Energy Studies at UW

One of the advantages of studying energy at the University of Washington is the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning with courses offered in many departments. A well rounded graduate student should consider taking courses outside of their major in order to get a different angle on the same problem. The following is a non-exhaustive list of clean energy related courses at UW. Check the current time schedule to see what is being offered.

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Course Autumn Winter Spring Description
ARCH 526 Topics in High Performance Buildings (3) Addresses key dimensions to the design of high performance buildings including: energy efficiency; health and comfort; structures and materials; economic performance; and renewable energy systems. Includes faculty-led discussions and presentations by experts I the field. Students explore and refine research topics in high performance buildings.
ARCH 533 Advanced Environmental Systems (3) x x Focuses on computational simulation tools and techniques to evaluate the performance of a design or design alternatives, starting at earliest conceptual design phases to help architects make informed design decisions. Topics include solar, lighting, thermal, and acoustical analysis techniques and their applications.
BIOEN 504 Introduction to Technology Commercialization (4) (BioEN 504), x Explores essential business, legal, engineering, and other skills necessary to take new technology from research to market. Covers intellectual property, market analysis, licensing, funding mechanisms such as venture capital, and product marketing.
BIOEN 506 Applying Technology Commercialization (1) Focuses knowledge of entrepreneurship within the spaces of medical devices, hardware/software, and energy, into a practical description of a potential start-up company.
BioEN 599 Frontiers in Nanotechnology (3) (BioEN 599 or PHYS 576)
CEE 565 Climate Change and Energy (5) x Covers the nature of global climate systems, global warming, ozone depletion, and human influences. Introduces tools to evaluate current and alternative energy production and conversion options for transportation. Explores the nexus between transportation and energy in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
CESI 588 Energy Infrastructure and the Environment (3)  x x Focuses on energy infrastructure, including site selection, permitting, design, construction, and maintenance. Includes electrical production facilities as well as transmission, focusing on permitting and construction of renewable energy facilities. Covers renewable energy infrastructure, emphasizing wind, solar, and geothermal.
Chem 455 Physical Chemistry One (3) (Chem 455) x Introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. Theory of quantum mechanics presented at an elementary level and applied to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and to molecular spectra.
Chem 457 Physical Chemistry Two (3) (Chem 457) x Introduction to statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, and chemical kinetics.
Chem 461 Physical Chemistry with Lab (3) x Physical measurements in chemistry. Vacuum techniques, calorimetry, spectroscopic methods, electrical measurements.
Chem 464 Computer Data Acquisition / Analysis (3) ( x Introduction to use of the computer in the chemistry laboratory. Principles of microcomputers and their use for such problems as data acquisition, noise reduction, and instrument control.
CHEM 486 Electronic Dynamics in Organic and Inorganic Materials (3) NW Energy and charge transfer; exciton migration and charge transport; photophysical dynamics in optoelectronic and kinetic processes in electrochemical energy conversion.
CHEM 521 Electrochemistry (3) , x Theory and practice of modern electrochemistry with emphasis on instrumentation and applications in chemical analysis.
Chem 566 Energy Materials, Devices and Systems x x x Provides project based training for synthesis & characterization of new energy materials, for generation and storage, and the integration of renewables into energy systems using instruments at the Clean Energy Research Training Testbed. Topics include nanoparticle synthesis, solar cells, impedance analysis, characterization with solar simulator, coin cell battery assembly & testing, photochemistry, semiconductor w/ 2D materials, grid simulation Offered: jointly with CHEM E 540/MSE 566; AWSp.
CHEM 584 Electronic and Optoelectronic Polymers (3) Covers the chemistry, physics, materials science, and applications of semiconducting and metallic conjugated polymers. Examines the structural origins of the diverse electronic and optoelectronic properties of conjugated polymers. Exemplifies applications by light-emitting diodes, lasers, solar cells, thin film transistors, electrochromic devices, biosensors, and batteries
CHEM 586 Electronic Dynamics in Organic and Inorganic Materials (3) NW x Energy and charge transfer; exciton migration and charge transport; photophysical dynamics in optoelectronic and kinetic processes in electrochemical energy conversion.
CHEM E 341 Energy and Environment (3) ME 241, Envir341 x Energy use. Fossil energy conversion. Oil, gas, coal resources. Air impacts. Nuclear energy principles, reactors, fuel cycle.
