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Careers: Power, Energy and Sustainability

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U-M Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M’s commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all.

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The planet is changing – and in some ways, not for the better. As we battle climate change, the world needs electrical and computer engineers to give us safe, alternative sources of power that can keep our environment clean, like solarwind, and geothermal.

ECE is power – electrical and computer engineers were behind energy grids and the machines that run them all around the world. Now, these engineers will design a smart grid infrastructure that makes it possible to use alternative power sources in homes and industry. To keep power usage low and our carbon footprint lower, we’ll also need efficient electronics that put less demand on our power plants and solar farms. That includes low-power screens and lights. And they’ll continue to improve earth friendly electric vehicles.

Related Undergraduate Courses:

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Machinery and Drives
  • Power System Design and Operation
  • Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources
Colored, see-through solar cells invented in ECE could enable ‘stained’ glass windows, decorative panels and even shade that makes electricity. 
Prof. Hiskens works to get energy from intermittent clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, to the grid.
Prof. Hofmann specializes in energy harvesting, energy storage systems, and electric drives for HEVs.