Ph.D. in Engineering - Energy Systems Emphasis University of Georgia - College of Engineering
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Providing sustainable energy for a rapidly growing world population is a grand challenge of the 21st century. Power generation and environmental emissions are a technical, social and political issue that affects economies and the environment on local, national and global scales. The Energy Systems program examines diverse technical, socio-political, and ecological dimensions of power generation and consumption including:
- Energy generation, storage, and conversion technologies;
- Impacts of energy and environmental policy on the power generation sector;
- Quantitative, qualitative, and descriptive models of energy flows and storages that illuminate the role of energy in the functionality of the biosphere and modern society;
- Ecological systems functionality and how this pertains to ecosystem health and ecological services provided to support humankind;and
- Interconnections with food and water systems.
The Energy Systems Emphasis Area stresses a holistic approach and offers exposure to many disciplines beyond engineering including natural and social sciences, public policy, and business. The curriculum is highly flexible and offers personalized plans of study.