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Stanford Offers New Online Program in Energy Supply, Consumption, and Emerging Technologies


What if we could capture and store enough solar power to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels? Imagine window panes that power homes and cars that run on solar fuels. This is just one challenge in the growing field of molecular engineering, a field generating great excitement in science and industry.

For those currently working in or interested in entering this dynamic field, a solid grasp on the emerging technologies is critical. Professionals can develop this expertise through Stanford's new graduate certificate program, Molecular Engineering of Energy Technologies. Capitalizing on research advances in nanotechnology, participants will explore the basic principles of natural and synthetic molecular systems and the design of advanced devices and technologies. For those looking to position themselves at the forefront of energy technology, Stanford's program provides a solid foundation from leaders in the field.

“Developing cutting-edge materials for energy applications is an exciting challenge for engineers and industry,” says Stanford Professor Eric Shaqfeh, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Academic Director of the program. “Research at the intersection of chemistry and engineering offers immense opportunity.”

The program's foundation course – Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use – provides an overview of the fundamentals, challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of energy supply and consumption. Participants then design their own graduate certificate by completing three of five advanced online courses addressing the topics of catalysis, soft materials and polymers, bioenergy, electrochemical conversion, and entrepreneurship.

Classes are facilitated by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, a recognized leader in distance learning. Courses can be taken online, completing course requirements and exams remotely. For engineers, scientists, technology managers, investors and policy makers, the program can help them gain the knowledge to stand out above their peers. Graduates who successfully complete the program receive certification from Stanford. Applicants can apply to the program online at

About the Stanford Center for Professional Development

The Stanford Center for Professional Development connects working professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for Master of Science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate and professional certificates, take individual graduate and professional courses, and view free online seminars and more. Courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and at the work site. (

Stanford Center for Professional Development
Allison Campbell, 650-575-6437

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