I came to Creighton University with the plan of majoring in Computer Science and making enough money to spend my free time doing cool volunteer projects. After only a few months, I began to long for a more meaningful career path and diverse undergraduate experience. Creighton has fantastic advisors available to freshman from day one. Mine led me straight to Dr. Michael Cherney, the director of the Energy Technology Program.
The Energy Technology Program was exactly what I was searching for: a meaningful application for my interests. Every field has a role to play in creating a sustainable world, and Energy Technology students have the freedom to choose classes from many different departments to satisfy elective requirements for either of the major options. Without hesitation, this is also the most student-oriented place on campus. Other students and I have been involved in creating and continuously improving everything from the curriculum to the physical classroom space.
I am now graduating a year early with a major in Computer Science and minor in Sustainable Energy. “Minor” does not do justice to how much my experiences with the Energy Program inside and out of classes have prepared me for my next adventure. This fall, I will be starting a PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and working with a research group called TIER - Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions, “investigating the design and deployment of new technologies for emerging regions.” This is just one example of where you might go after the Energy Technology Program.
NEW SUMMER PROGRAMS ......
We are working on a new website and additional physical space for the program.
Links to our old webpage and photos of our current facilities can be found on this page.
Visit us again and continue to watch our website and new studio space develop!
Walsh Lecture Hall
(New studio space under construction)
The Creighton Energy Technology Program challenges students in science, math, and engineering to explore innovation through experience and build a sustainable future. Highly motivated individuals who enjoy working with their minds, hands and a broader community of people will excel as Energy Technology students. Internships and senior projects provide direct contact with companies and industry partners across the region, while humanities and social science requirements are satisfied in the context of engineering classes. Nebraska?s largest solar array is the program?s outdoor classroom. We build on the model of St. Ignatius who designed Jesuit education to form individuals with both the intellectual and practical backgrounds required to be effective in the world.
The Bachelor of Science in Energy Studies and the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Energy degrees address energy issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is not a traditional curriculum. You will be able to use an atomic force microscope in your history class, learn statistics as you study weather forecasting in a course that studies energy load and yield, learn the physics and math theory as you apply it in real world situations and meet your speech and English requirements in a course that is co-taught with an engineer. This program allows students to learn in a hands-on environment that is tailored to the individual.
The program also allows students to jump-start their college education with summer courses and research opportunities in faculty laboratories for incoming freshmen. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Outdoor Solar Classroom
Pittman - (Project Building)