Fall 2011

During the fall 2011 semester, a new elective was offered by the MIS department: Energy Informatics. Energy Informatics has to do with the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems to increase energy efficiency. The class, taught by Maric Boudreau, included a variety of topics, such as sustainability, renewable and non-renewable energy, green IT, green IS, logistics and transportation, the smart grid, smart buildings, and urban infrastructure. In additional to formal lectures, students had many hands-on exercises to understand basic sustainability data and to analyze data streams generated by diverse energy systems.

The class stems from Rick Watson and Maric Boudreau’s efforts in developing the IS specialty of Energy Informatics for the benefit of IS researchers, practitioners, educators, and students (see Watson and Boudreau have recently published the first book on the subject, available in Kindle format via Moreover, along with colleagues from Engineering, they have recently organized a conference on Energy Informatics, targeting companies from Georgia involved in this area. Students enrolled in the class attended the conference, along with over 100 industry representatives from companies such as AT&T, Siemens, and UPS, among others. The Energy Informatics class will continue to be offered once a year, and will likely be cross-listed so that UGA students from other disciplines could take it. An online version of the class is also being considered. For more information, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).