Power and Energy

The power and energy area in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering broadly covers energy conversion into electricity, efficient power transmission, and various high power applications for increasing productivity and human comfort.

From its humble origins circa 1882, the electric power industry has since undergone a dramatic transformation. Modern government and consumer industry policy is showing renewed focus on exploring new advancements that favor increased energy efficiency and lower emissions. This brings new opportunities for graduates specializing in this scientific realm.

Major subfields in this curriculum area include power systems, power electronics and electrical machines. Typical work involves analytical studies, computer modeling, laboratory experiments, or combinations of each. Specific activities at both component and system levels include design, control, operation, planning, and energy management.

Various career opportunities are available upon graduation, chiefly in the transportation and grid sectors. Typical employers include electric vehicle and appliance manufacturers, engineering consultancy firms, and electric utilities.