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As an integral part of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department in the School of Engineering at Rutgers, CAES primarily cultivates understanding of the theory behind energy engineering as well as prepares students for a career in engineering.

Power Plants (14:650:462)

Current theory and practice of cycles and design of equipment for the generation of power in central stations and industrial power plants.

Building thermal comfort and ventilation (16:650:607)

This graduate HVAC class is intended to help strengthen understanding of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer fundamentals and their application to HVAC equipment.  It establishes a foundation of HVAC principles and then explores how to model and optimize building energy, comfort, and ventilation performance.  Foundational HVAC principles include psychometrics and thermal comfort, HVAC loads and equipment sizing, mechanical equipment, and design and control strategies. Building modeling and optimization includes how to anticipate, achieve, and validate improved performance including energy savings.  The class includes numerical problem solving and optimization using Python (no Python prerequisite) and the CoolProp library for thermodynamic properties.  A foundation in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer is extremely helpful.  A project using operating buildings and HVAC equipment is a significant portion of the class effort and grade

Professional Development and Leadership in MAE (14:650:289)

Provides a glimpse of various facets of professional work environment regardless of the role or the field you enter your profession. Intended to broaden student’s knowledge of professional protocols that exists in the industry and gives them real life examples, case studies and tips that will help them succeed in choosing the right direction.

Alternative Energy (14:650:474/477)

Critical analysis of use of wasted energy; design parameters that influence the performance of wind, geothermal, solar, fuel cell, and biomass alternative energy systems; and the challenges associated with incorporation of these systems into the United States' current infrastructure. In addition, teaches the fundamentals of energy and power, and the available alternatives to power derived from consumption of fossil fuels.

Internal Combustion Engines (14:650:461)

Thorough analysis of reciprocating engines and gas turbines in addition to investigations into fuel characteristics, pollutant formation, combustion and lubrication.

Statics (14:440:221)

Classification of systems of forces and their resultants; geometrical and analytical conditions for the equilibrium of force systems; frames and trusses; friction; parabolic and catenary cables; centers of gravity.