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    Hear About Energy Systems Engineering from UW Students

    February 09, 2017

    Energy Systems Engineering at the University of Wyoming is on the forefront of technology - but don't just take our word for it.

    Our former students offer the most compelling reasons to think about studying ESE.

    1.You Can Make A Professional Impact 

    Chris Cronick, a 2012 graduate from the ESE program, is currently employed by Sustainably Built in Boulder, Colo. ese640-1.jpg

    “We are raising the bar with energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainable design in new and existing homes and it has truly been a rewarding experience that I have been thriving in,” he says. “The education I received at UW gave me a huge step above others and gave me the experience I needed to get to where I am today.”.

    2. It Will Open Doors For You

    Now a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at UW, Emily Beagle earned her undergraduate degree in ESE in 2012.

    “I was especially attracted to the variety of energy-related electives offered in the program (solar/wind/nuclear) as well as the energy law and policy courses. I can also say with certainty that the reason I was selected as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow was because of the education I received as an energy systems engineering student. The understanding of the broader impacts of energy projects and the inter-related nature of the many different facets of the industry and incorporating addressing them together in my research were a key part of the success of my application.”

    3. It’s A Broad Area With Lots of Options

    Taylor Wollert, a 2016 ESE graduate, can trace her success to the rapidly expanding field.

    "When I first started here at the University I was undeclared. It wasn't until a friend mentioned Energy Systems Engineering to me that I actually considered it as a possibility. I hadn't even considered engineering up to that point. What finally convinced me to declare Energy Systems Engineering as my major was the post about ESE on the CEAS webpage. I really liked how new and fresh this major sounded, and that this major included the environment with addressing real world problems. Little did I know how inclusive this major really is.

    ESE.jpg"Over the span of my career as an ESE undergraduate, I have taken basic engineering classes that taught me how to determine the stress and strain on a beam, I have learned how to analyze the heat transfer in various setups, I have discovered the benefits of applying Bernoulli's equation; I have written several National Environmental Policy Act documents, I have participated in the comment period of a Federal Government action; I have learned about the enrichment process for nuclear engineering, I have disassembled and reassembled a small internal combustion engine; I have analyzed numerous environmental legislation, I have tested Matlab code, and I have applied the concept of sustainability to an engineering design.


    "I highly doubt that there is a major anywhere else in the University of Wyoming, or even in the United States, that provides such as vast array of knowledge for the price of a single major. With this background, I can easily transfer to a job focusing on environmental politics, mechanical engineering, or environmental law.

    "Overall, this major has been amazing. My favorite part was learning about sustainability and how to apply this concept to projects. I really feel that sustainability is the heart of Energy Systems Engineering in how it addresses not only the economic and technical side of a project, but sustainability also addresses the social, legal, and environmental sides of a project."

    4. It Covers The Concepts of Power Generation

    One of the area’s most recent graduates, Alexandra Howell, notes the depth the ESE program has. She graduated in 2017 with an ESE degree.
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    “Initially, while looking at universities in high school, I became interested in the ESE program because of its future potential. A lot of attention was being given to renewable energy. It seemed like a good idea to learn about it for future employment opportunities. Furthermore, it was one of the only programs of its kind in the US. It was something new and interesting.

    "After enrolling at UW and learning more about the program, I realized that it was extremely beneficial because it addressed all forms of power generation, not just from renewables. Furthermore, because the ESE program is part of the ME department, as students start taking more upper-level classes, there are several topic directions students can choose to go, based on what interests them. I would argue that this is one of the ESE program's strongest advantages. In this manner, UW can produce well-prepared, diversified ESE graduates that can be employed in various career fields.”


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