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The Bridging Nations University College of Energy and Environment is offering a Graduate Certificate in Energy Technology and Policy to prepare students for green jobs. Check out this slideshow for program information, complete with professor bios and course descriptions.

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Graduate Certificate Info

  1. 1. College of Energy and Environment and Environment Graduate Programs in Graduate Programs in Energy Technology and Policy Energy Technology and Policy BRIDGING NATIONS UNIVERSITY Deepen your knowledge and boost your Deepen your knowledge and boost your credentials, in a way that fits your schedule WHY? WHY? Convenient, interactive classes classes Convenient, interactive online online Renowned international faculty Renowned international faculty Affordable Tuition Affordable Tuition WHAT? WHAT? Courses include: Courses include: Renewable Energy Technology & Supply Supply Renewable Energy Technology& Energy and Environmental Economics Energy and Environmental Economics Energy Security and Geopolitics Energy Security and Geopolitics See below See below WHEN? WHEN? FALL 2010 FALL 2010 SPRING 2011 SPRING 2011 SUMMER2011 SUMMER 2011 E: E: P: 202-741-3870 P: 202-741-3870 |
  2. 2. Bridging Nations University Graduate Certificate Program A graduate certificate is a great option Bridging Nations University’s College of for both recent college grads who want Energy and Environment offers top quality to stand out in the job market, and for graduate programs designed to prepare professionals who want to take the next students for the rapidly expanding green jobs sector. Our courses are taught by step in their careers. The green jobs industry has already begun to take off, College of Energy a distinguished faculty with expertise in all aspects of clean energy technology and now is the time for students to get the and policy. Our live, interactive virtual knowledge and skills they need to take and Environment classrooms set us apart from other online advantage of the exciting opportunities learning programs, while our Mentorship that are becoming available. program ensures that students gain essential first-hand knowledge of the Applicants to the program should alternative energy industry. have an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average. The Graduate Certificate program is completed in 5 courses, for a total of 15 credits. After completing their Certificate requirements, students have the option of putting these credits towards obtaining a Master's degree in Energy Technology and Policy at BNU at a later date.
  3. 3. Classes will be taught via live, online virtual Students have the option to lighten their workload by spreading their studies out as they wish. Students pick from any 5 of the 12 the courses listed below to complete a Graduate Certificate. By taking classes on weekday Master’s students take all 12 courses. Flexible Schedule, evenings and Saturday afternoons, participants in the graduate programs This flexibility also allows students to Flexible Program retain the ability to work a full-time job. concentrate on the courses they find to be most relevant to their interests and career aspirations. Some students will want a more specialized program, and some prefer to have a little bit of everything. The students’ learning goals are the priority at BNU. le
  4. 4. Courses and Faculty Renewable Energy Technology and Supply This course expands students’ general understanding of renewable Senior research director with the fuels through in-depth study of the Institute of Sustainable Energy, Tokyo infrastructure used to exploit renewable sources of energy. This course will place Taught at University of special emphasis on the technologies Maryland and Tufts Dr. Eric Martinot Lead author of annually published needed to develop these sources of fuel as alternatives to hydrocarbon Renewables Global Status Report dependency. Since geography is a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of major limiting factor in the economical California-Berkeley, B.S. from MIT use of water, wind, solar, wind and geothermal power, the concentration of these resources in nations’ will be examined in light of current limitations and innovations that might overcome these constraints.
  5. 5. Courses and Faculty Nuclear Energy Technology and Supply This course will expand students’ general understanding of nuclear Senior Project Manager at the energy in this course through a concise Nuclear Energy Institute overview of the nuclear sector, including the interrelation between nonproliferation Management positions at major and waste disposal. Students’ Mr. Vijay Nilekani energy companies knowledge of nuclear power as a well- International consulting in South developed hydrocarbon alternative Africa, Canada, Japan, the source will be enhanced by a study of Middle East, South America, how nuclear materials are extracted India and the US. and controlled in reactor to produce electricity. Since natural supplies of fissile materials are finite and unevenly distributed throughout the world, alternatives to natural supplies will have to be explored in this course.
