Stanford Offers New Online Energy Engineering and Technologies Certificate

Stanford University Graduate Certificate in Energy Engineering and Technologies

The changing dynamics of global energy will propel the need for workforce expertise in modern energy and production strategies. Demand in emerging markets, and issues around climate change and the environment, have created complex industries where the potential for engineers to sharpen their technical skills is manifold. As a global citizen and leader in science and technology, Stanford has created a new program that aims to help these professionals gain competitive advantage with online education they can apply immediately in their work.

The Energy Engineering and Technologies Graduate Certificate provides access to the world-class research of Stanford’s chemical engineering faculty and exposure to the latest technologies driving new and sustainable energy sources. Thomas Jaramillo, assistant professor of chemical engineering and recipient of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), highlights the curriculum’s future-focused approach: “New energy technologies are having a major impact on society and industry. This program brings professionals up to speed with state-of-the-art technical advancements in the energy sector, along with the science and engineering foundations needed to develop the next generation of technologies.”

Offered entirely online, lectures, course materials and exams can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The program brings all the advantages of earning a Stanford credential to qualifying students who may never set foot on the Silicon Valley campus, either because of location or schedule. Jaramillo says, “It’s a way for us to help organizations within the energy landscape educate their engineers. The solution to the world’s energy problem has to come from many sources, not just one. We want to provide a level of flexibility and convenience so that engineers can address the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities ahead.”

Online energy courses in the Energy Engineering and Technologies Graduate Certificate cover:

  • green energy
  • photovoltaic engineering
  • energy systems
  • energy generation, storage and consumption
  • electrochemical energy conversion
  • clean energy specialties

Acceptance into the program is ongoing and participants may apply through the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Details about the online certificate can be found at

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