Ohio’s first master’s
program in renewable energy to meet
need for qualified workers
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor
Eric D. Fingerhut has approved the
state’s first master’s program in
clean and renewable energy.
The University of Dayton (UD), Wright
State University, Central State University
and the Air Force Institute of Technology
will collaborate to start the two-year
program. Students can enroll in the
program on a full-time or part-time
basis starting January 2009.
“This is another example of the world-class
collaborations in the Miami Valley
that will move Ohio’s economy forward,”
Fingerhut said. “Students will graduate
from this master’s program with the
leadership, management, research
and technical skills needed to help
grow one of the most critical industries
of the 21st century – clean and renewable
energy and advanced energy systems.
The program has the potential to
be a regional academic center of
excellence where new ideas are incubated,
developed, tested and refined.”
Besides developing more engineers,
the partners say the program is designed
to help address the need for stable,
clean and economical energy sources.
The program also is in line with
the state of Ohio’s interest in research
within Ohio’s Third Frontier Project
and the University Clean Energy Alliance
of Ohio. Furthermore, organizers
hope graduates will start new businesses
to create new Ohio jobs.
“It is important for Ohio companies
working in fuel cells and other energy
sources to have access to a qualified
workforce,” said Scott Swartz, chief
technology officer of NexTech Materials.
“Having these students trained in
Ohio makes it easier for these companies
to recruit the best possible workforce.”
The program will operate within the
University of Dayton’s mechanical
and aerospace engineering department
and Wright State University’s mechanical
and materials engineering department.
Students will receive a UD or a Wright
State degree, depending where they
The Air Force Institute of Technology
and Central State University also
will offer classes and instructors
but will not grant degrees.
Classes will focus on development
of energy-reducing design techniques,
renewable energy and manufacturing
systems, and better forms of solar
energy, fuel cells and biofuels.