Power Electronics and Power Systems Plan of Work

Suggested Courses for Power Electronics and Power Systems

Power Electronics and Drives Track

Power Electronics and Drives is the technology used for converting electrical power from one form to another. Power converters use power semiconductor devices to handle high voltage and current needed for power applications. The digitally controlled power converters provides the interface for processing power and energy between a source and a load. An example is the power supply to power an electronic device such as a PC or a battery from an AC power supply. Another example is the electronic motor drive to control the power of an electric machine for applications such as electric vehicles or wind power generators.

Suggested 500-level courses

  • ECE 533 – Power Electronics Design & Packaging
  • ECE 534 – Power Electronics
  • ECE 535 – Design of Electromechanical Systems
  • ECE 552 – Renewable Electric Energy Systems
  • ECE 553 – Semiconductor Power Devices
  • ECE 554 – Electric Motor Drives

Suggested 700-level courses

  • ECE 732 – Dynamics and Control of Electric Machines
  • ECE 734 – Power Management Integrated Circuits
  • ECE 735 – Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Power Devices
  • ECE 792 – Advanced Power Electronics

Suggested courses for breadth

  • ECE 511 – Analog Electronics
  • ECE 516 – System Control Engineering
  • ECE 556 – Mechatronics
  • ECE 589 – Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
  • ECE 726 – Advanced Feedback Control

Suggested non-ECE courses

  • MAE 531 – Engineering Design Optimization
  • MAE 721 –  Robust Control with Convex Methods

Power Systems Track

Power System engineering focuses on the operation, control, and planning of large electric grid which supplies power to the customers in a given area. Courses in this track focuses on the diverse set of engineering tools used for system planning and operation.

Suggested 500-level courses

  • ECE 534 – Power Electronics
  • ECE 550 – Power System Operation and Control
  • ECE 551 – Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
  • ECE 552 – Renewable Electric Energy Systems
  • ECE 581 – Power System Protection
  • ECE 585 – The Business of the Electric Utility Industry
  • ECE 586 – Communication and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid
  • ECE 587 – Power System transients Analysis
  • ECE 592 – Data Analytics for Power Engineering

Suggested 700-level courses

  • ECE 736 – Power system Stability and Control
  • ECE 753 – Computational Methods for Power Systems

Suggested courses for breadth

  • ECE 516 – System Control Engineering
  • ECE 592 – Topic in Data Science
  • ECE 589 – Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
  • ECE 726 – Advanced Feedback Control
  • ECE 792 – Adaptive Control

Suggested non-ECE courses

  • MAE 531 – Engineering Design Optimization
  • OR 505 – Linear Programming
  • OR 706 – Nonlinear Programming
  • ST 515  – Experimental Statistics for Engineers

Please see ECE Course Details and Specialty Areas for ECE specialty area and typical semesters that the courses are offered.

Please see NCSU Course Catalog for course description and the current semester that the course is offered.

Please see Power Electronics and Power Systems for more information about the topics and faculty involved in research in this area.

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