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Derek Elsworth, Semih Eser, and Jonathan Mathews 

Department of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, PSU



The Center for Advanced Undergraduate Study and Experience (CAUSE) is a formalized research experience for senior undergraduates, that investigates a unique and unrepeated theme. A small group of students (~15-20) are invited to participate in the course, that typically involves a course of field study or field work.


CAUSE 2003 investigated the roles that energy has played in the evolution from rural, to agrarian, to industrial society and within the contexts of society in the United States, Iceland, and the United Kingdom. 


Following are some of the products from the students who participated in this class.......


Industrial Revolution to Industrial Ecology - A Chronology

        Objectives and Cultural Preparation - [Report]

        Agents of Mechanization - [Report]

        The Eotechnic Phase - [Report]

        The Paleotechnic Phase - [Report]

        The Neotechnic Phase - [Report]

        Compensations and Reversions

        Assimilation of the Machine and Orientation - [Report]


Energy - The Engine of Industrialization

        A Pennsylvania and U.S. Perspective on Coal [ppt]

        A Pennsylvania and U.S. Perspective on Petroleum & Natural Gas [ppt]

        A Pennsylvania and U.S. Perspective on Nuclear Energy [ppt]

        A Pennsylvania and U.S. Perspective on Non-Depletable Energy Resources [ppt]


Contextual Studies - Energy in Iceland and the United Kingdom

        Travel Itinerary

        Dispatches from the Field

        Travel Journals




        Industrial Ecology [ppt]


        Energy & Equity in the Developing World

        Congressional Enquiry - Energy Policy for the United States


Final Projects

        Iceland - Integrating Technology, Needs and Responsibility - [Report]

        A Study of Hydroelectric Power - [Report]

        Industrial Transitions: A Visual Study of Technological Evolution

        Tidal Power - [Report]

        Wind Power


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