Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Graduate Certificate

The Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) graduate certificate provides students with an opportunity to get both breadth and depth in energy and sustainability curriculum. Students will take classes in different colleges to get a broad perspective on energy sustainability. In addition to taking courses and attending a REIS seminar class, students will conduct a capstone project to obtain greater depth in an energy research area.

REIS Graduate Certificate Program is a stand-alone graduate program. Some students are enrolled in a master’s or a PhD program at UHM and apply for REIS concurrently. Others are enrolled in REIS without pursuing another graduate degree at UHM.

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All applicants must meet Graduate Division admissions standards and documentation requirements: an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work.

We also request a brief statement of objectives (2 pages or less) that describe the applicant’s academic background, interest in pursuing the REIS Graduate Certificate, and the future objectives. GRE is not required.

All applicants are encouraged to consult with the Program Director about the program course offerings.

To Apply

Submit a Concurrent Graduate Certificate Program application form to the Graduate Division (GD). Be sure to carefully review GD application requirements.

To obtain the graduate certificate in Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS), the students must fulfill the following six requirements:

  1. Have passed the two Mandatory General Core Courses listed below.
  2. Have passed at least one course in Technological Specialization Courses.
  3. Fifteen credits (plus one for a REIS Seminar course) are required for the certificate in approved 600 and 400 level courses with at least nine units at the 600 level. For each course student should get at least a C- in that course (a Graduate Division requirement) and students should have an overall grade point average of a B in the fifteen units of approved 600 and 400 level courses.
  4. Have conducted a capstone research project in the area of energy and / or sustainability under the supervision of a REIS faculty member (this faculty member should be different than student’s primary thesis or dissertation advisor). The research project will result in a research paper in the area of energy or sustainability that will constitute the culminating experience for the REIS certificate. The quality of the paper should be similar to a refereed conference or journal paper or a chapter of a thesis dissertation. Note that this work is in addition to thesis / project requirements for an MS or PhD degree.
  5. Have completed at least one short course or workshop in advanced topics in renewable energy or sustainability, or attended a professional conference in renewable energy or sustainability.
  6. Have passed one-credit REIS seminar course (in addition to the 15-credit requirement described above). Note that the seminar course will expose students to different areas in renewable energy and island sustainability. The seminar course will provide students with more broad level knowledge and awareness of energy and sustainability research and education areas. This will be a one unit course.

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Mandatory General Core Courses

  • ECON 636: Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
  • ME 610: Renewable Energy and Sustainability Engineering

These two core graduate courses are intended for a broad audience of graduate students with prerequisites of math and science that are usually obtained by undergraduate students by their sophomore year or consent of instructor.

Course descriptions of ME 610 and ECON 636.

Technological Specialization Courses

The following are examples of elective 400/600 level courses that will be approved on a course-by-course basis by the REIS curriculum committee based on course syllabus and content in energy and sustainability topics. Note that, while most of the current courses are in Engineering, we anticipate that more courses in non-Engineering areas will be approved to met the needs of students from different backgrounds as they enter the program. We anticipate more courses from the Colleges of Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Architecture, Law, Business, CTAHR, and SOEST. The intent of the REIS graduate certificate is to recruit, retain, and graduate a broad spectrum of students in a variety of disciplines interested energy and sustainability fields. Some of the courses can be substituted for Mandatory General Core Courses upon Director’s approval.

  • ARCH 525: Architecture Systems IV: Sustainability
  • BE 410: Biomass Conversion to Biofuels and Bioenergy
  • ECON 637: Resource Economics
  • ECON 638: Environmental Resource Economics
  • EE435: Electric Power Systems
  • EE491I: Renewable Energy
  • EE491K: Power Systems
  • EE491K: Power Electronics
  • EE635: Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Integration
  • EE 693D: Smart Grid Technology
  • EE 696: Renewable Energy Devices and Sensors
  • ICS 691: Smart Grid Software Engineering
  • ME 446: Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • ME 447: Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • ME 491/EE 491: Solar Energy Engineering and Technology
  • ME 626: Viscous Flows or CEE622: Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 646: Mechanics and Design of Composites
  • ME 647: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • ME 696: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Dynamics and Design
  • ME 696. Design of Wind Turbine and Wave Energy Converter
  • ME 696: Renewable Energy Material and Manufacturing Technology
  • ME 696: Working with Industries in Renewable Energy
  • ORE607: Water Wave Mechanics
  • ORE 609: Hydrodynamics of Fluid-Body Interactions
  • ORE 612: Dynamics of Ocean Structures.

REIS Seminar Course

Examples include EE/ME/CE 696 REIS Seminar and ECON 696 Workshop on Energy and Environmental Research.