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Engineering Continuing Education

Mary A Myers, PhD, director

The MU Engineering Continuing Education program provides timely programs uniting MU College of Engineering and MU Extension resources for Missouri's professional engineering community. Two examples of Engineering Continuing Education programs offered in 2012 follow.

In collaboration with Spirit Technologies (the first B Corporation in Missouri), Engineering Continuing Education developed an online class for the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score program. The course trains students to become Home Energy Score Qualified Assessors. An assessor collects energy information during a home walkthrough and scores that home on a scale of 1 to 10 using the Home Energy Score software.

In June, the final pilot study of the Home Energy Score program was conducted in mid-Missouri by assessors who completed the MU online course. As a result of this project, online training programs for Building Performance Institute and Residential Energy Services Network certifications are being developed in collaboration with Green Training USA.

Popularity of the Pollution Prevention class continues to increase. Fifty-one engineering students enrolled last year. The Pollution Prevention class (known as P2) focuses on applied engineering methods and tools to reduce or eliminate waste at its source. In today's economy, P2 strengthens competitiveness by improving engineering efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water and natural resources.

Three of the 51 students who completed the P2 class served as Mizzou P2 interns at companies in Columbia, Kirksville and St. Louis. Interns receive a 10-week paid industrial position to apply their training.

Since 2008, interns from the P2 program have cumulatively provided the following annual results for Missouri companies:

  • 17 million gallons of water saved,
  • 260,883 pounds of medical and hazardous waste reduced or eliminated at the source,
  • 5,454,012 kWh electricity saved,
  • 17,297 million metric BTUs of natural gas saved, and
  • 9,092.749 metric tons of CO2e (greenhouse emissions) saved.

Cumulatively, Missouri companies participating in P2 experience an annual recurring cost savings of $1,401,836.