Wisconsin Energy Institute

UW-Madison Academic Programs

Students who are interested in energy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have a number of formal programs to choose from. Below is a list of energy-related certificates, degrees, distance degrees and degree focus areas offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at UW-Madison.

Undergraduate Programs

The Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability (CEES) offers undergraduate students a suite of courses addressing energy sustainability that span across the engineering curriculum, with firm roots in “real world” design and engineering practices.​

Contact: Scott Williams

Research and Education Coordinator

(608) 890-2199


Website: http://www.energy.wisc.edu/education/energy-certificate

The objective of the Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems program is to provide students with an organized set of courses that will improve their capacity to analyze and design innovative thermal energy systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, energy conversion systems and their fuels, refrigeration, combustion, and solar energy. ​

Contact: Gregory F. Nellis

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

(608) 265-6626


Website: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/undergraduate-academics/certificate-in-engin...

Nuclear engineering involves the design of systems and processes in which nuclear physics and radiation plays an important role.​ The B.S. in Nuclear Engineering emphasizes the use of nuclear fission energy for electricity production. The undergraduate curriculum is comprehensive, covering nuclear physics, reactor physics, thermohydraulics, materials, and environmental issues.​​​

Contact: Douglass Henderson

Chair, Department of Engineering Physics

(608) 263-0808


Website: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/department/engineering-physics/academics/bs-nuclear-en...

The Energy, Minerals, and Mining track of the B.S. in Geological Engineering trains students in the sustainable and efficient extraction of traditional and renewable energies as well as mineral resources. Resources include fossil fuels, geothermal and wind energy, metals, and minerals.​​​

Contact: William J. Likos

Chair, Department of Geological Engineering

(608) 890-2662


Website: http://gle.wisc.edu/undergraduate/

Electrical engineers design and develop anything and everything that uses electricity. Undergraduate electrical engineering students with particular interest in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage may decide to pursue one of the following focus areas within the EE curricul​​um:​

  • ​​Electric Machines and Power Electronics
  • Plasmas and Controlled Fusion
  • Power Systems​​​​​

Contact: Stacy Harnett

Undergraduate Student Advisor

(608) 890-4594


Website: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/department/electrical-computer-engineering/academics/b...

Graduate Programs

Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is an optional graduate-level certificate or Ph.D. minor that gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, and key energy fields. EAP's interdisciplinary curriculum considers technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. 

Contact: Richard Shaten

Program Coordinator

(608) 265-0521


Website: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/energy-analysis-policy/index.php

The Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) program is designed to prepare working professionials to understand and drive change within their organizations as it relates to complex systems and their impact on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics, and society. As a graduate of SSE, you will not only gain an understanding of sustainable principles, but you will have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Energy Production and Distribution
  • Facilities and Built Environment
  • Infrastructure

Contact: Lee DeBaillie

Program Director, Sustainable Systems Engineering

(608) 262-2329


Website: http://sse.engr.wisc.edu/

The Master of Engineering in Engine Systems is a unique online program designed specifically for the internal combustion engine industry. Students will:

  • Develop broad-based technical expertise and skills for leading engine development projects
  • Integrate knowledge from thermal sciences, design and mechanics, electronics and control, applications and service, and manufacturing
  • Learn with faculty from UW's renowned Engine Research Center and Powertrain Control Research Laboratory, industry leaders and experienced colleagues​

Contact: Sandra Anderson

Program Director, Engine Systems

(608) 890-2026


Website: http://mees.engr.wisc.edu/

The MSEE distance degree prepares students around the world to advance their careers in the growing field of power electronics. Taught by distinguished faculty from the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium, students will advance their engineering skills and learn the most recent technological developments in: 

  • Power electronics
  • Electric machines
  • Power systems​​

Contact: Wayne P. Pferdehirt

Online Degree Director

(608) 265-2361


Website: https://epd.wisc.edu/online-degree/electrical-engineering-power-engineering/

Graduate students in Nuclear Engineering may focus their studies on nuclear fission energy for electricity production or fusion science and technology. In the area of fission reactors, UW-Madison has strong programs in reactor safety, thermohydraulics, nuclear materials, neutronics, and the nuclear fuel cycle. In the area of fusion science and technology, UW-Madison has world-class programs in computational, theoretical and experimental plasma physics; imploding fusion targets​; and fusion technology.

Contact: Douglass Henderson

Chair, Department of Engineering Physics

(608) 263-0808


Website: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/ep/ep-research-priorities-nuclear-engineering.html

Electrical engineers design and develop anything and everything that uses electricity. Graduate electrical engineering students with particular interest in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage may decide to pursue one of the following focus areas within the EE curricul​​um:​​

  • ​​Energy and Power Systems​​
  • Plasmas and Controlled Fusion​

Contact: Michael Radloff

Graduate Student Advisor

(608) 890-2756


Website: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/ece/ece-academics-graduate-program.html

This 10- month Master's program provides training in the economics, analytical methods and quantitative tools needed to design, manage, and evaluate programs to conserve energy, water and other natural resourcesExplosive growth in smart technologies – thermostats, utility meters – is generating “big data” to measure which conservation initiatives work. Utilities, businesses promoting renewables and conservation, consulting firms, and regulators all need analysts with specialized training to fill this emerging job marketStudents acquire a unique skill set tailored to meet the needs of energy and resource managers working to promote efficiency and conservation around the world.  REDA is the only training program of its kind, anywhere.

Contact: Bethany Glinsmann

REDA Program Coordinator

(608) 890-1079


Website: http://reda.aae.wisc.edu/