About the Program

Automobiles of the twenty-first century is poised to advance at a rapid pace with greater emphasis on lightweight structures, high efficiency powertrains, intelligent control systems, lower emissions, robust design and manufacturing, as well as improved comfort and safety. This certificate program gives an opportunity for automotive engineers interested in high efficiency powertrains to learn to about the advancements in engines, transmissions, electric and hybrid vehicles, and emission controls. (12 credit hours)

The certificate can be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.   

Course Descriptions

Please choose four courses to complete the required 12 credit hours.

ECE 530: Energy Storage Systems

This course introduces the basics of energy storage systems for EDV. It will cover battery basics, ultracapacitors, flywheels, and hybrid energy storage concepts. Battery management, battery charging, and battery safety will be covered. Finally, the requirements of EDV and renewable energy application examples will be explained. Lead acid, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion batteries will be covered. Other energy storage systems such as super conducting magnetic, hydraulic, compressed air, and integrated (hybrid) energy storage systems, will be discussed as well. (3 credits)

ECE 532: Auto Sensors and Actuators

Study of automotive sensory requirements; types of sensors; available sensors and future needs. Study of functions and types of actuators in automotive systems. Dynamic models of sensors and actuators. Integrated smart sensors and actuators. Term project. (3 credits)

ECE 5462: Elec. Aspects of Hybrid Vehicles

To introduce fundamental concepts and the electrical aspects of HEV, including the design, control, modeling, battery and other energy storage devices, and electric propulsion systems. It covers vehicle dynamics, energy sources, electric propulsion systems, regenerative braking, parallel and series HEV design, practical design considerations, and specifications of hybrid vehicles. (3 credits)

ME 538: Vehicle Thermal Management

This course covers fundamental thermo-fluid principles and advanced topics in thermal management of conventional and electric drive vehicles (EDVs). The topics include: principles of energy conservation, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics; vehicle thermal management system and components; electrification of vehicle thermal management system; EDV thermal management; battery thermal management in EDVs; and waste energy recovery. (3 credits)

ME 547: Powertrains I

Topics in vehicle powertrain kinematics and dynamics, engine output characteristics, vehicle road load analysis, engine-transmission matching, design and analysis of gears and gear systems, planetary gear trains, design of powertrain components, clutch design and analysis, transmission design and analysis, torque and ratio analysis of automatic transmissions. (3 credits)

ME 548: Automotive Powertrains II

Simulation of vehicle performance; dynamics in gear shifting; engine balance, fuel economy, and performance related to powertrains; powertrain arrangements, manual and automatic transmissions, automotive axles, four-wheel-drive systems; design and manufacturing of gearing systems. (3 credits)

ME 570: Powertrain NVH of Electric Vehicles

This course focuses on the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) characteristics of Electric Vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PHEV). Topics include principles of mechanical vibration and acoustics, driveline induced noise/vibration from both conventional internal combustion engine and electrical motor/generator, cooling fan noise, regenerative braking system and electrical accessory noise. The potential countermeasures for typical noise/vibration sources will be presented. The course consists of classroom lectures and experimental laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions will provide the student with hands-on experience on noise/vibration measurements and analyses. The student will be required to carry out a course project on NVH related subject of electrified vehicles. (3 credits)

ME 596: Internal Combustions Engines I

Comparison of several forms of internal combustion engines including Otto and Diesel type piston engines; performance parameters and testing; thermodynamic cycles and fuel-air cycles; combustion in SI and Diesel engines; charge formation and handling; ignition; elements of exhaust emissions. (3 credits)

ME 597: Internal Combustions Engines II

Fuel flow and air flow measurements and techniques; engine maps; fuel and ignition control and control strategies; combustion and burn rate considerations in engine design; intake and exhaust systems; emissions and control strategies; emission test procedures. (3 credits)

ME 598: Engine Emissions

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of engine exhaust emissions, including their formation mechanisms and abatement techniques. The students will be familiarized with the present emission control technologies and future challenges. The topics covered include: engine emissions and air pollution, review of emission regulations, catalyst fundamentals, catalyst-based engine after treatment techniques for gasoline, diesel, and lean-burn engines, discussion of coldstart emission control and breakthrough catalytic technologies. (3 credits)

Learning Goals and Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to describe advancements in energy storage, vehicle performance, engine elements and design. 
  2. Students will be able to apply knowledge of the advancements in engines, transmissions, electric and hybrid vehicles, and emission controls in the field.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. 


Tentative Course Schedules

ECE 530


ECE 532


ECE 5462


ME 538

Various semesters

ME 547

Fall & Winter

ME 548

Various semesters

ME 570

Various semesters

ME 596

Fall & Winter

ME 597


ME 598


CECS Graduate Education Office

Professional Education Center [PEC]
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