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“We can hardly imagine human history without energy.”
The earliest humans used wood for energy - and in Egypt in 300 B.C., wind-using sailors appeared. Humans rapidly turned from wood to coal in the 18th century - a period of both high population growth and expansion of the fossil fuel industry. Dangerous lamps (candles) using animal oil of kerosene were replaced in the 19th century with Edison's electric lamp invention. The demand for oil energy skyrocketed in the 20th century along with the high development of the automobile industry to the point that after WWⅡ. It was difficult to control the soaring consumption of oil. Thus, humans imprudently began the consumption of energies that had been stored on earth for a long time.

“What would be the next for the future?”
The answer will probably be renewable energies that are available at any place - such as inexhaustible sunlight, bio-fuels, wind and geothermal energy. Other examples include devices such as fuel cells using hydrogen fuels. Many countries are investing a considerable labor force and financial resources to solve the energy issue. Korea established the goal to provide more than 20 percent of our total energy needs with modern renewable energies by 2050 and is turning its support policies in that way.

“Energy Science & Engineering pursue the sustainability of our planet.”
Particularly as we begin the 21st century, sustainability is becoming one of the world's biggest interests due to fossil fuel depletion and climate change. DGIST ESE, based on an in-depth education about future energies, is targeting the training of competent students enhancing a creative and systematic way of thinking with interdisciplinary business communication ability who will contribute to the international society. The followings are the student characteristics that are emphasized to reach that goal.

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