Updated Fri, Jul 18, 2014 2:26 pm
Ohio University is expanding its degree offering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology beginning this fall.
The new four-year Bachelor of Science degree in energy engineering will be the third such program in the country.
“Energy is considered one of the grand challenges for engineering and touches each of our lives, so we need to do the best that we can to prepare future Russ College graduates to contribute to a long term sustainable energy future,” said Robe Professor Greg Kremer, chair of the department of mechanical engineering that will administer the new program.
Energy engineering involves several engineering disciplines and the new program will combine faculty expertise and research from the mechanical, chemical and biomolecular and electrical engineering departments.
“The very fact that we have a new bachelor’s program is unique,” said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. “It is only with a clear, present and overwhelming need that we develop one. If we can solve the source and environmental considerations of energy generation, then we’ve done society a great good — an everlasting good.”