New master’s degree in engineering offered

The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering has launched a new master of engineering program that not only expands on the undergraduate program but also includes development of leadership and entrepreneurial attributes.

The one-year program will train students to work toward professional pursuits in areas such as advanced energy technologies, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental nanotechnology and sustainable international development.

“To get the master of engineering degree in energy, environmental and chemical engineering, students can choose a pathway of specialization in specific topical areas,” said Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and chair of the department. “We also will provide training in leadership skills, teamwork and field/international experience.”

Discussions also are under way with the Olin Business School to explore collaborative opportunities for course offerings.

Biswas said the degree requires 30 credits and can be completed by students who enroll on a full-time basis in one year. Students can enroll part-time, but this will extend their length of study. A summer practicum worth six credits is an option.

An external advisory board consisting of individuals from outside industry will advise the faculty and help the students enrolled in the program explore internship opportunities.

The new program already is drawing attention of several applicants.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering (any discipline), physical sciences or life sciences are eligible to apply, and applicants can apply online.

The deadline is June 1. For more information about the program or application process, contact Rose Baxter at 935-6070 or visit