Advanced Energy Systems

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Advanced Energy Systems (Non-Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Energy Systems

Program Description

The Advanced Energy Systems (AES) graduate program is an interdisciplinary engineering program designed in collaboration with researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The AES MS/PHD graduate program offers unique educational and research experiences that integrate the research strengths of both institutions to develop solutions to complex global energy challenges. Mines has a rich tradition of seeking responsible solutions to using earth resources (including minerals and water) from survey to extraction to use and re-use, and NREL pushes the state of the art in advanced energy technologies.

With a focus on emerging energy technologies, the program is designed to empower energy professionals and researchers to tackle a variety of compelling problems, including:

• Integrating a wide range of energy sources into a flexible grid as power 

• Implementing digitized and optimized energy control and management through artificial intelligence that maintains robust cybersecurity

• Addressing economic and policy barriers to deployment of new clean and high-efficiency technologies for energy conversion and storage.

All enrolled students will be part of a community of students, Mines faculty, and NREL technical staff who will foster professional development, cross-disciplinary thinking, and systems understanding of grand energy challenges. A unique aspect of the program, pertaining to the enrolled doctoral students are two, semester-long courses offered onsite at NREL to gain insight into technology research and quantitative analysis in advanced energy systems. The PhD courses will be integrated with professional development toward developing skills for energy research and technical leadership careers. Graduates of the AES program are uniquely positioned to enter the workforce in roles supporting advanced energy innovation and energy systems integration in government, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector.