Renewable Energy Engineering

One of only a few true Renewable Energy Engineering programs of its kind

Become an expert in an industry that's changing the way society uses energy with our Renewable Energy Engineering major. One of only a few true renewable energy programs seated in a strong engineering foundation, this program gives you the tools, technology, and know-how you need following graduation to enter the growing renewable energy job market with countless opportunities.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Renewable Energy Engineering (BS)


Renewable Energy Engineering

Why Study Renewable Energy Engineering at AU?

Exclusive Program

One of only a few true engineering degrees that specializes in renewable energy engineering.

Modern Facilities

New laboratory facilities for designing and testing renewable energy technologies.

Showcase Talents

A senior-design project that showcases your creative talents for solving real-world engineering problems.

What Do Renewable Energy Engineers Do?

Renewable energy engineers are energy engineers that specialize in renewable and alternative energy technologies. Renewable energy engineers develop renewable energy systems, make improvements on energy efficiency, and apply science and engineering with an economic sense to create a more sustainable future for our planet. As examples, renewable energy engineers may work on electrical systems, advanced controls, green buildings, energy-efficient lighting, fuel cells and batteries, wind turbines, and solar power systems.

What Will You Study?

In your first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering, Computer-aided Design, Computer-aided Engineering, and the Renewable Energy Engineering Explorations Lab as well as foundation courses in math, chemistry and physics. Hands-on practical experiences continue throughout the program as you learn more about mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and business as they relate to the generation, delivery and consumption of energy from renewable sources. As a senior, you will undertake a year-long senior design project, learning how to function as an effective group member within a realistic, job-like environment.

What Will You Do After Graduation?

Graduates of our program can look forward to working in energy industries specializing in renewable systems. You might work in industry as a professional trained in government regulation, or become a regulator yourself. You might assist corporations in improving transmission and grid integration, power markets, utility operation and planning methods, and product management. Above all, you will be able to communicate results to a broad audience including industrial, governmental and public sectors.

  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 Technical Communication
  • ENGR 11x Exploration Labs (select 2, 1 credit each)
  • ENGR 220 Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 306 Engineering Economics
  • ENGR 395 Engineering Design
  • ENGR 490 Senior Capstone Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 253 Calculus III
  • MATH 271 Differential Equations
  • MECH 212 Dynamics
  • MECH 320 Thermodynamics I
  • MECH 324 Fluid Mechanics I
  • MECH 326 Heat Transfer
  • MECH 354 Mechatronics
  • MECH 422 Control Systems
  • MECH 435 Industrial Controls
  • PHYS 125 Physics I
  • PHYS 126 Physics II
  • RNEW 201 Intro to Renewable Energy
  • RNEW 255 Power Systems and Economics
  • RNEW 303 Software Engineering
  • RNEW 310 Fuel Cell Principles and Techniques
  • RNEW 320 Circuit Theory II
  • RNEW 322 Signals and Systems
  • RNEW 431 Wind Energy Systems
  • RNEW 432 Solar Energy Systems
  • RNEW 468 Electric Machinery
  • Technical Elective
  • Humanities, Social Science and Arts electives

For more information, please review the School of Engineering Curriculum by Semester Worksheets by degree program.

The BS degree program in Renewable Energy Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The minor in renewable energy engineering is ideal for students majoring in science and engineering who want to learn more about renewable energy.

Core Courses

  • RNEW 201 Sources of Renewable Energy
  • MECH 324 Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH 326 Heat Transfer

Elective Courses (Choose two from the following list)

  • CEMS 352 Electroceramics
  • RNEW 310 Fuel Cells Principles and Techniques
  • RNEW 431 Wind Energy
  • RNEW 432 Solar Energy Systems

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

Undergraduate Full‐Time Enrollment (from Fall Census)
Major 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 33 34 41 31 32 30 31
Ceramic Engineering 68 63 72 63 57 49 45
Electrical Engineering N/A N/A 0 4 10 12 24
Glass Engineering Science 15 15 13 9 15 15 15
Materials Science and Engineering 48 48 50 46 44 42 44
Mechanical Engineering 182 185 165 160 137 121 100
Renewable Energy Engineering 30 44 42 35 15 N/A N/A
Undecided 26 37 35 44 39 48 32
Non‐degree 4 4 12 9 6 4 3
BS Graduates (August through May)
Major 2016-17 2015‐16 2014-15 2013‐14 2012‐13 2011‐12 2010‐11 2009‐10
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 7 7 3 8 7 6 5 5
Ceramic Engineering 19 15 12 14 17 8 11 11
Electrical Engineering 0 1 6 5 4 8 9 11
Glass Engineering Science 4 2 0 6 2 4 7 5
Materials Science and Engineering 10 13 5 7 12 11 11 9
Mechanical Engineering 37 23 29 24 18 25 25 17
Renewable Energy Engineering 12 3 3 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

Life After Graduation


Renewable Energy Engineering 4+1 MBA

" I love the freedom and free-spirited nature of AU, the friendly atmosphere and the culture this university has created. "

Matthew Finley, 2018

Find out more about Matthew

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:

  • Engineer - NYISO
  • Technical Product Manager for Power Film - AVX Corp.
  • Solar Technician - SunBug Solar
  • Glass Engineer - Owens Illinois
  • Process Engineer - Galpau@AVX Corp.

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's renewable energy engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, graduates can attain:

  1. Advancement within a multidisciplinary career within the context of renewable energy in industry, or advancement in postgraduate studies, or in a related field.
  2. An ability to actively engage in teams that solve problems with independent thinking with a drive towards excellence in their job/study performance.
  3. Adopt the engineering method with their lifelong learning skills with understanding of complex social issues where renewable systems will play a key role.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Renewable Energy Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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