Two Pathways through the institute:

  1. Undergraduates taking selected courses can emerge with a BS in their engineering area plus a better understanding of power engineering.Or, with some additional coursework, they can enter the workforce with a BS in their engineering specialty and an Undergraduate Certificate in Power and Energy Engineering.*
  2. Similarly, at the graduate level, students may take courses associated with the Institute in power and energy areas, or can, with additional coursework, complete a Graduate Certificate in Power and Energy Engineering.*
  3. The Institute also serves engineers in industry, those returning for graduate study or continuing their learning with professional development courses.

Certification Programs are designed to be:


The PEIK curricula have been carefully worked out to mesh with requirements in other engineering disciplines; typically it is electrical engineering students who specialize in power engineering, but in the Institute it will be possible for students outside electrical engineering (in mechanical, chemical, materials, biosystems, and mining) to study for certificates in power and energy at the undergraduate and graduate (Master’s and PH.D) levels.


These certification programs will give students the opportunity to graduate with a crossdisciplinary certificate in power and energy engineering AND a B.S. or M.S. in Electrical, Chemical, Materials, Mining, Mechanical or other engineering major without spending any more time (or tuition money) than for the degree alone.

Flexible and Adaptive

Certificates have been chosen as the more flexible way to organize and indicate focus and expertise in a crossdisciplinary area likely to continue evolving rapidly over the next decade. The curriculum is built around core courses in generation, in transmission and distribution and in public policy and energy economics. Students then take energy electives in focus areas of their choosing.

Opportunity for International Study

The University of Kentucky offers several international programs for students to learn about energy in other countries.  Programs are run through the university Education Abroad office, and details on the programs can be found at .

The programs include the following:

    • Germany:  Global Energy Issues (EGR240) is taught in Germany in the summers in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).  The program includes students from the University of Kentucky and KIT.  In addition to the EGR240 content on global energy issues, the course also includes content particular to Germany and its energy transition.  Students will visit energy-related facilities during their stay.
    • Spain:  The University of Kentucky, in partnership with the Public University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, has 5‐week summer programs on Renewable Energy taught in Nararre Spain.   Navarre is an ideal place for such a program of study since sixty five percent of electricity in the region is obtained from alternative energy sources, including 50% from wind, 13% from biomass, and 2% from solar.   Coursework will focus on particular aspects of the EU power market, as well as the renewable energy technologies. Students will also gain international perspective, not only from studying in Navarre, but also by living with a Spanish family.
    • Costa Rica:  The University of Kentucky offers an International Energy Experiences program in Costa Rica.  The program is one-week, held during the university Spring Break period.  The program can be taken as a special section of the Global Energy Issues EGR240 course (3 credit hours) over the spring semester, or as a 1 credit hour program for students who have already had other coursework in energy before.  Costa Rica’s electricity generation is almost entirely from renewable sources.  During the program, students will visit renewable energy sites (such as geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind), and also learn about the use of energy in Costa Rica.