Stephen Allen, Ph. D., LEED AP
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Education: Ph.D. University of Toronto
Professional Interests: Renewable energy, the built environment
Courses: CHEM 1021 Introduction to Chemistry & the Environment Laboratory, CHEM 2050/2 General Chemistry I & II, CHEM 3050 Environmental Chemistry, ENVS 3200 Photovoltaic Systems Design, ENVS 4000/1 Methods of Environmental Science, ENVS 4100 Senior Seminar, ENVS 4300 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Design, ENVS 4950 Environmental Studies Practicum, ENVS 6030 Sustainable Energy Systems, ENVS 6040 Sustainable Building Science
Teaching is the primary function of faculty at Hawai`i Pacific University, and I have taught more than 20 different courses at HPU, covering a wide range of topics in chemistry and environmental science. The courses related to energy and the built environment are closest to my personal and professional interests. In 2006, HPU became the first educational provider based in Hawai`i (and the 16th in the U.S.A.) to be approved by the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to offer an entry-level photovoltaic system design course based on the NABCEP Entry-Level Certificate of Knowledge. This course (ENVS 3200 Photovoltaic Systems Design) regularly provides students, including adults seeking a new career, with training that often translates into employment opportunities in the solar industry. I apply a similar emphasis on technical skills in other courses, such as ENVS 4000/1 Methods of Environmental Science (lecture and laboratory). Students use the same software and techniques that building industry professionals use.