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Selected Recurring Courses

E/ME 105. Product Design for the Developing World. First term. The course will emphasize products appropriate for the developing world—for those people subsisting on less than one dollar a day. It will provide the student with a working knowledge of contemporary methods of product design to meet the constraints of cost, performance, quality, and time to market as applied to the developing world. Areas covered include design for X (X = manufacturability/assembly, environmental issues, including sustainability, failure modes and effects analysis, test, etc.). The integration of customer needs and financial return will be discussed with specific examples. Instructor: Pickar.

ESE 1. Introduction to Environmental Science and Engineering. An introduction to the array of major scientific and engineering issues related to environmental quality on a local, regional, and global scale. Fundamental aspects of major environmental problems will be addressed with an overall focus on the dynamic interplay among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. Underlying scientific principles based on biology, chemistry, and physics will be presented. Engineering solutions to major environmental problems will be explored.

ESE/Ge 148 abc. Global Environmental Science.Global change on time-scales of years to centuries. First term: Climate Change. Second term: Atmosphere-Ocean Circulations. Third term: Biogeochemical Cycles.

Past Courses

(Spring 2007) APh 150. Physics and Chemistry of Renewable Energy. Advanced introductory survey of the physics and chemistry of renewable energy. Lecture and problem course covering petrochemical energy sources, electrochemical phenomena, and devices such as batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, photolytic and photoelectrochemical routes to fuel synthesis, biofuels synthesis and use, solar photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, and related devices.

Seminars and Series

ESE & Society Discussion Group

These weekly informal meetings are sponsored by the Environmental Science and Engineering option and all members of the Caltech community are invited to attend. The discussions focus on the societal impacts of science questions relevent to the option. Typical topics include the human and environmental health impacts of pollution, the effect of land use changes on climate, and the role of government in science policy and application. Discussions are generally led by students or invited experts. To sign up for weekly email announcements for the discussion group, contact Megan Schmid at

NRG 0.1

Fridays, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Baxter Lecture Hall

Come hear leading scientists talk about all aspects of energy research and technology. The speakers will address the frontiers in these areas in order to educate a broad cross-section of the campus community and inform Caltech members as to how they might contribute their scientific and technological expertise to address energy challenges. Please join us as we think about the scientific challenges of meeting global energy demands and how Caltech can engage in these challenges.

Many of the lectures in the NRG Series can be viewed online through Caltech's Streaming Theater.


Other Streamed Seminars

A Sustainable Future?

An interdisciplinary symposium addressing a range of scholarly and policy issues related to growth, governance, and environmental sustainability in greater Los Angeles. Sept. 20, 2003.

See all sustainability themed Streaming theater presentations.