Master of Science in Engineering, Major in Renewable and Clean Energy

photo of a student working in a labThe Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree with a major in Renewable and Clean Energy. This increasingly critical field of engineering focuses on alternative energy technologies that hold promise of becoming a substantial source of energy for the United States. The Renewable and Clean Energy program includes courses on many types of alternative energy systems, in addition to courses on fundamental concepts related to energy. Included in this program are courses on fuel cells, solar energy, wind power, hydrogen fuel, energy conversion ,energy materials, energy efficiency, thermodynamics, etc. The intent of this program is to train the next generation of renewable and clean energy engineers and to develop research in the area of renewable and clean energies.

Facilities, Research, and Collaboration

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories and computer systems, interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers. Students will have access to laboratories not only at Wright State University, but also facilites located at other DAGSI institutes. The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI) provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. In addition, several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities available for faculty and graduate research. Research in renewable and clean energy is a new and upcoming field at Wright State University. There has been research done in fuel cells, geothermal energy, solar energy, wind power, batteries, super capacitors, and hydrogen storage. Research topics change as resources and interests change.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application. While graduate research contracts are processed through the department, students are responsible for initiating the process by contacting a faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty contact information is available on this site's directory, and faculty research areas are listed below:



    To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. in Renewable and Clean Energy program, students must first satisfy basic admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. For regular degree status, this includes having a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. View additional information on graduate admissions in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual.

    Acceptable undergraduate degrees include any four-year engineering degree and many science and math degrees that require at least three semesters of calculus and a differential equations course.  Students who did not complete the following prerequisite courses in their undergraduate program may be permitted to take them after admission to the Renewable and Clean Energy program:

    • Thermodynamics I  (at Wright State this would be ME 3310/5310)
    • Thermodynamics II (at Wright State this would be ME 3320/5320 or ME 3750/5750)
    • Fluid Dynamics (at Wright State this would be ME 3350/5350)
    • Heat Transfer (at Wright State this would be ME 3360/5360)
    • Materials Science (at Wright State this would be ME 2700)

    The Renewable and Clean Energy graduate program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Please visit http://www.abet.orgfor additional information on accreditation. International students must also have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT). These scores should be sent to the Wright State International Gateway office (244 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435).

    While the criteria listed above offer general guidelines, program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable. Personal statements and letters of recommendation are not required, but applicants are welcome to include them. Application tracking is done through the Graduate School's website, rather than at the department level. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements listed above, you must apply for the program before your credentials can be reviewed, i.e. the department cannot advise prospective students on whether to apply.

    How to Apply

    Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

    Degree Requirements

    Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor and the department chair. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 9 semester hours of graduate study.

    The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering in Renewable and Clean Energy degree:

    1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor
    2. At least 21 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer science courses. At least 15 of these must be engineering courses.
    3. At least 15 of the 30 graduate credit hours of engineering and computer engineering must be courses numbered above 7000.
    4. At least 3 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be a mathematics course
    5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced coursework option. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
      • Thesis option: A thesis satisfying all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Nine (9) credit hours of ME 7950 - Master's Thesis are required and will count toward the degree requirement of the 30 total graduate credit hours
      • Non-Thesis (course) option: Students must complete an additional nine (9) credit hours of courses. Three (3) of these nine (9) credit hours have to be ME 7990 - Independent Study.

    Department Core and Electives

    1. Core Courses
      • Must take one (1) of the following Advanced Thermodynamics courses (3 credit hours):
        • ME 7500 - Advanced Thermodynamics (Wright State University)
        • RCL 511 - Advanced Thermodynamics (University of Dayton)
        • CME 515 - Statistical Thermodynamics (University of Dayton)
        • PHYS 635 - Thermal Physics (Air Force Institute of Technology)
    2. Renewable and Clean Energy Courses
      • Must take three (3) of the following courses in the Renewable and Clean Energy area (9 credit hours):
        • ME 6240 - Vehicle Engineering (Wright State University)
        • ME 6520 - Hydropower (Wright State University/Central State University)
        • ME 6530 - Energy Conversion (Wright State University)
        • ME 6540 - Solar Thermal Engineering (Wright State University)
        • ME 6550 - Geothermal Energy (Wright State University)
        • ME 6570 - Energy Materials (Wright State University)
        • ME 6580 - Fuel Cell Science and Technology (Wright State University)
        • ME 6590 - Advances in Clean Coal Technology (Wright State University/Central State University)
        • ME 7520 - Hydrogen Energy (Wright State University)
        • ME 7550 - Photovoltaics (Wright State University)
        • MEE 573 - Renewable Energy Systems (University of Dayton)
        • MEE 590 - Wind Energy Engineering (University of Dayton)
        • MEE 590 - Geothermal Energy (University of Dayton)
        • MEE/CME 579 - Materials for Advanced Energy Application (University of Dayton)
        • MEE/RCL 524 - Electrochemical Power (University of Dayton)
        • MEE/RCL 533 - Biofuels (University of Dayton)
        • NENG 620 - Nuclear Reactor Theory and Engineering (Air Force Institute of Technology)
        • RCL 569 - Energy Efficient Buildings (University of Dayton)
        • RCL 571 - Design of Thermal Systems  (University of Dayton)
        • RCL 572 - Design for Environment  (University of Dayton)
        • RCL 578 - Energy Efficient Manufacturing  (University of Dayton)
        • RCL 590 - Building Energy Informatics  (University of Dayton)
        • RCL 590 - Electrical Utility Management  (University of Dayton)
    3. MTH 6050 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    4. Elective Courses
      • Two (2) elective courses at the graduate level. Electives can be taken in the Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Geology, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Statistics disciplines. Additional Renewable and Clean Energy courses may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement also (6 credit hours)
    5. Thesis or Non-Thesis Option
      • Thesis: ME 7950 - Master's Thesis (9 credit hours) OR
      • Non-Thesis: ME 7990 - Independent Study (3 credit hours) + Two (2) additional 7000 level courses (6 credit hours)