The University of Illinois has a long history of outstanding engineering education and research. The UIC College of Engineering continues this tradition of excellent graduate programs with the Master of Energy Engineering program. This program is unique to UIC and delivers proprietary course material developed exclusively for this degree.
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Master of Energy Engineering Leads to Patent FilingMeet Maher Maymoun recent MEE graduate. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Engineering Maher began working in a sustainable buildings design firm located in Jordan. He knew he wanted to specialize in this field and further his education in energy engineering. Why UIC? Not only was the Master of Energy Engineering program exactly what he was looking for, but a recommendation from a colleague who had received her Masters of Architecture at UIC finalized the decision.
Maher has been in his new job with Baumann Consulting as an Energy Engineer since he graduated from UIC. He credits the MEE Energy Auditing and HVAC courses in particular for preparing him for the real world. Moreover, it was the sustainable and renewable energy course project that motivated him with an idea that was registered as a US provisional patent. He has filed his idea with the US Patent Office, set up a prototype and will begin testing and evaluating the innovation soon.This idea was selected to be one of the GIST Tech-I 2014 semi-finals which is a global innovation competition organized by the US Department of State and American Association for Advanced Science.
We will keep you updated on Maher’s progress with his patent filing and the global competition final results.
MEE Program Facilitates Career Change
"I was an architect with an engineering background from my time with the Navy in the nuclear program. I knew buildings and I knew energy and determined that a new career as a facilities manager would be a good fit. However, I needed an engineering degree for the job I wanted.
I was looking for an energy based program and found lots of courses, but many were on-line programs. I think there are benefits to being in the classroom and I was right. There was a good mix of students and with classmates in the workforce there were good exchanges which kept the class informed of the latest developments in the field. . The course work consisted of current, practical information that was immediately applicable. I thought the program did a good job covering the whole energy spectrum from production to end use."
Class of 2013, Resource Efficiency Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
"When I graduated from Purdue with a BS in EE I was looking for something new - engineering with a different focus, practical, not theoretical. I wanted skills that would assist me on the job. I looked at other engineering schools and found that the Master of Energy Engineering program was unique and offered the skills I wanted.
The program was a big help with my job where I was immediately able to apply course material at work. I liked that the courses are designed for specific jobs and found it beneficial that the instructors have been out in the real world. Having classes in the evening was also helpful."
Class of 2013, Energy Engineer, Elara Energy Services, Inc.
“During my senior year of undergrad I knew I was interested in the energy industry. I found the Masters of Energy Engineering (MEE) program and liked that I could work while I took classes. I started the MEE program the same time I started a new job at The Shaw Group. I believe my enrollment in the MEE program was definitely a factor in getting the job. Shaw was very interested in the program and currently has one employee enrolled with another one starting class soon.
I thought it was convenient taking classes and working. Interestingly, everything I was learning in class mirrored what I was doing at work.”
CEM class of 2010, Energy Manager, CBRE
"I was interested in renewable and emerging energy and thought the Master of Energy Engineering (MEE) program was a great opportunity to be more involved in the energy field and investigate different technologies. The name Master of Energy Engineering accurately defines the program – it is more technical, more focused and creates more job opportunities. My job is quite challenging and having a MEE degree has helped me to think more practically than theoretically."
Class of 2010, Sustainable Engineering Assistant, Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP
“The Master of Energy Engineering (MEE) is a gateway into the energy field. The instructors, having worked in the energy field, are industry experts and provide unparalleled opportunities for students. The way the MEE program is structured, with evening classes in a great location, allowed me to continue working while fully engaged in the program. The classes are small, making it easy to build long-lasting relationships with my peers. I selected this program because I was looking for a career that had positive employment prospects, interesting work, and also complemented undergrad degree. Ultimately, it was integral to landing my current job, and energy engineering is a great field to go into.”
Hillary Richmond Vadnal,
Class of 2011, Engineer, Building Energy Efficiency, Gas Technology Institute
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