Energy Engineering, B.S.
The world’s reliance on fossil fuels is on the brink of causing irreparable damage to the earth. There is a need for engineers to pioneer new techniques for creating the energy essential for modern living. This includes finding ways to use fossil fuels more efficiently and in a way that won’t harm the environment further.
Science and math… and more
The energy engineering program focuses on teaching the fundamental science and math relevant to energy production, distribution, and end use. You will learn to apply engineering concepts, calculations, and computer models to solve problems and analyze designs in these areas.
In this program, you’ll take part in sophisticated projects that span several semesters. These projects will teach you to put your classroom knowledge to practical use and prepare you to deal with the issues real-world engineering teams encounter—resource allocation, meeting milestones, and the technical hurdles common to engineering challenges.
You’ll also be taught the fundamentals of business and accounting—essential knowledge for engineers who often need to balance business and technical issues in order to complete a project and bring it to market.
Learning from reality
Indiana Tech’s energy engineering program offers more than just theory. Our students monitor and analyze data from real alternative energy systems such as:
- A working turbine: Our campus features a 120-foot-tall wind turbine capable of generating 700 to 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month. The power produced by the wind turbine flows back to the campus’ internal power grid, and it is credited to the university’s electric bill.
- A geothermal heating and cooling system: The U.S. Department of Energy gave Indiana Tech a $1.34 million grant to partner with WaterFurance International on development and installation of a geothermal system connected to the Uytengsu Center and other buildings on campus. Professors and students in the energy engineering program work with WaterFurnace’s research and development scientists to monitor, test equipment and analyze the findings.
What do energy engineers do?
Energy engineers have skills that can be useful in many different career fields, including:
- Electric, gas and utility industries
- Alternative energy industries
- Product design and development teams in the transportation industries: automotive, aerospace, railways, mass-transportation, nautical, etc.
- Energy saving activities in industrial, commercial, and government enterprises
- Agencies and commissions involved in distributing and regulating existing energy sources, or promoting alternative energy sources