The Center for Energy continues to lead Pitt’s development and delivery of energy-related educational programs specifically tailored to the needs of our regional energy economy.   The development of programs in several areas – including electric power, mining, and nuclear engineering – have become some of the best in the country.  A summary follows of the programs, course offerings, and future plans for energy-related education.   


  • Electric Power Engineering – undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS and PhD) concentrations within the ECE department. Undergraduate concentrations represent 1/3 of all graduatin BS EE’s; a new online learning post-baccalaureate/graduate certificate program introduced in fall 2013 is exceeding enrollment targets. New course developments at all levels of the program.
  • Nuclear Engineering– Undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS) certificates and the Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE) continue to remain steady with stable enrollments
  • Mining Engineering – steady enrollments in the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs (despite recent/current downturn in industry)
  • Advanced Manufacturing – New M.S. program is under development       
  • Safety Engineering Certificate - The graduate safety engineering certificate program targets engineers in the energy industry who find they need or want a background in safety engineering.   The curriculum targets general industry injury prevention, catastrophic loss of containment prevention, mitigation and management as well as work environment design and focuses on the continuous process oil and gas industry, nuclear power and conventional coal and natural gas power industries. 


The Pitt Law School established the Energy Law and Policy Institute in 2015. The Institute will develop new courses in the field of energy law, with a particular focus on helping students develop practice-ready skills. The Institute will host major annual conferences that bring together law firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address evolving issues in energy law and policy. The Institute aims to advance collaborative research and teaching initiatives in the field of energy law in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Swanson School of Engineering, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, among others.