June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Given the importance of energy and electrical power generation world-wide and its impact on the environment, greater numbers of students are choosing to study energy science and engineering as a major. For example, Tokyo Tech established an integrated doctoral degree program, Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science (ACEEES), in 2012 with a 7 year grant awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). ACEEES' mission is to educate next generation doctoral students to develop their leadership qualities as well technical knowledge in energy and environmental science through coursework, interdisciplinary projects, overseas internships, business plan development, mentorship, international workshop (forum) and undertake research with international-industry-government oversight. The program supports integrated master's and doctoral students’ education with quality assurance measures and also provides students a stipend. Although ACEEES is an excellent program and has received JSPS highest program evaluation during a mid-term review, it is a very expensive educational program to operate and does not issue master degrees. To address these issues and as part of the Tokyo Tech educational reorganization that began in April 2016, a new interdisciplinary Energy Science and Engineering MS and Doctoral graduate major degree program called the “energy course” was created with approximately 100 faculty from 6 departments and approximately 100 students. To graduate from the master or doctoral energy course, students must complete both discipline and career oriented coursework, interim presentations, and prepare a research-based thesis. In this paper, both energy programs will be introduced, discussed and summarized based upon a best practices point of view from both faculty, staff and student view-points.
Cross, J. S., & Tanahashi, M., & Takeyama, M., & Hatano, M., & Yamada, A. (2017, June), Energy Science and Engineering Graduate Education at Tokyo Tech Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28225
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