Energy & Environmental Engineering Research Center


Buchanan High School

CTE Energy and Environmental Engineering Pathway

Are you interested in in learning about Energy and its Effect on our Environment?

What is Environmental Engineering?  Students in Environmental Engineering learn to design, develop, and evaluate structures, equipment, and systems that protect the environment from the effects of human activity and that improve public health and well-being. Environmental Engineers use principles of chemistry and biology to prevent or solve environmental problems. They possess a strong commitment to the environment and they enjoy a career that allows them to improve it. Professionals in this field work on issues like wastewater treatment, toxic materials control, and air quality control.  Duties vary by project and can include collecting and analyzing data, performing quality control checks, and evaluating and devising solutions for environmental hazards. 

What is Environmental Resource Management?  It is the management of the interaction and impact of human societies on the environment.  It is not, as the phrase might suggest, the management of the environment itself. Environmental resources management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future human generations, and also maintain ecosystem integrity through considering ethical, economic, and scientific (ecological) variables. Environmental resource management tries to identify factors affected by conflicts that rise between meeting needs and protecting resources.

What is Energy Technology?  It is an interdisciplinary engineering science having to do with the efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and economical extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy, targeted towards yielding high efficiency whilst skirting side effects on humans, nature and the environment. For people, energy is an overwhelming need and as a scarce resource it has been an underlying cause of political conflicts and wars. The gathering and use of energy resources can be harmful to local ecosystems and may have global outcomes.

If your heart set on learning about Energy and its Effects on the Environment, this may be your pathway

The CTE Energy & Environmental Engineering Pathway is a four-year course of study that will help students explore innovations in improving and protecting our air, land, and water. Students will be enrolled in either core content area or elective courses related to the study of Energy and how it relates to the Environment.  They will be involved in the design and development of equipment, processes, and systems used to create, monitor, prevent, or correct environmental events and conditions. Enrichment experiences will include off campus fieldtrips and in 11th & 12th grades, career job shadowing and/or internships with industry partners.  At the conclusion of this four-year experience, students will be prepared for employment, postsecondary education, and/or training in a variety of environmental industries.  Students who complete this four-year pathway will also earn honors distinction at graduation.

We want to hear from you! 

If you are interested in being a part of this experience, fill out the application below and return it to your counselor or Mrs. Carter in Office 300.  We are searching for dedicated students who want to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.  The Energy and Environmental Engineering Pathway is designed to be a great experience—something that your involvement can make even better.

 

Please feel free to contact any of the teachers listed below for more information regarding their specific course.

Core Courses:

  • 9th Graders: Biological Links to Energy & Environment - Sascha Ludwig - saschaludwig@cusd.com
  • 10th Graders: Chemistry/Environmental Engineering - Water - Kendia Herrington - kendiaherrington@cusd.com
Elective Courses: 
  • 9th - 12th Graders: Introduction to Engineering Design - Daniel Samarin - danielsamarin@cusd.com
  • 10th -12th Graders: Principles of Engineering - Daniel Samarin - danielsamarin@cusd.com
  • 10th - 12th Graders: Environmental Sustainability - - Sascha Ludwig - saschaludwig@cusd.com
  • 11th - 12th Graders: Energy Technology 1 - Richard Kinney - richardkinney@cusd.com

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If interested in Applying, please fill out the following short questionnaire: 

http://bit.ly/BHSenergyApplication  

 

And the application below (Also available in Office 300 and the Counseling Center)

 

Student Name:                                                          

Student ID#:                                                              

Counselor:                                                                 

 

Buchanan High School

    Energy & Environmental Engineering Research Academy

2017-18 Application

 

Freshman Year: Core course required and earn a grade of C or better in the course.

Core UC Approved Biology Course: Science: Biological Links to Energy & Environment                                           CTE Introductory Course - Taught by: Mr. Ludwig

**Active participation in a, Energy, Environmental, or Engineering related Club: i.e. Energy Academy Club, Environmental Club, or Garden Club. 

**Participation in field trip opportunities.

 

Sophomore Year: Core course required and earn a grade of C or better in the course.

Core UC Approved Chemistry Course: Science: Chemistry/Environmental Engineering: Water                                        CTE Introductory Course - Taught by: Ms. Herrington

**Active participation in a, Energy, Environmental, or Engineering related Club: i.e. Energy Academy Club, Environmental Club, or Garden Club. 

**Participation in field trip opportunities.

 

Junior Year: Choose one of the following elective courses and earn a grade of C or better.

Pathway 1: Elective: Environmental Resources: Environmental Sustainability – Taught by: Mr. Ludwig or Energy Technology 1 – Taught by: Mr. Kinney

Pathway 2: Environmental Engineering: Introduction to Engineering or Principles of Engineering - Taught by: Mr. Samarin

**Active participation in a, Energy, Environmental, or Engineering related Club: i.e. Energy Academy Club, Environmental Club, or Garden Club. 

**Participation in field trip opportunities.

 

Senior Year: Choose one of the following elective courses and earn a grade of C or better.

Pathway 1: Elective: Environmental Resources: Environmental Sustainability – Taught by: Mr. Ludwig or Energy Technology 1 – Taught by: Mr. Kinney

Pathway 2: Environmental Engineering: Introduction to Engineering or Principles of Engineering - Taught by: Mr. Samarin

**Active participation in a, Energy, Environmental, or Engineering related Club: i.e. Energy Academy Club, Environmental Club, or Garden Club.  **Participation in field trip opportunities.

**Participation in field trip opportunities.

**Complete CTE Certification. 

** Complete (3 week) Job Shadowing Experience

 

I understand that I must complete the above requirements in order to achieve the Energy Academy Honors - Green Rope and Diploma Seal at graduation.  

 

Student Signature:                                                                                                      Date:                                      

 

Parent Signature:                                                                                                        Date: