UW"Madison launches online Sustainable Systems Engineering Graduate Program

May 14, 2012

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has introduced a new online Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) program, which will begin January 2013 with applications being accepted through October 15, 2012.

SSE is designed to prepare mid-career engineers with knowledge in sustainable engineering practices to be leaders in managing systems that impact the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics and society.

In addition, SSE focuses on the technical aspects of three specializations – energy production and distribution, facilities and built environment, and public infrastructure.

"We are very excited to launch the Sustainable Systems Engineering program," says Marty Gustafson, SSE program director. "This degree program will provide engineers with the skills to lead change within their organizations and communities. The program not only focuses on skills related to leadership of sustainability initiatives, but it recognizes the need for technical specialization in particular fields."

There is a great need for sustainable systems experts in relation to engineering right now, and SSE focuses on helping fill that void by creating leaders who can perform internal operations audits and recognize areas for organizational change, and engage stakeholders in sustainable issues. This program also provides the skills to apply sustainability concepts and practices to engineering design challenges.

UW-Madison's Department of Engineering Professional Development worked with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability and a number of colleges throughout the university in designing curriculum for this comprehensive program.

"These partnerships are essential to adding value to the program participants and their organizations," says Patrick Eagan, professor and faculty fellow for sustainable education and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute.

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