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University of Washington

Friday, July 20, 2012

Learn about alternative energy graduate programs, research, outreach and "fun stuff" at these great schools


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University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Mission:  Worldwide economic, environmental, and social development is linked to energy production, distribution, and use. Energy researchers at the University of Washington are laying the groundwork for positive change through scientific discovery, technological innovation, and the creation of societal frameworks that help communities adapt to change.

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The University of Washington offers a variety of graduate, certificate, and fellowship programs for individuals interested in renewable energy. 

MS in Materials Science and Engineering

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advanced Materials for Energy Fellowships

Certificate in Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

UW also offers energy courses through other departments. Here is a small sampling of what they have going on:

Geospatial Analysis for Bioenergy feasibility assessment

Energy and Climate Policy

Sustainable Energy Harvesting & Storage Materials & Systems

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Faculty across the UW campus are involved in researching alternative energy options, especially those viable in the Pacific Northwest.

Research Highlights:


Solar Power (It may come as a surprise to those familiar with the often-cloudy Seattle weather, but UW is conducting a lot of research in this field. Learn more about it with this cool video)

Tidal Energy

Fuel Cells

Check out more energy research here.

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University of Washington’s large campus supports a number of student organizations and small grant opportunities related to renewable energy. 

UW Solar Spectrum Projects

Material Advantage

Biodiesel Cooperative

Husky Fest – Solar Car Races

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Compact Fluorescent Lighting Exchange Project

For more student organizations, visit this directory.


Our Favorite Find:  Advanced Materials for Energy Institute

A collaboration between the UW Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, and the Institute for Molecular Engineering and Sciences, the Advanced Materials for Energy Institute is devoted to interdisciplinary research into sustainable and scalable energy solutions. They don’t offer their own graduate programs, but they do provide a place for students and faculty from all over the university to apply their knowledge to renewable energy. To find out more, visit the institute’s website.


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