  6. 6. Courses and Faculty Energy Security and Geopolitics This course will examine the role of energy access in shaping national Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Council security strategies and economic Former Senior Counselor for development over the course of the 20th the Energy, Technology and century to the present day. Students Science Policy division of the will examine national energy policies, Dr. Robert Manning Department of State the private-public relationship between governments and energy companies, Former Director of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the relationships between exporters and importers of hydrocarbons, biofuels Written a vast array of and nuclear materials. books and articles
  7. 7. Courses and Faculty Energy and Environmental Economics Founder, Chairman, CEO, and Chief In this course, students will examine Technical Officer of Carbozyme, a the structure of energy markets and company in the final stage of its state- the environmental costs of current and of-the-art carbon dioxide separation future energy platforms. Students will and capture system. learn how to conduct statistical analysis Dr. Michael Author of over 120 publications to understand and develop predictive models for future developments in power Held faculty positions at the Medical Trachtenberg Schools of Harvard, Boston University, and markets, such as price fluctuations and supply/demand curves. As energy the University of Texas conservation and clean energy policies Earned his B.A. in Psychology and Biology from the City University of New have gained ground, energy producers York, and his Ph.D. in Anatomy and have to consider the costs of converting Neurobiology from UCLA. fossil fuels to renewable sources.
  8. 8. Courses and Faculty Embodied Energy Analysis This course provides an introduction to embodied energy theory (emergy), Associate Professor, and its role in understanding the Ecosystem Engineering fundamental basis of energy use and Design Lab, UMD production with an emphasis on the role President of the International of environmental systems. Dr. David Tilley Society of Emergy Research Received Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from the University of Florida’s Environmental Sciences program
  9. 9. Courses and Faculty Science of Energy Generation This course focuses on mechanisms AssociateVicePresident, of energy conversion: the application GeorgetownUniversity of broader topics such as physics, Former Counselor for Science, engineering or chemistry in the energy Technology, Environment and Health sector. There are two foci in this Affairs at the Embassy of the United course: properties of fuels and systems Dr. Satish Kulkarni States of America in New Delhi Executive Director, University of California efficiency. The first focus is dedicated to the understanding of the energy- Office of the President, Lawrence generating properties of fuel sources. Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) These sources include coal, oil, natural Engineering Mechanics gas, nuclear energy, solar energy, from VirginiaTech hydropower, hydrogen, wind, geothermal energy, and biomass. The energy efficiency of each of these fuels will be discussed in detail so that students will be able to take this knowledge and apply it to the economics of power generation. Chemical and physical properties of solid, liquid and nontraditional fuels will be examined in the context of demand for affordable energy and the growing emphasis on clean energy.
  10. 10. Courses and Faculty Nonrenewable Energy Technology and Supply This course will expand students’ Professor, Coordinator of general understanding of fossil fuels Urban and Regional through an in-depth study of the Studies Program, James Madison technological infrastructure used to University maintain the global nonrenewable supply chain, from ground extraction Dr. Maria Papadakis Former Analyst for the US International Trade Commission to refinement and distribution. The geographic distribution of fossil Research published in major fuel reserves, refineries, pipelines, technology journals, including the and shipping infrastructures will be National Science Foundation taught, particularly with regard to their implications for world energy geopolitics. Ph.D. from Indiana University Topics in geology will be incorporated to examine the technologies of fossil fuel exploration and extraction. The development of unconventional sources like tar sands and oil shale will be explored, as will the emergence of “clean coal” concepts and technologies.
