First Semester Fall Admission Advising

Congratulations on being accepted to the Master of Energy Engineering program – the first step in advancing your career as an energy professional. Please read the following materials and answer the questions by email to wryan@uic.edu.

Courses:
The Masters of Energy Engineering program has a highly defined course plan with three initial courses  that can be taken by beginning students in the fall. The courses are available each fall semester:

  • ENER 424: Energy Management and Conservation
  • ENER 429: Internal Combustion Engines (Note: This course is Thermodynamics Intensive)
  • ENER 501: Management of Energy Projects
  • ENER 554: Nuclear Power Generation
  • LAS 493: Topics in Energy and Sustainability: Energy Storage

Remember that you will find these courses listed under “Energy Engineering” rather than “Mechanical Engineering”. The number of courses that you take each semester is up to you.  Many students are also working professionals and take 2 courses, but you can take just 1 course or more. It is your choice. If your work schedule is a concern, feel free to take one course per semester.

Enrollment:
You can enroll through the UIC website and enrollment remains open until the end of the first week of classes.  Even though space is guaranteed for Masters of Energy Engineering students, you must enroll.
Online registration system is at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registration/register_online.html

PLEASE NOTE:  If you decide not to take any courses in the first semester in the program, you must get in touch with us. I need to defer your admission or the graduate school will drop you from the roster and you will have to apply for the program all over again. Please send an email including your UIC number, the semester your wish to defer and the complete name you are registered under to: weflores@uic.edu

On Campus:
When you arrive on campus, you will first need to register. Once you have registered you should get your ID at the Student Services Building and then you can get your student e-mail address.

As soon as you have your UIC e-mail address, send it to me. I will enroll you on the Masters of Energy Engineering blackboard site. My email is wryan@uic.edu.

Questions:
I have a couple of questions I need for my files. I know you have already provided this information on your application, but the graduate college retains those documents. Please e-mail your responses to me at wryan@uic.edu.

  • What was your undergrad degree and did you take thermodynamics?
  • If you have not taken thermodynamics click hereto the thermodynamics information.
  • Have you taken either an HVAC or a Power Generation (Power Plants) course as part of your undergraduate degree (If so – we will be able to skip that in your course plan)
  • How long have you been out of school?
  • Are you working for Sargent and Lundy?? (If so, they have specific course priorities that you need be aware of)

Please get back to me with your answers as soon as you can.
Now, all you need to do is sign up for courses among the 3 shown above. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Online registration system is at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registration/register_online.html

If You Do Not Have a Thermodynamics Background

 

First Semester Spring Admission Advising

Congratulations on being accepted to the Master of Energy Engineering program – the first step in advancing your career as an energy professional. Please read the following materials and answer the questions by email to wryan@uic.edu.

Courses:
The Masters of Energy Engineering program has a highly defined course plan with three initial courses available every spring.  The courses that can be taken by beginning students are:

  • ENER 422: Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Design*
  • ENER 451: Electric Power Generation*
  • ENER 420: Combined Heat & Power
  • ENER 450: Air Pollution Engineering
  • ENER 555: Energy Markets and Contracting

*You are strongly urged to take these courses first since they are a prerequisite of other courses.

Remember that you will find these courses listed under “Energy Engineering” rather than “Mechanical Engineering”
The number of courses that you take each semester is up to you.  Many students are also working professionals and take 2 courses, but you can take just 1 course or more. It is your choice. If your work schedule is a concern, feel free to take one course per semester.

Enrollment:
You can enroll through the UIC website and enrollment remains open until the end of the first week of classes.  Even though space is guaranteed for Masters of Energy Engineering students, you must enroll.
Online registration system is at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registration/register_online.html
PLEASE NOTE:  If you decide not to take any courses in the first semester in the program, you must get in touch with us. I need to defer your admission or the graduate school will drop you from the roster and you will have to apply for the program all over again.   Please send an email including your UIC number, the semester your wish to defer and the complete name you are registered under to: weflores@uic.edu.

On Campus:
When you arrive on campus, you will first need to register. Once you have registered you should get your ID at the Student Services Building and then you can get your student e-mail address.

As soon as you have your UIC e-mail address, send it to me. I will enroll you on the Masters of Energy Engineering blackboard site. My email is wryan@uic.edu.

