Sustainable Engineering Certification


Next Offerings: 

Introduction to Sustainability: 

October 3, 2022 – November 21, 2022  

Sustainability Assessment: 

January 23, 2023 – March 13, 2023

Design for Sustainability and Circularity:

March 27, 2023 - May 15, 2023

*Students progress through each course at their own pace but they must complete all of the course work within the seven week period.

Certification Description

The Sustainable Engineering Certification (SEC) program consists of three, non-credit courses delivered 100% online and asynchronously. The program is designed for practicing engineers seeking to increase their skills and knowledge in the field of Sustainable Engineering. Students may pursue the entire three-course certification, or enroll in any individual course instead for targeted learning. 

The Sustainable Engineering Certification (SEC) consists of three courses: Introduction to Sustainability, Sustainability Assessment, and Design for Sustainability and Circularity.  The first course introduces the challenges and motivation for sustainable engineering and their unique characteristics due to which no conventional discipline is capable of finding solutions by itself. The second course communicates methods for assessing sustainability of products and processes by methods such as carbon and water footprint analysis and life cycle analysis.  The third course focuses on methods for designing processes and products that meet the requirements of sustainability. It covers approaches such as biomimicry, industrial symbiosis, circular economy, carbon trading, and the role of society.

By completing the certification, participants will learn the latest knowledge and methods in Sustainable Engineering and will be able to apply them in various applied and industrial settings. All courses are highly complementary in nature: the first is needed to understand the unique nature of the sustainability challenge, the second to evaluate existing and emerging approaches, and the third to design novel solutions that are sustainable. Together, they provide a complete understanding of the state-of-the-art, and will allow students to earn a certificate in Sustainable Engineering and contribute to meeting its challenges. Students can enroll in individual courses as well versus pursing the entire certification if they choose. 

While the course content is delivered asynchronously, each is led by Dr. Bakshi who is available to assist students with questions. A certificate of completion is provided after each course. Once a student completes all three, they receive the Sustainable Engineering Certification from the College of Engineering.  

Who should take this certification 

This certification will benefit those who wish to address some of the most formidable and urgent challenges facing society today such as a changing global climate, loss of biodiversity, and resource scarcities. Knowledge gained from this program will help in meeting goals such as net-zero emissions, circular economy of products, nature-positive decisions, and in enabling industrial transformation toward sustainability.

This course is important since most engineering curricula and elective courses do not cover these topics.  Students will learn from a leading research and educator in the field who has taught similar courses across the world, including McGill University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology.

Students will learn to: 

 •  Understand ecosystem goods and services and their role in sustaining all human activities 

•   Using industry-strength software for sustainability assessment such as OpenLCA. 

•   Formulate the problem for assessing environmental sustainability, including the steps of goal and scope definition, inventory analysis, impact assessment and improvement analysis. 

•   Know methods for designing sustainable systems based on emulating ecosystems such as industrial symbiosis and circular economy. 

Course Sequence and Pre-Requisites

A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is strongly recommended.

Sustainable Engineering Certification Courses and Registration Links

Below are the three courses in the Sustainability Engineering Certification program.


Course Fee:

$599 per person

Early Bird Discount:

$525 per person (if registered & paid for three weeks in advance) 


Course Bundling + Early Bird Discount:

The more classes you take, the more save! 

Course #1 = $525 (with early bird pricing)  
Course #2 = $500 (with early bird pricing)  
Course #3 = $475 (with early bird pricing) 


Bhavik Bakshi

Dr. Bhavik Bakshi is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He research consists of developing systematic methods to ensure that engineering solutions make positive contributions to sustainable development without causing unintended harm. He has published extensively and his work is recognized by several awards including but not limited to the research excellence and education awards from the Sustainable Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Lawrence K. Cecil Award for environmental chemical engineering from the Environmental Division of AIChE. He has served on task forces of the United Nations Environment Program’s efforts toward sustainable development. 


Busy professionals find this program meets their professional goals while providing a flexible learning experience. As a student in the program, you’ll enjoy: 

 • A 100% distance learning format. 

• Being taught by top faculty from The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. 

• Courses that focus on the most important and marketable components of sustainability engineering. 

Ohio's TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill employees. Businesses who submit applications (for approved programs) are reimbursed up to $2000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials. Check with your employer to learn if they're willing to assist you with enrolling in the TechCred program and receiving funding to pay for the Sustainable Engineering courses.


The Sustainability Institute collaborates with academic and operations units across Ohio State to advance sustainability and resilience scholarship and activities. The Sustainability Institute aims to establish Ohio State as a leader in sustainability research and applications; educate and empower students; accelerate campus sustainability and living lab opportunities; grow resources to support these efforts; and catalyze a culture of sustainability. Learn more about the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State. 


If you have questions please contact:

Professional & Distance Education Programs


Call: 614-688-3663