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Minor in Energy Science, Technology and Policy

A Novel Multidisciplinary, Multi-campus Undergraduate Minor to Enhance STEM Learning in Energy Science, Technology and Policy

Stony Brook University, New York Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State College, SUNY Old Westbury, Nassau County Community College and Suffolk County Community College announce a new collaboration in undergraduate energy education.

With support from a grant from the National Science Foundation, we announce the establishment of a multidisciplinary, multi-campus minor – with a unique regional public-private four year college and community college partnership – in energy science, technology and policy. Preparing students to master the many facets of an industry that is constantly changing requires more than a prescribed set of skills.  For students to analyze energy policy decisions, follow the dynamics of various energy markets, or understand how to use and manage emergent energy technologies, the smart grid and future infrastructure systems, they will need a multidisciplinary education supported by a diverse set of perspectives, including practical experiences and multidisciplinary approaches. The Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, through the “Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES)” program, has recognized this need and awarded the team from the Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium (LIAEC) a $250,000 two year implantation grant to establish the program. The LIAEC is a public/private collaboration of academic institutions (two community colleges, two four-year technical colleges, a four-year liberal arts college, a private Masters Comprehensive Institution and one public Ph.D.-granting research university) dedicated to strengthening careers in the energy field by developing and increasing access to related academic programs and job opportunities.

Participating Campuses

Stony Brook
Contact:  Dr. Gary Halada,
Suffolk Community College
Contact:  Peter Maritato
Nasasu Community College
Contact:  Nicole Simon
Contact:  Adam Filios
Contact:  Nada Anid
Old Westbury
Contact:  Barbara Hillery
SUNY Maritime
Contact:  Richard Burke

Program Advisor:  Robert Amundsen
ePortfolio Coordinator:  Nancy McCoy Wozniak


Related Academic Programs at Consortium Colleges

a.  Advanced Certificate in Energy Technology (NYIT)

Alternate sources of energy, experimental vehicles, automated energy control systems, and advanced resource recovery facilities have been developed in order to maximize the efficiency of energy utilization. The  Advanced Certificate in Energy Technology requires 18 credits of graduate coursework in energy technology and related areas.

b.  Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (Farmingdale)

The mission of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center is to enhance public awareness of emerging renewable energy resources through a focus on applied research and workforce training in the renewable/sustainable and smart grid technologies.

c.  P.O.W.E.R   Pathways to Opportunity within Energy & Renewable  (Suffolk)

POWER (“Pathways to Opportunities Within Energy and Renewables) training will enable participants to receive industry certification as an Energy Rater, Solar/Photovoltaic Installer, or LEED Green Associate. The initiative will include career planning for all participants, and emerging workers will have the opportunity to earn their GED and/or the National Work Readiness Credential.  Displaced workers, incumbent workers, and returning veterans are encouraged to apply.

d.  Energy Technologies Program  (Stony Brook)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University has opened a new course of study in Energy Technologies leading to a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. ‘Hands on’ laboratory and design experience in the areas of Heat pumps, Insulation, Solar thermal, Photovoltaics, Wind turbines, Fuel cells, and Thermoelectrics, as well as theory based courses focusing on energy transformation, transfer, and storage.

e.   Minor in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy   (NYIT)  

As a member of the Multidisciplinary, Multi-campus Undergraduate Minor to Enhance STEM Learning in Energy Science, Technology and Policy, NYIT offers a Minor in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy. This program enables undergraduate students in all majors to develop "green skills" in their chosen field. Many employers are seeking to reduce their "carbon footprint" and promote clean, more efficient technologies which are less harmful to the environment. Further information about NYIT's offering is available here.



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