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Thank you for your interest in the Master of Energy Engineering program at UIC. It’s an exciting program
designed to increase your technical expertise and expand your career opportunities.
The following is information you may find helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

I was recently accepted to the MEE program what do I do next?

What courses does the program offer?

I work full time will I be able to find courses to fit my schedule?

Do courses fill up and become unavailable?

Who should enroll in this program?

What are the undergraduate requirements for this program?

How do I apply?

What is the cost for a Master of Energy Engineering degree?

What companies hire graduates with a MEE degree?


I was recently accepted to the MEE program what do I do next?
Log onto www.uic.edu. Go to the bottom right and click on Current Students. You will find links to all the information you need.

What courses does the program offer?
The Master of Energy Engineering program is a well defined step- by- step consisting of 10 courses. Click here for course description.

I work full time will I be able to find courses to fit my schedule?
The Master of Energy Engineering program is tailored to working students. All courses are offered in the evening. We begin at 6PM to allow you time to get from work to the UIC campus. No summer classes are offered.

Do courses fill up and become unavailable? 
Five courses are offered per semester and are repeated annually. All courses are on a guaranteed availability basis. You will not have to delay your studies once you begin the program.

Who should enroll in this program?
The Master of Energy Engineering program is designed for engineers in Architectural/Engineering firms, Energy Utilities, Utility Marketing firms, Engine, Power, HVAC and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers and anyone looking for a new, exciting career direction in the growing field of energy engineering.

What are the undergraduate requirements for this program?
You will need an undergraduate degree in Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical or other Specialty –or one of the Hard Sciences. At least one course in thermodynamics is required and a course in heat transfer is recommended.

How do I apply?
It’s easy. Just click here.

What is the cost for a Master of Energy Engineering degree?
The cost of the program is based on a per course charge with some fees. For complete details click here.

What companies hire graduates with a Master of Energy Engineering degree?
UIC is ideally located in Chicago where there are a wide range of employers who have need of a focused energy engineer. To see an extensive list of companies that are employing and supporting students currently enrolled in the program, click here.


New Student Help

Welcome New Master of Energy Engineering Students

It is almost time for classes to begin and you probably have a lot of questions about the logistics of starting your graduate studies. You will need a UIC ID card. You need to locate your classroom. You need an UIC email address. Do you know where to park your car or where the bus stops?

You can get the answers to those and other questions on the UIC web site. Go to www.uic.edu and on the bottom right of the home page you will see a blue box and the first bar is titled Current Students. That will take you to a page with dozens of links that will provide you the information you need to know.


Advising

First Semester Fall Admission

Congratulations on being accepted to the Master of Energy Engineering program – the first step in advancing your career as an energy professional. 

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:

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 me. 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: netorres@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.

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

Congratulations on being accepted to the Master of Energy Engineering program – the first step in advancing your career as an energy professional.

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:

*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 me. Bill, do you want to be copied on Iris’ email? 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: netorres@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.

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:

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 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. Click here.  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.      

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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