New energy elective!

10.27, Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory, was started in Spring, 2011. It has been added to the list of approved Energy Electives for the Energy Studies Minor.
A lottery will be held for participation in this class (more information is provided below).

10.27 Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory (CI-M)

10.27 Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory
(Subject meets with 10.26, 10.29)
Prereq: 5.310 or 7.02; 10.302; or permission of instructor U (Spring)

Projects in applied energy engineering research. Students work in teams of three or four on one project for the term. Projects often suggested by local industry. Includes training in research planning and project management, execution of experimental work, data analysis, oral presentation skills and technical report writing, team building, and integration of technical and social science issues. Intended for students with diverse technical backgrounds.

Preference to Energy Studies minors.
Instructors: C. K. Colton, P. T. Hammond, K. F. Jensen, J. K. Kelleher, M. S. Strano

10.27 is a CIM subject.
Class meets Tues-Thurs 1-5 pm.

A wide variety of projects are currently being developed that are suitable for students from different technical disciplines in science and engineering. Representative project titles include the following:

• Cleaning and recycling drilling fluid on drilling rigs
• Ethanol production from starchy plants and lignocellulosic feedstocks
• Engineering fuel cell systems and materials
• Thermoelectric power from catalytic combustion
• Exploiting photosynthesis for new biofuels
• Lifecycle analysis of biodiesel preparations
• Oil-adsorbing nanofabrics for cleaning large ocean oil spills
• Thermal transport of self-propagating thermopower waves in nanomaterials as energy sources

Lottery information

10.27 (Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory) is a new energy subject for juniors and seniors (see below). Students who wish to register for 10.27 must submit this lottery form, which is meant for students not in chemical engineering and has been specifically modified in collaboration with the Dept of Mechanical Engineering for students in Course 2, 2A, and 2OE.

Send a reply by email on this form with “10.27 lottery' in the subject line by Wednesday, December 18, 2012 to Clark Colton ( with copies to William Dalzell ( and Cindy Welch ( with the following information:

  1. Full Name:

  2. MIT ID number:

  3. Year:

  4. Campus telephone number:

  5. Email address:

  6. Undergraduate major (Course Number and concentration). Indicate if you are or plan to be enrolled in the Energy Studies Minor. [A similar lottery announcement is being sent to Energy Minors. Fill out just one form.]

  7. Prerequisites taken. If different from catalog, indicate how your background provides preparation for 10.27. [Note: 2.005 and 2.671 satisfy prerequisite requirements.]

  8. Information on how you can be reached in January if you are not in touch with your email during IAP.  This is needed in order to provide you with project selection material.

  9. To help faculty prepare projects in the energy area, with or without biological aspects, please indicate by number (1 highest) your preferences for the types of projects you would be interested in. Your answer is not binding.

    A.  Energy                 Bio           _____
    B.  Energy                 Non-Bio   _____

Results of the lottery will be available by about January 4, 2013. Students will be notified by email, and the results will be posted outside 66-446. Project descriptions will be made available on the web during IAP, and 10.27 registrants will be notified at that time to make project selections by a certain deadline.  If we do not receive your project selection information by the deadline, you will be assigned to a project.

Participation in the lottery represents a commitment to register for the course if you are successful in the lottery. Preference is given to Energy Studies minors, ME students with energy concentration, and date of lottery form submission, in that order.

10.27, Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory, was started in Spring, 2011. It has been added to the list of (1) Approved Energy Electives for the Energy Studies Minor and (2) Suggested Concentration Courses for the Energy Conversion Engineering Track of Course 2A.