RIT offers two graduate programs in sustainable engineering. Sustainable engineering refers to the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations into the product, process, and energy systems design methods. Additionally, sustainable engineering encourages the consideration of the complete product and process lifecycle during the design effort. The intent is to minimize the total of the environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle while simultaneously maximizing the benefits to social and economic stakeholders. The programs are multidisciplinary and are managed by the industrial and systems engineering department.
The master of science and the master of engineering degrees in sustainable engineering build on RIT’s work in sustainability research and education. Both programs offer students the flexibility to develop tracks in areas such as renewable energy systems, systems modeling and analysis, product design, and engineering policy and management. Both programs are offered on campus, and both are available on a full- or part-time basis.
The programs are designed to accomplish the following educational objectives:
- Heightened awareness of issues in areas of sustainability (e.g. global warming, ozone layer depletion, deforestation, pollution, ethical issues, fair trade, gender equity, etc.).
- A Clear understanding of the role and impacts of various aspects of engineering (design, technology, etc.) and engineering decisions on environmental, societal, and economic problems. Particular emphasis is placed on the potential trade-offs between environmental, social, and economic objectives.
- Strong ability to apply engineering and decision-making tools and methodologies to sustainability-related problems.
- Demonstrated capacity to distinguish professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the practice of engineering.
Technical in nature, the programs will equip engineers with the tools they need to meet the challenges associated with delivering goods, energy, and services through sustainable means. In addition to basic coursework in engineering and classes in public policy and environmental management, students in the sustainable engineering programs are required to complete a capstone project or thesis directly related to sustainable design challenges impacting society. Many of these projects can be incorporated into sustainable research by RIT faculty in the areas of fuel-cell development, life-cycle engineering, and sustainable process implementation.
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Last updated April 25, 2018