Renewable Energy Technology and Integration: Energy Sustainability certificate

At the Opus College of Engineering, we are world-class engineers who will lead bold, innovative change to serve the world in the Jesuit tradition.

Develop the capabilities required to solve complex energy problems. As energy sources transition to lower carbon emitting technologies, there is a growing need for engineering professionals to manage the transition and drive improvements in efficiency, cost, resource capture (wind, solar), sustainable materials and manufacturing.

Connecting the renewable energy generation to the end use is essential for innovative controls to optimize energy output and capture. The certificate electives provide the technical rigor to develop engineering solutions to these industry challenges.

Flexible, affordable graduate certificates

We recognize the importance of flexibility to those pursuing graduate education, especially to practicing engineers. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to complete our certificates on a full- or part-time basis. 



Credit Hours


Months to Complete*

online program delivery

      Online and On-Campus  


 *12-18 months to complete, based on a student's individualized plan 



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Topic Areas

The graduate certificate in renewable energy technology and integration is intended to develop graduates with the capabilities required to solve complex renewable energy problems in a variety of application domains.














Topics include: 

  • Renewable Energy 
  • Microgrids 
  • Power Conversion 
  • Energy Policy  
  • Electric Machine Design

Additional Program Highlights

Flexible course of study

Students can achieve their professional goals with great autonomy by selecting courses that help them achieve this goal.

Industry focused

Program was designed in response to shifts in the labor market as the digital economy grows and creates the opportunity to provide the skills that future engineers will need.   

Study with expert faculty 

Students work closely with Marquette faculty, who are experts with extensive industry experience and teach students how to become an "Ignatian Engineer" and develop a skill set with the technical expertise and a reflective mindset to recognize the impact on the world.  Meet the faculty>>

Learn from industry experts

Industry experts will participate in this certificate program through workshops and guest lectures, allowing students to learn and apply their skills based on their expertise.

Expanding depth and breadth of knowledge

The program allows engineers from a variety of disciplines to expand their depth of knowledge in renewable energy technology and integration, while also allowing the opportunity to develop essential skills around technical leadership, communication and multi-disciplinary perspectives that will help them to succeed as they continue to advance in their professional careers.  

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Total Credit Hours 12 

Required Courses

  • Developments in Energy and Power (Sustainable Energy Conversion)
  • Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Renewable Energy: Policy, Technology, Sustainability)

Elective Courses - choose two from the following:

  • Design and Analysis of Electric Motor-Drive Systems
  • Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Systems
  • Protection and Monitoring of Electric Energy Systems
  • Transients in Electric Energy Systems and Devices
  • Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Microgrids)
  • Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electric Machine Design)

Other courses as approved by the Certificate Faculty Sponsor, the EECE director of graduate studies (DGS) and the chair of the EECE department.

Learning Outcomes

Upon certificate completion, students will be able to:

  • Analyze complex renewable energy problems.  
  • Communicate and effectively explain renewable energy problems and proposed solutions to a wide range of stakeholders (I.e. professional engineers, corporate decision makers, government regulators, etc.).  
  • Integrate advanced electrical energy concepts, modern engineering tools, and best practices to recommend technologically appropriate and responsible solutions.  
  • Reflect on the purposeful and meaningful contribution of each course to achieve the professional growth desired through the certificate.  

Apply Your Knowledge

By connecting class work to real-world engineering organizations, industry and academia can come together to embrace new ways of thinking and working together to create innovative solutions to solve industrial grand challenges.


Take the next step towards your future


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  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Details
  • Application Deadline
  • Meet the Faculty

Ready to learn more about Marquette's renewable energy technology and integration graduate certificate program? Reach out directly to our program recruiter or fill out the form below (all fields required) and we will respond to you shortly. 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139




To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants who do not have an engineering degree must complete prerequisite engineering requirements. The list of required prerequisite course(s) is determined during the academic advising process. Students who do not meet the 3.000 requirement, but have completed one year of engineering work experience, are reviewed and considered based upon a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to determine the applicant’s ability to complete advanced course work.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 


This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (scholarships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall term: February 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Dr. Ayman EL-Rafaie 

Dr. Ayman EL-RefaieAyman EL-Refaie (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Werner Endowed Chair in Secure/Sustainable Energy and holds over 45 patents.  Dr. EL-Refaie has 12 years of corporate experience at GE Global Research Center (Power Conversion) and General Motors Advanced Technology Center. 




Dr. Nathan Weise

Dr. Nathan WeiseNathan Weise (PhD, University of Minnesota) is the lead of a DOE-ARPA-E CIRCUITS program focused on power converters and a DOE ARPA-E BREAKERS program focused on DC circuit breakers.  He has industrial experience with RTI Technologies on wave energy converters and was a finalist in the Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize.




Dr. Nabeel Demerdash 

Nabeel DemerdashNabeel Demerdash (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh), is the Director of the Simulation of Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (SEMPEED) Consortium in collaboration with industry.  Dr. Demerdash received numerous Technical Field, Prize Paper, and Research Excellence awards for his pioneering contributions to electric machine and drive systems design.



Mr. Arthur Harrington

Mr. Arthur HarringtonArthur J. Harrington, Esq (Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Shareholder and Attorney at Godfrey and Kahn’s Environmental and Energy Strategies Practice.  Art has over 25 years of extensive experience in environmental and energy litigation at the state and national level and is a recognized leader of Brownfield remediation.  Mr. Harrington also serves as co-chair of the Policy Committee of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium.


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