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Energy Conversion Engineering

Concentration Information

The Energy Conversion Engineering concentration is for students who wish to pursue  energy conversion technologies. Students in this concentration will learn basic knowledge and skills to analyze, design, and build efficient and sustainable energy systems that exploit the rapid pace of progress in the field. Conversion from different fossil, renewable, and nuclear sources, energy utilization in transportation, residential, and industrial applications, and the integration of systems while addressing the constraints, form the essence and contents of many of the classes offered in this concentration. By selecting appropriate classes in their concentrations, students pursuing this concentration may also obtain a Minor in Energy Studies (recall that classes in your concentration may also be counted towards your minor).

Concentration Class Suggestions

Suggested classes are listed below. The (M) annotation indicates classes that are on the approved list of classes for a Minor in Energy Studies. 
Suggested classes are listed below. Note that, as with any Course 2-A degree, the classes listed below are suggestions, not requirements. Students are encouraged to design and propose technically oriented concentrations that reflect their own needs and those of society. The (M) annotation indicates classes that are on the approved list of classes for a Minor in Energy Studies.
Recommended REST subjects: 8.21 (M), 2.66/4.42 (M)
Recommended Course 2 Subjects
  • 2.004 Dynamics and Control II
  • 2.006 Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Suggested Concentration Subjects
  • 2.28 Fundamentals and Applications of Combustion (GRAD)
  • 2.42 General Thermodynamics (GRAD)
  • 2.51 Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer
  • 2.60J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion (M)
  • 2.61 Internal Combustion Engines (GRAD)
  • 2.612 Marine Power and Propulsion (M)
  • 2.625 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Fundamentals, Materials and Applications (GRAD)
  • 2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics (M)
  • 2.650J Introduction to Sustainable Energy (M)
  • 2.66J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings (M)
  • 2.813 Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing
  • 6.007 Electromagnetic Energy: From Motors to Lasers (M)
  • 6.061 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems (M)
  • 6.131 Power Electronics Laboratory (M)
  • 10.27: Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory (M)
  • 10.426: Electrochemical Energy Systems
  • 22.05 Neutron Science and Reactor Physics
  • 22.06 Engineering of Nuclear Systems (M)
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Rohan Abeyaratne

Berg Professor in Mechanics

Interest Areas

  1. Mechanics of discrete and continuous systems
  2. Material instabilities
  3. Mechanics of growth