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Stanford Updates Energy Education Course Portfolio

Stanford will offer new and updated online courses in energy innovation to energy professionals.

The Stanford Center for Professional Development has updated the online course portfolio for its Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program to include emerging technologies in obtaining, distributing and storing energy.

The program, launched in 2012, is designed for engineers, product developers, product managers, marketing professionals, investors and policy makers within the energy sector. New and updated online courses will offer global access to top researchers in the field contributing to energy innovation.

"Universities like Stanford have the opportunity to play a central role in finding solutions to our climate needs," said Mike McGehee, a materials science and engineering professor and academic director of the program, in a news release. "The sharing of our research with professionals in the energy sector is one way we contribute to this effort."

Among the updated courses is McGehee’s Solar Cells course, which “examines the latest advances in photovoltaic technology and compares solar cells made out of different materials as well as dye-sensitized and multifunctional cells.” New to the program is the course Behaviorally Informed Design for Energy Conservation, which will look at the human factors in increasing energy conservation. Course participants “will practice design thinking to understand user behavior and create strategies to influence energy consumption.” The course will be taught by Banny Banerjee, a professor of practice in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Studies and the director of Stanford ChangeLabs.

Enrollment in the Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program is open to the public and further information is available on the program site.

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