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Energy & Power Domain Electives

Since the electric power industry’s modest origins in 1882, the technology to generate, transport, and use electricity has expanded and modernized at an astounding rate. Today the electric power industry is among the leaders in using high technology. It has grown from Thomas A. Edison’s first electric power company, which provided energy to roughly a quarter-square-mile area, to the largest single industry in the United States.

Electric power engineers have a large choice of areas. For example, they are involved in system and component design, electric machines and control of machines, construction and installation, system operation and maintenance, management, system instrumentation and control, communication and data systems, and energy management. Power Electronics is a relatively new area in electric power engineering in which electric power is processed by solid state converters into many desirable forms.

Additionally, there are many career options in each of the above general areas. Examples of these potential challenges include high-voltage applications, computer controls, and long-range planning. Research into new energy sources and their power electronics control will provide further opportunities for electric power engineers.

ECE elective courses (3 credits each)

  • Power Electronics: Devices, Cicuits & Applications (ECE 5025)
  • Electric Machines (ECE 5041)
  • Power Systems (ECE 5042)
  • Sustainable Energy & Power Systems II (ECE 5541)

Laboratories

  • Sustainable Energy & Energy Conversion Lab (ECE 3047): 1 credit
  • High Voltage Engineering & Lab (ECE 5047): 3 credits
  • Power Electronics Lab (ECE 5127): 1 credit