Courses Offered Fall 2017

CHEME 6660 Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems –
MWF 9:05-9:55am, TR 8:40-9:55am (Tuesday, August 22-Tuesday, September 26), 255 Olin Hall
Lead instructor: Jeff Tester (jwt54@cornell.edu)
Quantitative methods of engineering and life cycle analysis for energy choices in a contemporary sustainability context. Fundamental principles of thermodynamics, transport, and reaction kinetics applied to representative energy supply and end use technologies. Topics include analysis methods for resource assessment, energy extraction/capture, conversion, distribution, storage, and consumption; environmental and economic consequences; from local to global scales. [2 credits (problem sets and prelims), or 3 credit adds a term project]
 
CHEME 6663 Geothermal Energy –
MWF 9:05-9:55am (Friday, September 29-Wednesday, November 1),
255 Olin Hall
Lead instructor: Jeff Tester (jwt54@cornell.edu)
This module focuses on how geothermal resources are utilized to produce sustainable earth heat. A quantitative framework will be emphasized to develop your understanding of how geothermal energy is recovered and utilized in ground-source heat pumps, district heating and cooling systems, and power cycles for electricity generation. Topics include: resource assessment; exploration; drilling; reservoir design, characterization, and stimulation; performance modeling; and environmental impacts and economics. (1 credit)
 
CHEME 6676 Energy Markets and Regulation –
TR 8:40-9:55am (Thursday, September 28-Tuesday, November 2),
255 Olin Hall
Lead instructor: Michal Moore (mcm337@cornell.edu)
Energy regulation, public interest, and the challenge of the social license are the main topics of this offering. This course will review the nature of energy regulation using the lens of government policy oversight, legal responsibilities, investment incentives, and the role of the public regulatory process in ensuring reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible infrastructure development matched to technological innovation within North America. (1 credit)
 
CHEME 6670 Fossil Energy –
MWF 9:05-9:55am, TR 8:40-9:55am (Monday, November 6-Thursday, November 16), 255 Olin Hall
Lead instructor: Michael Weill with Jeff Tester (jwt54@cornell.edu)
This module will present an overview of fossil fuels in the overall energy supply. Particular emphasis will be on the exploration and production sector of oil and gas. Oil and gas after transportation and refining is a major contributor to the transportation, industrial, and residential sectors of the economy. The module will highlight where oil and gas fit in the energy picture and then take the student through the overall life cycle of E&P with particular emphasis on the risk and economic components involved, in addition to some technical components. Although coal is a fossil fuel and significant contributor to US electrical supply it will not be covered in detail. (1 credit)
 
CHEME 6640 Energy Economics
MW 2:55-4:10pm (all semester), 206 Upson Hall
Lead instructor:  Muqtadar Quraishi (maq22@cornell.edu)
Supply and demand for energy by sectors and regions. Operating systems and costs. Economic drivers used in simulating energy systems and consumption factors. Supply/demand projections. Interplay between energy, environment, politics, economics, and sustainability. (3 credits)
 
CHEME 5870/ECE 5870/MAE 5459 Energy Seminar I
R 12:20-1:10pm (all semester), B11 Kimball Hall
Lead instructor: Jeff Tester and David Hammer
Energy resources, their conversion to electricity or mechanical work, and the environmental consequences of the energy cycle are discussed by faculty members from a number of different departments and colleges in the university, and by outside experts. Topics include energy resources and economics; coal-based electricity generation; nuclear reactors; solar power; geothermal energy; wind energy; fossil energy; energy conservation by users; energy storage; solid-state lighting; biomass-based energy; the built environment; and pollution control. (1 credit)
 
CHEME 4880/ANSC 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) Nexus
MWF 9:05-9:55am (all semester), M01 Stocking Hall
Lead instructor: Xingen Lei (xl20@cornell.edu)
The course is created by faculty of four Departments at Cornell, in collaboration with three leading Universities in China and India. Students from Cornell, China, and India will attend the same class to learn important issues related to the food, energy, and water nexus and its implications for nutrition security, one health, the environmental sustainability, and economic development in their three countries. Challenges and strategies to address those issues will be evaluated. Engagement of these countries with each other and the rest of the world will be explored. The course will serve as a platform for students of different regions and backgrounds to study together, interact with each other, and to share their thinking, creativity, and perspectives on these issues. The course is funded by a Cornell grant for Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum (ICC). (3 credits)