current teaching activities
EAEE E2002x: Alternative Energy Resources (Fall)
Lect: 3; 3 pts (Professors Lackner and Walker)
Course Description: Unconventional, alternative energy resources. Technological options and their role in the world energy markets. Comparison of conventional and unconventional, renewable and non-renewable energy resources and analysis of the consequences of various technological choices and constraints. Economic considerations, energy availability, and the environmental consequences of large-scale, widespread use of each particular technology. Introduction to carbon dioxide capture and carbon dioxide disposal as a means of sustaining the fossil fuel option.
EAEE E3103x: Energy, Minerals and mateirals systems (Fall)
Lect:3; 3 pts (Professors Lackner and Yegulalp)
Prerequisites: MSAE E3111 or MECE E3301 and ENME E3161 or MECE E3100 or equiv Corequisites: MSAE E3111 or MECE E3301 and ENME E3161 or MECE E3100 or the equiv
Course Description: Overview of energy resources, resource management from extraction and processing to recycling and final disposal of wastes. Resources availability and resource processing in the context of the global natural and anthropogenic material cycles; thermodynamic and chemical conditions including nonequilibrium effects that shape the resource base; extractive technologies and their impact on the environment and the biogeochemical cycles; chemical extraction from mineral ores, and metallurgical processes for extraction of metals. In analogy to metallurgical processing, power generation and the refining of fuels are treated as extraction and refining processes. Large scale of power generation and a discussion of its impact on the global biogeochemical cycles.
EAEE E6212x: Carbon Sequestration (Spring)
Lect: 3; 3 pts (Professor Lackner)
Prerequisites: EAEE E4900 or the equivalent, or the instructor’s permission.
Course Description: New technologies for capturing carbon dioxide and disposing of it away from the atmosphere. Detailed discussion of the extent of the human modifications to the natural carbon cycle, the motivation and scope of future carbon management strategies, and the role of carbon sequestration. Introduction of several carbon sequestration technologies that allow for the capture and permanent disposal of carbon dioxide. Engineering issues in their implementation, economic impacts, and the environmental issues raised by the various methods.
EAEE E9281x (section 001): Prospects for Nuclear Energy - Earth and Environmental Engineering Seminar
Seminar: 1; 1 pts (Professor Lackner)
Course Description: This seminar course will examine the prospects for nuclear energy as a source of safe, secure and environmentally sustainable energy both in the U.S. and internationally. In particular, it will analyze the four key issues that limit the expansion of nuclear energy: cost, safety, proliferation concerns and long-term disposal of radioactive wastes. Through readings, research and class discussions, it will engage students to critically evaluate arguments both for and against nuclear power. The course will build basic literacy in nuclear technology and is open to students with technical, policy or economic backgrounds.