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Engineering Sustainable Systems - Sustainable Water Resources


College or University: University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: The dual degree confers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree from SNRE and a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) from the College of Engineering (CoE). Global climate change, energy security, ecological degradation, environmental threats to human health, and resource scarcity are critical sustainability challenges for the 21st century. Sustainability is based upon our ability to meet societal needs within the context of economical and ecological constraints. This dual degree provides the tools necessary to help meet those needs. The program trains graduate students to protect, restore, and create engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Graduates of this dual degree program will have both the engineering and sustainability foundations to command jobs domestically and internationally with engineering consulting firms, research and development labs in the private and public sectors (e.g. Fortune 500 corporations), government agencies, and NGO's. There are three initial tracks or specializations in ESS - Sustainable Energy Systems, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, and Sustainable Water Resources. The dual degree in Natural Resources and Civil and Environmental Engineering provides the tools needed to help protect, conserve, and manage water resources as well as the ecosystems and societies that depend on them. Integrating CEE course work in engineering principles of quantitative analysis and modeling with NRE course work in natural and social system dynamics will provide students with the tools and skills demanded by both public and private institutions dedicated to sustainable water resources as well as the ecosystem goods and services they provide.

Website: Click here for program website

Tuition (2007):In State: $16,000, Out of State: $31,500

Number of students enrolled in 2007: 5

For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? This is a new dual MS/MSE degree - we do not have graduates yet. However, graduates of this dual degree program will have both the engineering and sustainability foundations to command jobs domestically and internationally with engineering consulting firms, research and development labs in the private and public sectors (e.g. Fortune 500 corporations), government agencies, and NGO's.

Program of Study:

Description of Facilities: Within the School of Natural Resources and Environment, our faculty have labs in the building as well as connections to NOAH, Institutes for Fisheries Research, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, Michigan Sea Grant - not to mention close location to the Great Lakes. Please read more about our Centers: http://www.snre.umich.edu/faculty-research/centers_of_excellence In the Collge of Engineering, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department has numerous facilities as well. http://cee.engin.umich.edu/research/ewre/facilities/index.html

Program Faculty: School of Natural Resources and Environment http://www.snre.umich.edu/faculty-research/overview College of Engineering http://cee.engin.umich.edu/current/grad/index.html

Student Support: Competitive Merit-based awards


Email: essdualdegree@umich.edu

Department: School of Natural Resources and Environment

Institution address: Univ of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment 440 Church St., Room 1520 Dana
                             Ann Arbor,MI 48109-1041

Phone: 734-764-6453

 


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