  11. 11. Courses and Faculty Energy Distribution This course explores the technology for the storage and transport of electricity Professor at the University as well as the infrastructure needed to ETH Zurich transport energy resources between Managing Director of the producers and consumers. Students ETH Zurich’s Institute of will first learn the mechanism of energy Dr. Wolfgang Kröger Energy Technology storage and electrical distribution, building on their knowledge of energy Founder of International Risk Governance Council generation for different types of fuel. Power grid systems used to manage Ph.D. from the RWTHA energy distribution will be discussed achenin Germany to provide an understanding of how electricity is priced and consumed.
  12. 12. Courses and Faculty Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World This course will provide students with an understanding of the Associate Professor of Geography, scientific techniques used to predict University of Delaware and measure climate change as Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for well as the policy debates over the Energy and Environmental Policy at implementation of climate change Dr. Yda Schreuder the University of Delaware legislation. Resource driven-conflicts will then be examined in order to Also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the demonstrate the direct links between University of Maryland climate change and global instability, including the possibility of resource- Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin driven conflicts in the near future.
  13. 13. Courses and Faculty Energy and Environmental Policy in Developing Countries With particular focus on the world’s largest developing economies, China Associate Director of the and India, this course examines policy China Studies program at responses to addressing the trade- Johns Hopkins SAIS off between economic development Former Director of Global Studies and and related energy consumption for Dr. Carla Freeman International Affairs at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sustainable development. The course will consider the roles of national and local governments, international Author of numerous papers on agencies and regimes, and also that of China and Asia international and local nongovernmental Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS organizations in shaping these responses, placing emphasis on the issues of state capacity to implement effective policies, sources of innovation in these societies, and the role of pluralism in effecting change.
  14. 14. Courses and Faculty Industry Project This course constitutes the solutions component of the Graduate Certificate program. Students will be able to select Various Professors topics they feel are relevant to advancing the development of cleaner energy will be involved in technologies and policies and will chose a firm or agency with which to pursue the instruction of their research. Over the course of one semester, the this course. student will work with an organization partner to analyze energy issues problems within the industry or agency and develop solutions to them. Students will not be required to work on-site with their organization partner, but will be graded by a supervisor in the organization partner upon completion of their project. This course provides students with the professional experience to analyze problems and develop solutions to them that will work in a professional environment.
  15. 15. Courses and Faculty Innovations, Entrepreneurship, and Special Topics This course focuses on the role Globally active entrepreneur of innovation as a driving factor of and philanthropist economic growth and progress. Guest lecturers will provide students Established several internationally with instruction relating to a specific Dr. Prakash competitive high tech companies. topic relating to alternative energy Founded Bridging Nations and innovation. The goal of this Ambegaonkar Foundation as a nonprofit policy course is to provide students with and advocacy organization in the knowledge and inspiration Washington, D.C. (2002). needed to think as entrepreneurs Active for many years in philanthropic and innovations. Students will get a and policy affairs. better understanding of how to think creatively and develop new solutions which break down existing barriers to advancement. Possible topics include: Clean Technology Start-ups; Clean Technology Venture Capital; Hybrid & Electric cars; Space-Based Solar Power; Green/Sustainable Architecture; and many more.
  16. 16. Mentorship Program One of the most unique aspects of the Energy Technology and Policy program is our Corporate Mentorship Program. Mentorship is a proven learning enhancement technique that will help guide students towards prospective career paths in clean energy applications by linking them with skilled experts in the professional world. Our mentorship coordinators will connect students with a mentorship organization. The mentorship organization will then assign students to one of their employees to serve as a student’s mentor. We envision a learning methodology in which the mentor will become like a “Big Brother” to the student mentee. Mentors and mentees will be in contact via phone and email, and in person whenever possible through face-to- face appointments. The mentors and mentees will first meet at our Meet-and- Greet Session prior to the beginning of an academic year. This will help ensure mentees’ academic success at BNU, as well as give them invaluable access to the “insider” view of the corporate structure.
  17. 17. Contacting Bridging Nations 1800 K Street NW Washington, DC 2006 202-741-3870 202-741-3871 (fax)