CHEM E 484 Electronic and Optoelectronic Polymers (3) x Covers the chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering applications of semiconducting and metallic conjugated polymers. Examines the structural origins of the diverse electronic and optoelectronic properties of conjugated polymers. Exemplifies applications by light-emitting diodes, lasers, solar cells, thin film transistors, electrochromic devices, biosensors, and batteries.
CHEM E 514 Advanced Chemical Engineering Laboratory (3) x Instrumentation and laboratory techniques for chemical, biological, clean energy, and nano technologies. Experiments include surface modification, this film formation, nanoparticle synthesis, micro/nanoscale fabrication, protein adsorption, microorganism identification, and photovoltaic device fabrication/evaluation using advanced instrumentation
ChemE 599 Battery Systems Engineering (3) x
ChemE 599 Nanomaterials Chemistry and Eng. (3) x
ChemE 599 Organic Electronics and Bioelectronics (3) () x
E E 351 Energy Systems (5) x x Develops understanding of modern energy systems through theory and analysis of the system and its components. Discussions of generation, transmission, and utilization are complemented by environmental and energy resources topics as well as electromechanical conversion, power electronics, electric safety, renewable energy, and electricity blackouts.
E E 451 Wind Energy (4) x odd years Covers the operation and modeling of wind energy, wind statistics, wind generators and converters, wind energy systems, challenges to wind energy development, impacts of wind energy on the power grid, and existing and potential solutions to wind energy integration.
E E 482 Semiconductor Devices (4) x Fundamentals of semiconductor theory: carrier diffusion and drift; concept of direct and indirect energy materials, effective mass of mobile carriers; device physics: homo- and heterojunctions, operating principles of bipolar, junction, and MOS field-effect transistors.
E E 485 INTRO TO PHOTONICS (4) (EE 485) x Introduction to optical principles and phenomena. Topics include electromagnetic theory of light, interference, diffraction, polarization, photon optics, laser principles, Gaussian beam optics, semiconductor optics, semiconductor photonic devices. Prerequisite: E E 361 or PHYS 123. Offered: W.
E E 554 Large Electric Energy Systems Analysis (4) Deals with problems whose solution depends upon the inversion of sparse matrices that occur in the planning and operational studies of large interconnected energy systems. Application studies include system model development, state estimation, and load flow.
M E 426 Renewable Energy II (3) Explores renewable energy principles and practices of energy conversion, focusing on energy conversion from wind and water.
M E 430 Advanced Energy Conversion Systems (4) Advanced and renewable energy conversion systems and technologies are treated. Included are high efficiency combined cycles; renewable energy conversion involving solar, wind, and biomass; direct energy conversion and fuel cells; and nuclear energy. Environmental consequences of energy conversion and environmental control are discussed.
M E 442 Renewable Energy (4)  (ChemE 442) (ME442) x Introduction to renewable energy. Principles and practices: solar, wind, water, and biomass energy conversion.
M E 523 Energy and Environment Seminar x x x Student discussions of topics in combustion science and technology, alternative fuels, renewable energy, environmental consequences of energy conversion, and design for environment. Also, presentations by outside experts.
M E 539 Renewable Energy I (4) x Renewable energy, principles and practices of energy conversion, with focus on solar energy and bio-energy.
M E 540 Renewable Energy II (3) x Explores renewable energy, principles and practices of energy conversion, focusing on wind and hydrokinetic energy.
MSE 471 Polymer Science and Engineering (3) x Introduction of preparative methods of polymers; physical chemistry of polymeric molecules in solution, liquid and solid phase; thermodynamics of polymers; methods of characterization; mechanical properties; fabrication techniques; properties of commercial polymers.
MSE 576 Introduction to Optoelectronic Materials (3) Introduces the optical properties of dielectrics, semiconductors, and metals, and their applications in optoelectronic and photonic devices used in telecommunicatons, biomedical, and renewable energy industries
MSE 599 Electrochemical Materials (3) x
MSE 599 Materials Characterization (Section E) (3) x
PHYS 217 Energy Future: The Technical and Social Barriers to Large-Scale Sustainable Energy (5) I&S/NW Seidler x Surveys the scientific, technological, and social barriers to large-scale renewable energy implementation. Includes discussion of solar, wind, nuclear, and other sustainable modalities; energy efficiency; large-scale energy storage; the greenhouse effect; and numerous domestic and international case studies of sustainable energy efforts.
PUBPOL 593 Climate Change and Energy Policy (3-4) Energy policy formulation and implementation with emphasis on post-1973 developments. Energy conservation programs; changing roles of oil, coal, gas, nuclear, and solar energy; institutional, environmental, and equity considerations; government research and development programs.
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy