From Energy/Future 2030, Yale Climate & Energy Institute Fifth Annual Conference, organized by Yale Energy Scholars
ANNOUNCEMENTS — SPRING TERM 2017
Twenty students from the Yale Class of 2017 completed the requirements of the Energy Studies program during the spring term and received certificates from Yale College during the diploma ceremonies at the residential colleges. The students and their capstone projects are listed below:
- Jacob (Jack) Berney, Humanities (Silliman): The Bridge Fuel: Analysis of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and its contribution to an entangled social reality in rural Pennsylvania
- Sarah Brandt, Environmental Studies (Calhoun): Beyond the Bill: Broad Behavior Change in Yale’s Carbon Charge Project
- Derek Brown, Environmental Engineering; Geology & Geophysics (Timothy Dwight): Hydraulic Fracturing and its Impact on Renewable Energy Development
- Annie Bui, Geology & Geophysics (Berkeley): Carbon Capture and Storage at Yale
- Eric Esposito, Environmental Studies; Economics (Trumbull): Gridlocked: Institutional Barriers and the Quest to Modernize the US Electrical Grid
- Kevin Fung, Economics (Timothy Dwight): The Impact of OPEC Policy on Volatility in Emerging Markets
- Peter Gerson, Economics (Silliman): Microgrids as a Service for Rural Alaska
- Ian Hall, Economics (Berkeley): The importance of Debt Capital Markets in Climate Change Initiatives
- Jordan Lee, Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Jonathan Edwards): Oil and State-Building in Iraq: How Oil Interests Affected the Development of Iraq’s Post-Saddam Political System
- Sherry Li, Economics (Trumbull): Policy Incentives for the Future of Residential Solar in the U.S.
- Lilliane (Lilybet) Macrae, Economics (Davenport): China’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Solution
- Alizeh Maqbool, Physics (Berkeley): Transforming Towards Carbon Neutrality: A Focus on Pakistan’s Energy Industry
- Torren Pebbles, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Geology & Geophysics (Trumbull): Development of Hubbert’s Peak Oil Theory and Analysis of its Continued Validity for U.S. Crude Oil Production
- Daniel Raynor, Environmental Engineering (Berkeley): Quantifying Contributions of Snow-fed Rivers to Water Resources of Large Cities in the Western U.S.
- Janis Risbergs, Economics (Trumbull): Battery Storage: Applications and Growth Trends
- Nicholas Sehlinger, Chemical Engineering (Trumbull): Conversion of Stranded Gas to Dimethyl Ether
- Salaar Ahmed Shaikh, Ecomomics & Mathematics (Calhoun): Rapid Breezes and Piercing Sunshine: A Roadmap for Morocco’s Renewable Energy Ambitions, 2016-2020
- Adam Sokol, Environmental Engineering; Geology & Natural Resources (Saybrook): Aerosols, Ice Supersaturation, and Cirrus Clouds in the Southern Hemisphere Comparison of Aircraft Observations with Two Global Climate Models
- Mitchell Weldon, Environmental Engineering (Saybrook): Investigation of the Microclimate Effects of a Heat-Rejecting Green Wall System
- Julia Zhuang, Chemical Engineering (Davenport): Approaches for Modeling and Valuing Grid-scale Battery Storage
Congratulations to the 2017 Class of Energy Studies Scholars and to their families!
The Energy Studies Undergraduate Scholars program was started in the Fall of 2013 by Yale Climate & Energy Institute and, after the closing of the institute in June of 2016, continued as a multidisciplinary academic program in Yale College. A brief description of the background and content of the program is given below (under ENERGY STUDIES). The following links contain information about the academic requirements for the program and instructions for applying, along with the 2016-17 program brochure and slides presented at the Fall 2016 Energy Studies information session.
Spring Term 2017 Office Hours [NEW]: Tu 2 to 4pm and Th 10am to noon in KGL 308
For appointments or questions, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: ENERGY STUDIES
Energy Studies is a multidisciplinary academic program (MAP) in Yale College. The curriculum is designed to provide selected undergraduates with the knowledge and skills needed for advanced studies, leadership, and success in energy-related fields.
Developing better ways of generating, distributing, storing and using energy is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Energy should be convenient, accessible and affordable for all, in ways that are less harmful to health and the environment than today’s energy systems based largely on the combustion of fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency, about 1.2 billion people around the world remain without electricity, and 2.7 billion put their health at risk by the traditional use of solid biomass for cooking. Moreover, carbon-dioxide emissions from the world’s energy systems remain by far the leading contributor to man-made climate change. Multidisciplinary study of these and other issues of the past, present, and possible futures of world energy forms the content of Energy Studies.
In addition to their participation in the program, Energy Studies Scholars must complete the requirements of a Yale College major. Yale College does not offer a major in energy studies.
Admission to the Energy Studies program is by application, normally in the sophomore year. See the Instructions for Applicants link at the top. For the 2017-18 academic year, the application process will be run in the fall, in coordination with the other multidisciplinary academic programs. Information about the enrollment process will be announced by the Yale College Dean’s Office. Accepted students are assigned a mentor from one of the departments associated with Energy Studies. Upon successful completion of the requirements, students receive a document at graduation, acknowledging their completion of the Energy Studies program; this becomes part of a student’s academic record at Yale and is recorded by the Registrar’s Office. Graduates of the program are invited to join the Yale Alumni in Energy organization.
Undergraduate scholars in Energy Studies are expected to complete one course in each of the three tracks defining the multidisciplinary curriculum, plus three electives from a list of eligible courses (see the link Courses and Capstone Projects at the top of this page). Of these six courses, three must be outside the department of the student’s major. For double majors, this requirement is modified as follows: three courses from each of the student’s two majors can be used to satisfy program requirements, provided that the courses meet the distributional requirements across the three areas (tracks) of Energy Studies.
Courses must normally be taken for a full letter grade to qualify for meeting the program’s requirements.
The capstone of the program is a senior project, which may take the form of a traditional senior essay (with permission, the student’s senior essay in the major may fulfill this requirement); a group project culminating in a substantial report; or a summer job or internship in an energy-related field with a written report. Jobs and internships are coordinated through the Energy Studies director of undergraduate studies, the student’s Energy Studies mentor and the Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience.
Energy Studies courses are organized into three areas or tracks:
(I) Energy Science and Technology,
(II) Energy and the Environment, and
(III) Energy and Society: Economic, Political and Social Issues.
Students normally complete electives in at least two of the three areas.