Careers in Energy Management and Design

The Energy Management and Design Program (EMD) provides excellent preparation for professional careers in the energy field or for graduate studies.  Graduates find employment in a wide variety of agencies, firms, and organizations including private consulting firms, solar and renewable energy businesses, private corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and utilities.

Our graduates benefit from several factors when seeking employment. California is a worldwide leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Aggressive energy building codes, an active renewable energy industry, and foresighted government agencies all contribute to an excellent employment market. Our past EMD graduates have had great success in the field and look to our graduates as a source of potential employees. The EMD program has thus developed a strong reputation in the professional community, giving our graduates an edge when competing for jobs.

An Education in Energy Management and Design

The Energy Management and Design Program is founded in the belief that energy professionals need to be knowledgeable about the assets,liabilities and appropriate application of a wide variety of technologies and management techniques for energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization. An innovative synthesis of architecture, engineering, computer science and energy policy, the EMD Program has established itself as a leader in energy education.

Students in the EMD Program are taught specific management and design skills including heat load analysis, energy efficient building design, energy efficient lighting, solar design  (active, passive, and photovoltaics), computer-aided energy analysis, and economics payback analysis. In addition, students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of business management, economics, environmental science, physics, and computer science through courses available at SSU. The EMD Program is designed to provide a solid foundation of specifically focused technical courses and the flexibility to meet personal career goals in the advancing and expanding fields of energy management and design.  EMD students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies.

The EMD Faculty

EMD faculty are leaders in their field.  Current faculty hold advanced degrees in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, resource policy and management, and computer science.  All faculty also remain current and active in this field as private consultants.

The EMD Professional Community Connection

We have a strong working relationship with a variety of agencies and organizations throughout California.  These agencies and organizations include the California Energy Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California Association of Building Energy Consultants, Association of Demand Side Management, Association of Professional Energy Managers, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Northern California Solar Energy Association.

Internship Program

All EMD students are required to complete an internship.  This internship provides students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in courses while gaining valuable experience in a professional setting.  Many internships are paid.  Students work closely with their advisor in choosing an internship that matches their personal and professional interests.

The EarthLab and the Environmental Technology Center

The EarthLab is a one-acre education, demonstration and research facility at the university. This learning laboratory focuses on agroecology and renewable energy applications.  Students in the EMD program are involved in a variety of experiments in the EarthLab. The Environmental Technology Center, a state-of-the-art building utilizing the latest in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications, is a unique teaching laboratory in which students can practice building science "live."