Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Graduate Certificate

Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Graduate Certificate

The Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) graduate certificate provides students with an opportunity to get both breadth and depth in energy and sustainability curriculum. Students will take classes in different colleges to get a broad perspective on energy sustainability. In addition to taking courses and attending a REIS seminar class, students will conduct a capstone project to obtain greater depth in an energy research area.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the graduate certificate in Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS), the students must fulfill the following six requirements:

  1. Have passed the two Mandatory General Core Courses listed below.
  2. Have passed at least one course in Technological Specialization Courses.
  3. Fifteen units are required for the certificate in approved 600 and 400 level courses with at least nine units at the 600 level. For each course student should get at least a C- in that course (a Graduate Division requirement) and students should have an overall grade point average of a B in the fifteen units of approved 600 and 400 level courses.
  4. Have conducted a capstone research project in the area of energy and / or sustainability under the supervision of a REIS faculty member (this faculty member should be different than student's primary thesis or dissertation advisor). The research project will result in a research paper in the area of energy or sustainability that will constitute the culminating experience for the REIS certificate. The quality of the paper should be similar to a refereed conference or journal paper or a chapter of a thesis dissertation. Note that this work is in addition to thesis / project requirements for an MS or PhD degree.
  5. Have completed at least one short course or workshop in advanced topics in renewable energy or sustainability, or attended a professional conference in renewable energy or sustainability.
  6. Have passed one REIS seminar course. Note that the seminar course will expose students to different areas in renewable energy and island sustainability. The seminar course will provide students with more broad level knowledge and awareness of energy and sustainability research and education areas. This will be a one unit course that is cross-listed with a syllabus for the course shown in Appendix C.

Mandatory General Core Courses

  • ECON 636: Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
  • ME 610: Renewable Energy and Sustainability Engineering

These two core graduate courses are intended for a broad audience of graduate students with prerequisites of math and science that are usually obtained by undergraduate students by their sophomore year or consent of instructor.

Course descriptions of ME 610 and ECON 636.

Technological Specialization Courses

The following are examples of elective 400/600 level courses that will be approved on a course-by-course basis by the REIS curriculum committee based on course syllabus and content in energy and sustainability topics. Note that, while most of the current courses are in Engineering, we anticipate that more courses in non-Engineering areas will be approved to met the needs of students from different backgrounds as they enter the program. We anticipate more courses from the Colleges of Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Architecture, Law, Business, CTAHR, and SOEST. The intent of the REIS graduate certificate is to recruit, retain, and graduate a broad spectrum of students in a variety of disciplines interested energy and sustainability fields. Some of the courses can be substituted for Mandatory General Core Courses upon Director's approval.

  • ARCH 525: Architecture Systems IV: Sustainability
  • BE 410: Biomass Conversion to Biofuels and Bioenergy
  • ECON 637: Resource Economics
  • ECON 638: Environmental Resource Economics
  • EE435:¬†Electric Power Systems
  • EE491I: Renewable Energy
  • EE491K: Power Systems
  • EE491K: Power Electronics
  • EE635:¬†Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Integration
  • EE 693D: Smart Grid Technology
  • EE 696: Renewable Energy Devices and Sensors
  • ICS 691: Smart Grid Software Engineering
  • ME 446: Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • ME 447: Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • ME 491/EE 491: Solar Energy Engineering and Technology
  • ME 626: Viscous Flows or CEE622: Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 646: Mechanics and Design of Composites
  • ME 647: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • ME 696: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Dynamics and Design
  • ME 696. Design of Wind Turbine and Wave Energy Converter
  • ME 696: Renewable Energy Material and Manufacturing Technology
  • ME 696: Working with Industries in Renewable Energy
  • ORE607: Water Wave Mechanics
  • ORE 609: Hydrodynamics of Fluid-Body Interactions
  • ORE 612: Dynamics of Ocean Structures.

REIS Seminar Course

Examples include EE/ME/CE 696 REIS Seminar and ECON 696 Workshop on Energy and Environmental Research.

REIS Affiliated Faculty

Name Unit Email Office Telephone
Olga Boric-Lubecke Electrical Engineering POST 205K (808) 956-9648
Maxine Burkett Law HIG 212 / Law 207C (808) 956-2865
Makena Coffman Urban and Regional Planning Saunders 107D (808) 956-2890
Yingfei Dong Electrical Engineering Holmes 442 (808) 956-3448
Matthias Fripp Electrical Engineering Currently working in the UK  
David Garmire REIS Program Post 201 (808) 956-7406
Mehrdad Ghasemi Nejhad Mechanical Engineering Holmes 301 (808) 956-7560
Reza Ghorbani Mechanical Engineering Holmes 201 (808) 956-2292
Philip Johnson Information and Computer Science POST 307A (808) 956-3489
Samir Khanal Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering Agricultural Science 415K (808) 956-3812
Denise Konan College of Social Sciences Hawaii Hall 310 (808) 956-6570
Anthony Kuh Electrical Engineering Holmes 484 (808) 956-4214/7527
Bor Yann Liaw Hawaii Natural Energy Institute   (808) 956-2339
Aaron Ohta Electrical Engineering POST 201F (808) 956-8196
Michael Roberts Economics Saunders 510 (808) 956-6310
Narayana Prasad Santhanam Electrical Engineering POST 205H (808) 956-9741
Weilin Qu Mechanical Engineering POST 207E (808) 956-6332
David Rockwood Architecture ARCH 301A (808) 956-8430
Nori Tarui Economics Saunders 518 (808) 956-8427
Michelle Teng Civil and Environmental Engineering Holmes 337 (808) 956-5060
Zachary Trimble Mechanical Engineering Holmes 304 (808) 956-7597
Scott Turn Hawaii Natural Energy Institute POST 111A (808) 956-2346

To Apply

Submit a Concurrent Graduate Certificate Program application form to the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). Be sure to carefully review OGE application requirements.

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To Apply

Submit a Concurrent Graduate Certificate Program application form to the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). Be sure to carefully review OGE application requirements.

Contact REIS Co-Directors