Clean Energy Engineering

Program Goals

Technical knowledge

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering covers all stages of the industry value chain. You’ll explore alternative energy systems – including hydro, wind, solar, tidal, geothermal and other emerging technologies – as well as the challenges and opportunities related to their transmission, distribution, use and management.


Collaborating with your peers under the direction of leading researchers and instructors from industry, you will work in world-class facilities and multidisciplinary research centres to explore:

  • conventional thermal systems and alternative energy technologies
  • energy storage and transportation in terms of both technology and optimization
  • strategic energy management
  • the impact of various energy systems on the environment and potential routes to reduce pollution and develop sustainable clean energy systems
  • the social and political dimensions of energy efficiency and conservation, energy policy and economics

Business foundations

Professional success requires both technical understanding and managerial and business competence. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, you will explore business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership. These classes are an opportunity for you to gain foundational business knowledge in:

  • managing processes in manufacturing systems and supply chains
  • assessing visual analytics techniques for analysis and communication
  • evaluating project management processes and demonstrating their use
  • analyzing sustainability opportunities across a range of industries
  • presenting recommendations for organizational leadership challenges using a case study analysis approach
  • understanding business decision-making through the lens of key functional areas (strategy, marketing, operations and logistics, accounting and finance, human resources and organizational behaviour, and entrepreneurship)
  • understanding the basic principles of organizational strategy and innovation

The “L” in the acronym of the Master of Engineering Leadership program’s name is not accidental: the MEL program will train not just fantastic engineers, but really good leaders, policymakers and businesspeople.” – Walter Merida

Leadership and interpersonal skills

Effectively managing people and successfully leading teams requires a wide range of interpersonal skills. The MEL offers professional development workshops throughout the 12-month program. These extra-curricular sessions cover topics that include communication, teamwork, coaching and mentoring. Group projects and collaborative problem-solving are embedded into the MEL courses, creating ongoing opportunities for you to practice your skills as a manager and leader.

Learn more about some of the most significant challenges being faced within the industry and how this innovative leadership master’s degree can place you in a position to address some of our world’s most pressing problems.

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