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Control Domain Electives

An automatic feedback control system is composed of three key components. First, there are sensors that measure the state of a system. Second, there are actuators that can manipulate system variables. Third, there is a decision-making system (controller) that uses information from the sensors to decide how to modulate the actuators so that the overall system behaves in a desirable manner. For instance, by sensing roll, pitch, and yaw, the control system on board an airplane can autonomously fly the plane in a smooth manner even in the presence of significant wind disturbances. Control systems are the essential components in other aerospace systems, space exploration, autonomous robots, automotive systems, manufacturing, and intelligent systems. With its emphasis on analysis and design for complex systems, students frequently find control a fascinating area of study.

Some of the control elective courses listed on the right are design oriented and focused on preparing a student for entry into industry; others have a more theoretical perspective and are especially effective preparation for graduate study in control.

ECE elective courses (3 credits each)


  • Control Systems Lab (ECE 3557): 1 credit
  • Control System Implementation Lab (ECE 5557): 2 credits