|October 26, 2009 |
Green Research & Technology listed as the most rapidly growing profession
Innovations in Green Research and Technology are critical to global sustainability and environmental renewal. Stevens provides solutions for these important issues and has created a series of research and academic programs which focus on Green technologies and the advancement of knowledge in clean energy, alternate fuels, infrastructure improvements and more.
A recent article in CNN Money predicts that the 'clean tech' job creation era of renewable energy, environmentally-friendly building and manufacturing, and all aspects of energy efficiency will offer the "the greatest opportunity for wealth and job creation since the advent of computers and the Internet."
The economy is already generating about 1.3 million new jobs in the green sector per year, and by the year 2030, the number of U.S. jobs directly or indirectly related to energy efficiency and conservation will reach 40 million. Despite the recent recession and difficulty finding jobs, clean energy employment has consistently risen, and boasts a 9.1% increase between 1998 and 2007.
Under the direction of Dr. Keith Sheppard, Stevens has introduced a Green Engineering minor that prepares students for a successful career in this exciting industry. In addition, our faculty have diverse backgrounds in innovative green research projects. In fact, two of them (PlasmaSol and HydroGlobe) have resulted in national awards for Most Innovative Product and Environmental Company of the Year and social responsibility.
The Clean Energy Institute directed by Dr. Constantin Chassapis and Dr. Hamid Hadim focuses on developing and implementing clean and renewable energy technologies, including Nuclear, Biofuel, Hydrogen, Solar, Wind, Wavepower, Geothermal, and Energy harvesting from motion. Meanwhile, Paul Winstanley, the director of Energy Initiatives, is working on an enterprise project that has the potential to change the way we view biofuels.
The Stevens campus also features green buildings, Photovoltaic Solar Arrays on one of our parking lots, and student designed wind turbines. Much of the student research has been highly acclaimed, and a recent senior design team of students John Dolny, Frank Sorrentino, Caryn Connolly and Chris Ford was awarded the International Design Competition sponsored by the US Maritime Administration for their Ultra Green Arctic Shipping System.
This all encompassing approach to Green Technology makes Stevens an excellent place to prepare for a career in this field. And on top of the programs and research themselves, our campus also finds itself in the middle of a hotbed of ‘clean tech’ industry growth. Based on the existing number of green jobs as well as the projected amount of new openings and funding opportunities, the North Jersey/New York area is one of the top three locations to build a successful 'green' career.
For more information, please contact:
Professor & Associate Dean of Engineering & Science.
Edwin A. Stevens Hall
The Innovation University TM