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About the Program

This certificate program introduces theories and technologies in electric energy and related applications. Topics include power electronics, power system analysis, electric drives, motor drives, electric aspects of hybrid vehicles, and practical aspects of the design of power electronics devices. (12 credit hours) 

This program is available on campus only.

Required Core Courses

ECE 541: Introduction to Energy Systems

The course will cover the sources of energy including coal, nuclear, solar, wind and their impact on the climate along with their technological characteristics in terms of availability, cost and reliability. (3 credits)

Course Descriptions

Complete 3 courses from the following (9 credits):

ECE/AE 510: Vehicle Electronics I

This course discusses semiconductor diodes, junction transistors, FETS, rectifiers and power supplies, small signal amplifiers, biasing considerations, gain-bandwidth limitations, circuit models, automotive applications and utilizes case studies. (Not open to students with EE or CE degrees.)  (3 credits)

ECE 517: Advanced Industrial Drives and Motor Control

The following topics will be covered: switching mode DC power supplies; motor drives including DC, induction and synchronous; industrial and residential application of power electronics; practical aspects of the design of power electronics devices including snubber circuit, gate drives, heat sink design and magnetic components design. A project will be assigned. (3 credits)

ECE 542: Introduction to Power Management and Reliability

This course provides an introduction to power and energy systems. Students will be exposed to a broad range of topics including basic operational issues, reliability of systems, interconnected systems and smart grids, planning studies, impact of alternative renewable sources on operation and reliability of power systems. (3 credits)

ECE 5462: Electric Aspects of Hybrid Electric Vehicles

This course will introduce the electrical aspects of HEV, including the fundamentals, design, control, modeling, battery and other energy storage, and electric propulsion systems. It will cover vehicle dynamics, energy sources, electric propulsion systems, regenerative braking, parallel and series HEV design and practical design considerations. (3 credits)

Learning Goals and Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to recall and discuss theories and technologies in electric energy and related applications.
  2. Students will be able to examine and discuss topics such power electronics, power system analysis, electric drives, motor drives, electric aspects of hybrid vehicles, and practical aspects of the design of power electronics devices in the field.
  3. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of the application of electrical energy to automobiles to find solutions in the field. 

Admission Requirements

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

Tentative Course Schedules

ECE 541

Fall

ECE/AE 510

Fall

ECE 517

Fall

ECE 542

Winter

ECE 5462

Winter

CECS Graduate Education Office

1184/1186
Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
Phone: 
313-593-0897
Fax: 
313-593-9967
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