Questions:
I have a couple of questions I need for my files. I know you have already provided this information on your application, but the graduate college retains those documents. Please e-mail your responses to me at wryan@uic.edu.

  • What was your undergrad degree and did you have to take thermodynamics for your degree.
  • If you have not taken thermodynamics, click hereto the thermodynamics information.
  • Have you taken either an HVAC or a Power Generation (Power Plants) course as part of your undergraduate degree (If so – we will be able to skip that in your course plan)
  • How long have you been out of school?
  • Are you working for Sargent and Lundy?? (If so, they have specific course priorities that you need be aware of)

Please get back to me with your answers as soon as you can.
Should you be in the area and like to come in for a personal advising session, please get in touch with me by e-mail, wryan@uic.edu. Since many of our new students are coming from a significant distance, a personal advising session on-site is not required.  My office hours are 4:00-6:00PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Now, all you need to do is sign up for courses among the 3 shown above. I look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Online registration system is at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registration/register_online.html

If You Do Not Have a Thermodynamics Background

Spring Semester Returning Students

It is time to sign up for spring semester. The five courses that can be taken in the spring are:

  • ENER 422: Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (Mandatory if Not Previously Taken)
  • ENER 451: Electric Power Generation (Mandatory if Not Previously Taken)
  • ENER 420: Combined Heat and Power (Best Taken With or After ENER 451 – Electric Power Generation)
  • ME 450: Air Pollution Engineering (Best Taken With or After ENER 451 – Electric Power Generation)
  • ENER 555: Energy Markets and Contracting

You should enroll through the UIC website and enrollment is open until the end of the first week of classes.  Even though space is guaranteed for Masters of Energy Engineering students, you must enroll. Please sign up for ME 450 as early as possible as the course is also open to Mechanical Engineering students.
The number of courses that you take each semester is up to you.  Many students are also working professionals and take 2 courses, but you can take just 1course or more. It is your choice. If your work schedule is a concern, feel free to take one course per semester.
Now, all you need to do is sign up for courses among those shown above. I look forward to seeing you again this spring.

Online registration system is at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registration/register_online.html

 

If You Do Not Have a Thermodynamics Background

UIC Course:

You need a background in thermodynamics for the Masters of Energy Engineering program. Since the program draws engineers from all disciplines it is not unusual to lack this experience. We have developed two different paths to provide you with this background.

If your schedule allows, taking ME 205 Thermodynamics is the best approach to providing the background needed for many courses – particularly ENER 451 Electric Power Generation, ENER 422 HVAC offered in the spring and the ENER 429 Internal Combustion Engines course offered in the fall.  Note that the ME 205 Thermodynamics course would be a background course and does not count as one of the eight courses needed for graduation.

College of DuPage Course

The thermodynamic course at College of DuPage (ENGIN 2205) is taught in both the fall and spring semesters. The course has been offered at night or late afternoon. Check the College of DuPage catalog for days and times  http://www.cod.edu/catalog/current/courses. The description that we have received on the course is that it is highly compatible with ME 205 and would be a good grounding for ENER 451 – Electric Power Generation.
Contact David Smith PhD, Assistant Professor, Engineering, College of DuPage smithdav@cod.edu for more information on the course.  Dr. Smith was very cooperative in supplying info on the course. There is a math prerequisite for the course which is the College of DuPage course “Calculus 3”.  You should ask Dr. Smith how that compares with your background. You should also look into the admittance requirements for taking only one course.
This is the only basic thermodynamic course in the Chicago area that we have found, so far, taught at night or late afternoon.

Coursera Course in Thermodynamics

The online Coursera course in thermodynamics “Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There” has been used successfully by many of our new students. Visit: www.coursera.org/learn/thermodynamics intro.

 

Self-Study – Best for Refresher Rather than Students New to Thermodynamics

An alternative route is to sit thru the Thermodynamic Lecture On-Line from the Open Course system at MIT. This material is on the Masters of Energy Engineering website and can be downloaded to your computer.  It will require time to review.  The website contains other course specific background material which also needs to be reviewed.
Unless you are taking ME 205 Thermodynamics the fall courses open to you are ENER 424 or ENER 501, neither of which require extensive Thermodynamics.  If you will only be taking one course, take ENER 424.  This will give you until January to go over the Thermodynamics background material.
Please get back to me with your plans and any questions. Please contact me early in the semester to coordinate the background Thermo materials. Email wryan@uic.edu.

 

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