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University of Waterloo launches green energy diploma program

Administered online, aimed at providing professional development for working engineers, school said

WATERLOO, Ont.—Applications are now being accepted for the University of Waterloo’s new graduate diploma in green energy, the first of its kind in Canada.

Run through the school’s faculty of engineering, the program is administered online and is aimed at providing professional development for working engineers.

“This diploma provides working engineers with the skills and knowledge to transform our energy future,” Prof. Jan Huissoon, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo, said in a statement.

“The energy issues facing our society are pressing, and the green energy graduate diploma equips industry leaders with the necessary background to tackle these issues in cost-effective ways.”

The school said the program is meant to “enhance technical knowledge and training in green energy systems such as bioenergy, fuel cells, air pollution and greenhouse gas management, solar and wind energy, and building energy performance.”

Qualified students will need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area of study, and the program must be completed within two years.

“We face a global challenge in finding new ways to meet energy needs while protecting the planet,” said Jatin Nathwani, Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy Management at Waterloo.

“Tackling this grand challenge requires engineering and scientific advancement, but also core industry engagement and programs that directly involve working engineers in areas such as bioenergy and smart grids. Waterloo’s green energy diploma does this, encouraging engineers and employers to problem solve for sustainable energy solutions while confronting day to day issues.”

The program will be delivered from a state-of-the-art interactive instruction facility called Live-Link.

Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2014.

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