More rapid development of solar energy is stymied by a host of technical and nontechnical issues, including the high (but declining) purchase costs of solar energy systems, the relatively low efficiencies of such systems, regulatory hurdles that impede development, uncoordinated governmental policies, and so forth. Overcoming such obstacles demands a new kind of STEM workforceone skilled in technical subjects at the heart of solar energy technologies, but also well versed in the socio-economic (e.g., social, economic, behavioral, policy) and commercial aspects of solar energy. Arizona State University (ASU), located geographically in the heart of the most abundant solar resource in the US, is well positioned to address these needs through the development of a new Professional Science Masters Degree in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization. This rigorous 30-credit-hour degree program is designed for full-time students to complete in 12 months, but will also be provided to online and to part-time students. Our incoming students, who will already have a BS degree in a STEM field, will be required to take a number of both technical and nontechnical courses, from an approved list. Special features of this program include a course on Solar Energy & Public Policy that involves a oneweek trip to Washington DC for students to interact with federal policymakers, strong interactions with the solar energy industry through an Industrial Advisory Board and possible internships, and a summer research project performed in collaboration with our solar energy partners and jointly supervised by two faculty members, and one non-university representative from the solar energy industry, a government institution, or a nonprofit organization involved with solar energy.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/10 → 9/30/13|