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University of Waterloo launches green energy diploma

Canada's largest engineering school is launching the country's first graduate diploma in green energy studies.


Canada’s largest engineering school is launching the country’s first graduate diploma in green energy studies.

The University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering’ Green Energy Graduate Diploma is an online program intended to provide professional development for working engineers.

The program will cover green energy systems such as bioenergy, fuel cells, air pollution and greenhouse gas management, solar and wind energy, as well as building energy performance.

Private sector partners, utilities, government and the non-profit sector, collaborated in developing the program in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. They drew on the expertise of 90 researchers to compile the program.

Instruction will be remote through Live-Link, an interactive “immersive” environment that uses smart boards and multi-point interactive video conferencing.

Professor Jan Huissoon, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo, says, “This diploma provides working engineers with the skills and knowledge to transform our energy future. The energy issues facing our society are pressing, and the Green Energy Graduate Diploma equips industry leaders with the necessary background to tackle these issues in cost-effective ways.”

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2014. Students must have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area of study. Contact greendiploma@uwaterloo.ca.