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About This Program

Sustainable development has become one of the fundamental criteria for best practices in engineering. Responsible for providing effective and innovative solutions that address the challenges of sustainability, Sustainable Systems Engineers play a lead role in planning, designing, building, manufacturing and ensuring a sustainable future.

MSU Denver’s new degree in Sustainable Systems Engineering moves beyond engineering’s tradition of breaking designs down into disconnected parts to apply a holistic, systemic approach to solving problems. It integrates MSU Denver’s civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology programs with earth and atmospheric sciences, political science, business management and communication arts and sciences to examine how engineering activities influence humanity’s well-being.

As a Sustainable Systems Engineering student, you will gain the knowledge and methods to analyze and solve sustainable development problems by studying the relationship of engineering to economic development, environmental impact, social structure and the sustainability of natural resources.


The mission of the Sustainable Systems Engineering program at MSU Denver is to provide students with comprehensive education in engineering concepts to meet future sustainable development challenges, by engaging with multidisciplinary programs that further the development of methodological and analytical skills.

Example of Courses

Materials Science

Applied Systems Design

Mechanics of Dynamic Systems

Sustainable Systems Engineering

Learn more about courses at Course Progression Documents for EAET

Facilities & Resources

MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (AES) is a dynamic learning space that houses the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and integrates the disciplines of Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology.

Students of these disciplines will benefit from the advanced-technology opportunities and experiential laboratories that the AES Building provides, such as a state-of-the-art 3D printer.

MSU Denver, located on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, offers an amazingly diverse selection of academic disciplines and many opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in the city’s thriving economy.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Sustainable Systems Engineering program provides students with numerous choices and opportunities to participate in real-world sustainable development projects that focus on engineering solutions. Both local and international projects are available to you through internships, work-study positions, international exchange programs and study-abroad.

Current student projects include environmental sustainability, power/renewable energy sustainability, water resources sustainability, humanitarian engineering and advanced manufacturing sustainability.

MSU Denver also has four engineering-related student groups offering collaborative and networking opportunities.

Learn more about MSU Denver clubs and organizations.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Sustainable Systems Engineering graduates are immediately prepared to work on or lead projects that require a systemic, interdisciplinary approach to complex situations or to pursue graduate studies or engineering licensure. The career-focus areas where Sustainable Systems Engineers are needed include:

  • Water supply
  • Food production
  • Housing and shelter
  • Sanitation and waste management
  • Energy development
  • Transportation
  • Industrial processing
  • Development of natural resources
  • Cleaning up polluted waste sites
  • Planning projects to reduce environmental and social impacts
  • Restoring natural environments such as forests, lakes, streams and wetlands
  • Providing medical care to those in need
  • Minimizing and responsibly disposing of waste
  • Improving industrial processes to eliminate waste and reduce consumption
  • Recommending the appropriate and innovative use of technology

Program Accreditation

Currently, there are no plans to seek accreditation for our Sustainable Systems Engineering program.

Other Programs

In addition to the B.S. in Sustainable Systems Engineering, the Engineering and Engineering Technology department also offers programs including:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering
  • B.A. in Construction Project Management
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • Several Minors
    • Architecture
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Several Certificates
    • Advanced Composite Materials and Manufacturing
    • Additive Manufacturing Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering Technology

Sustainable Systems Engineering Program

Contact the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Dr. Jeno Balogh

Professor; Director of SSE


[email protected]

Email or call with any questions regarding the Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) program!