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Nov 14 2013

Multi-Campus Undergraduate Energy Minor to Enhance STEM Learning

Old Westbury, N.Y. (November 14, 2013) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium (LIAEC) a $250,000 grant to establish a multi-campus, interdisciplinary energy minor that will be offered at seven campuses affiliated with the organization. New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a member of LIAEC, is an academic partner in this new program, along with SUNY schools such as Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, and Maritime College. The “Energy Science, Technology, and Policy” minor (ESTeP), launches in the Spring 2014 semester; students enrolling in the minor will learn how to analyze energy policy decisions, follow the dynamics of various energy markets, and manage emergent energy technologies.

The ESTeP minor will be a part of the Energy Management program at NYIT’s School of  Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS), and will  present unique opportunities to NYIT students. Those enrolled in ESTeP can take energy courses at any of the affiliated schools, giving students fresh perspective on matters related to the discipline, as well as access to a wider range of institutional facilities and professional and scholastic relationships. The goal of the program is to endow students with straightforward educational training and practical experience by instituting a well-structured academic curriculum, and encouraging student participation in research initiatives and relevant internships in the industry. ESTeP imagines a diverse body of participating scholars, especially from underrepresented populations in the tech world such as military veterans, women, and current members of the workforce looking to further their careers by increasing their range of skills and knowledge.

The award is being administered by the Division of Undergraduate Education at the NSF’s “Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” (TUES) program, and addresses the rapid expansion of the energy technology industry, recognizing the growing need for future professionals in this important field. NYIT students enrolled in the ESTeP minor will have access to dedicated professors and academic advisors from NYIT and SUNY schools who are familiar with and active in the energy field; a universal LIAEC introductory course with comprehensive online material; and an integrated internship program offering career opportunities with industry, scientific and research laboratories, corporations, non-profits, and policy makers.

The Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium (LIAEC) consists of the following member institutions: NYIT, Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, SUNY College at Old Westbury, SUNY Maritime College, Nassau Community College and Suffolk County Community College.

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