Courses & Certificates

CHBE 8801A
Seminar on Nanostructured Materials and Energy – Instructor(s): Elsa Reichmanis

Description: This seminar course is an introductory-level course for graduate students entering the NSF IGERT program on Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (and others, space permitting). The objective is to provide students with an introduction to the challenges currently facing our society in the areas of energy production, utilization and storage, coupled with the policies which affect these areas. The seminars will provide insights into how advancements in materials can help solve energy challenges as well as how the adoption of new technologies relate to policies both nationally and internationally. In addition, the course will highlight instances where policy may also impact the research and development of energy technologies (e.g., ITAR and Export Control laws).

PUB 6701
Energy Technology and Policy – Instructor(s): Marilyn Brown,Valerie Thomas

Description: Examines policies and technologies affecting the production and use of energy, focusing in particular on sustainable energy options. The course provides a fundamental understanding of energy systems, including historical trends of supply and demand, resources and technologies, and related economic, global climate change, and security issues. Policies are examined at the national and international scale, and at the state and local level where novel approaches are often first introduced. The course addresses resource constraints, physical principles, and policy analysis methods.

MSE 4803/8803

Fundamentals of Nanomaterials & Energy  – Instructor(s): Meilin Liu and Chris Summers

To provide students with a fundamental understanding of the scientific principles and new strategies to transfer, capture, and store energyderived from various resources (e.g., solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass), the latest developments, and the materials challenges for energy storage, conversion, and harvesting; to emphasize guidelines for rational design of new materials for a clean and secure energy future.

 Section A. Fundamentals:

1. Thermodynamics and Kinetics

2. Types of Bonding and Structure-Bonding-Properties Relationships

3. Crystallography and Diffusion

Section B: Applications:

4. Nanostructured and Porous Materials for Li-ion Batteries and Supercapacitors

5. Energy Material Synthesis: Bottom-up, Heterogeneous Reactions, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Molecular Beam Epitaxy

6. Modeling of Energy Materials and Devices

7. Energy Applications of Thermal Interface Materials

8. Piezoelectric Generators

9. Fabrication and Characterization of Nanocomposite Dielectric Materials

10.  Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Photovoltaics

ME 8833

Materials for Energy Systems and Energy Policy – Instructors: Samuel Graham, Mechanical Engineering and Marilyn Brown, Public Policy. 

This course will provide an overview of several technologies in the areas of energy efficiency, production, and storage while highlighting the role that materials play in their operation and highlighting materials challenges that must be addressed to advance the technology.  The course will also present case studies of the energy and environmental policies as well as science and technology policies in the U.S. other countries that have been key to the development of these technologies abroad and domestically. Students will gain an appreciation for the roles of both advancements in materials and how existing policies impact the development and adoption of these technologies.

HTS 6118. Science, Technology, and the Economy.

This course examines the contributions of science and technology to economic development and the influence of economic processes and institutions upon   developments in science and technology.  The course places particular emphasis on economic institutions, public and private, and their influence upon knowledge  generation and innovation.  Specific topics include the funding and conduct of  research and development, intellectual property regimes, commercialization of  innovations, university-industry collaboration, and regulatory policies  pertaining to competition, health and safety, and the environment.

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

The School of Public Policy offers a certificate in public policy to graduate students (masters and doctorate) from other Schools around campus. The goal of the certificate program is to provide a basic but well-rounded introduction to public policy thinking to Georgia Tech graduate students. The program is designed to address the needs of scientists, engineers, management scholars and others who seek to be more aware of policy, regulatory, ethical, and societal implications of science, technology and innovation. The program will provide breadth and context for those entering employment in any sector. The courses in the program explore the processes through which policy is made.

Although this certificate is not available to policy students, the courses are open to all graduate students, creating an opportunity for students to gain value from divergent perspectives. Students who complete this certificate are eligible to participate in the School’s PRIME international graduate student exchange program.


Graduate students from all programs may take the courses offered as part of this certificate. The certificate will be awarded by the School of Public Policy to any non-public policy graduate student who successfully complete the program requirements and earns a graduate degree from one of Georgia Tech’s degree granting academic units. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy will typically satisfy the minor requirements for the Georgia Tech PhD degree.

Please contact Diana Hicks with any questions.

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to earn at least a B in every course that counts toward the certificate. The credit requirements for the Certificate in Public Policy are 12 semester hours.

Required Course

Choose one of:

6012 – Fundamentals of Policy Processes
6201 – Public Policy Analysis


Three electives are required for the certificate. These electives can be chosen from the list below or from graduate level special topics offered by the public policy faculty with the agreement of the certificate advisor. The electives are organized by broad area of interest to guide students in choosing electives that best suits their interests. Students are not required to choose all electives from the same grouping.

  • Analytical methods
    6112 – Research Design in Policy Science
    6114 – Applied Methods and Data Analysis
  • Economic development
    6602 – Economic Development Analysis and Practice
    6606 – Urban Development Policy
    6415 – Technology, Regions, and Policy
    6600 – Foundations of Local Economic Development Planning and Policy
    6740 –Innovation, the State and Industrial Development
    6741 –Geography of Innovation
  • Economics for public policy
    6116 – Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
    6118 – Public Finance Policy
  • Ethics and values
    6010 – Ethics, Epistemology, and Public Policy
    6326 – Environmental Values and Policy Goals
  • Environmental & energy policy
    6310 – Environmental Issues
    6312 – Economics of Environmental Policy
    6314 – Policy Tools for Environmental Management
    6326 – Environmental Values and Policy Goals
    6327 – Sustainability & Environmental Policy
    6701 – Energy Technology & Policy
  • Information technology
    6111 – Internet and Public Policy
    6501 – Information Policy and Management
    6502 – Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Public administration
    6014 – Organization Theory
    6017 – Public Management
    6018 – Policy Implementation and Administration
    6226 – Business and Government
  • Science and technology policy
    6401 – Science, Technology and Public Policy
    6402 – Research Policy and Management
    6403 – Scientific Careers and Workplaces
    6417 – Critical Perspectives on Science and Technology
    6440 – Science, Technology and Regulation
    6753 – Comparative Science and Technology Policy

Special topics

  • (PUBP 8803) in Public Policy

See Oscar catalog for offerings in upcoming semesters. Selection of other courses requires approval of the instructor and the certificate advisor.