the 2011-12 academic year.
SOURCE: Santa Clara University