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Preparing Leaders

Our graduates are equipped to accept the challenging mission of achieving sustainability for the global, social, economic and environmental systems that meet both present and future needs. Our Master of Science in Sustainable Energy is a science-based and technology management focused program that empowers and enables students to develop advanced knowledge and skills. Graduates will become the leaders and managers in the energy industry.


Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Our students gain an understanding of the sciences and technologies related to energy production, conversion, utilization and conservation. They understand the economic, environmental and policy impact of a sustainable energy practice. This interdisciplinary degree is science based and technology management focused. Contributing EIU departments/schools include Biological Science, Communications Studies, Economics, English, Geology/Geography, Physics, Political Science, and the schools of Business and Technology.



Actively Engaged Research


Students are enrolled in CERE 5953 Sustainable Energy Research on the first semester in the program. They will continue working at their energy-related research under the guidance of a faculty until the end of the program. During the process, students are expected to either publish or produce a research paper deemed publishable in the related discipline. At the end of the program, students are also expected to successfully present their findings to a committee of three graduate faculty.

Patrick Lyons: Working to Develop Alternative Fuels


Gasifier Experimenter's Kit: An Interview with Jerry Cloward, Ph.D.


Growing Renewable Resources

Planting trees for the renewable energy center.

Biology department looks to produce biomass to fuel EIU's Renewable Energy Center. Read more... 


Practicum Experience


Graduate Student Robert Raschke discusses how hands-on experiences at EIU have helped prepare him for the future.


As a living laboratory, the Renewable Energy Center as well as the Office of Sustainability on campus provide graduate students with a realistic working experience. By enrolling in CERE 5983 Sustainability Practicum, students will job shadow with various operations related to energy production, conversion and conservation. At the conclusion of the practicum, students are expected to document flow of materials, energy, information and people of those operations.



Renewable Energy Center

The Renewable Energy Center (REC) at EIU is of the largest university biomass installations in the country. The REC is a 19,000-square-foot steam plant that will provide heat for buildings and classrooms across the university grounds. It is driven by two large biomass gasifiers - the first application of this technology in Illinois and the surrounding region - that use wood chips from forest residue for fuel.

The REC exemplifies the institution’s leadership and commitment to a sustainable energy practice. The new energy center will afford students the first-hand opportunity to learn how renewable energy is utilized to support the needs of a campus or community. By switching to a renewable energy source, EIU will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 20,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to removing more than 3,600 cars from the road, according to figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The REC's dedicated classrooms and advanced technology help the university develop the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) to provide students and faculty extensive opportunities for clean-energy research. 

Clean Power for EIU



Photos from the Energy Center

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