An Innovative Degree Program

Our energy systems engineering degree is one of only six of its kind in the U.S.

More than a decade of ESE graduates. Find alumni profiles here.

About the Degree

We are OSU's campus in Bend.

That means we bring the excellence of OSU's College of Engineering to our energy systems engineering program — including world-class professors and the quality of education that only OSU delivers.

What is Energy Systems Engineering?

The bachelor of science in energy systems engineering combines engineering fundamentals with energy-focused technical courses and business management classes. This multidisciplinary curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the core principles of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering.

Courses in energy consumption, distribution, storage, conversion, policy, and business management help prepare students for rewarding technical careers in the broad energy field.


Since 2012, our graduates have seen 95% job placement


Take advantage of the MECOP partnership between Oregon's university engineering programs and industry


Join a research team in our world-class Energy Systems Lab or Water and Energy Technologies Lab

What You Can Expect

With an average of 18 students per class, we get to know you — by name.

You can expect:

  • Personal relationships with professors as part of a small classroom setting
  • Hands-on work using state-of-the art equipment and simulators in seventeen different courses
  • Real-world applications from faculty with 50 years combined industry experience
  • Exposure to industry-standard engineering software and programming languages
  • To help solve a problem for an industry sponsor in Capstone Design
  • Undergraduate research
  • Internship opportunities
Students share what they like about the program:
What is Energy Systems Engineering?


Assistant professor Bahman Abbasi is leading a $2 million research program to look at how to turn salt water into drinking water using solar energy.

Gertrude Villaverde, ESE '19, is one of the first OSU-Cascades admitted students to graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate.

Creating an air quality monitor prototype was an ideal capstone project for energy systems engineering seniors.

You'll be Job Ready


Industry Spotlight: Element 1

Fuel for the Future

See what happens when industry partners with OSU-Cascades' energy systems engineers: clean fuel cell power technology built into a passenger vehicle.

Energy systems engineers design devices, processes and systems used to convert, distribute and store energy. It is a broad field with many opportunities. Our alumni are working at many different companies and in a variety of roles including:

  • Project engineer at Deschutes Brewery
  • Design engineer at BasX
  • Power systems engineer at Eaton
  • Power engineer at Pacific Power
  • Production manager at EarthCruiser
  • Manufacturing engineer at Bend Research, Inc
  • Mechanical engineer at OnBoard Dynamics
Alumni Spotlight

Engineering for Good

When Rachel Richards' grandfather lost his leg to diabetes, he was still strong and wanted to continue adventuring outdoors. The kind of wheelchair he needed wasn't covered by Medicare, however, and he regularly drained the battery of his standard wheelchair circling his paved courtyard. "I saw him decline as soon as he realized he would be limited in what he could do," said Rachel. For her Honors College thesis, she explored ways to design and manufacture an all-terrain wheelchair that would cost less than the current Medicare copay for a standard wheelchair. Her grandfather would be proud.

Only in Bend

The energy systems engineering program is only offered at OSU-Cascades.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science and Honors Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This accreditation is retroactive to the first energy systems engineering graduate in Fall 2012.

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