Renewable Electric Energy Systems

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NC State offers an undergraduate concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) within the Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree program. The REES concentration addresses the need to develop new technologies that can harvest the geographically distributed renewable energy such as solar and wind efficiently; and create “smart” electric power systems capable of integrating geographically distributed renewable energy based generators. Students enrolled in REES receive training in renewable energy, power systems, power electronics and design of electromechanical systems.

What is the REES Concentration?

The REES concentration evolved to address the need to create a national power system capable of integrating geographically distributed renewable energy and advanced storage systems that will interface with the existing electric utility systems to serve the country’s future electric energy demands.

In 2008, the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided funding for the establishment of an Engineering Research Center (ERC) and created the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University. One of the center’s key responsibilities is to educate a diverse group of adaptive, creative, globally connected and innovative graduates for the green energy industry through a continuum of educational programs that span from middle school through the doctoral level.

Currently efforts are underway for large-scale utilization of Distributed Renewable Energy Resources (DRER) to significantly increase the use of renewable sources (solar, wind, geo-thermal, hydro, and ocean tidal) to break the nations heavy dependence on carbon based fuel. The widespread use of DRER at the residential level is a major paradigm shift for the electric power industry, moving away from today’s centralized power generation paradigm to one of distributed generation. It is widely recognized by both the electric utilities and the policy makers that for this to happen, the current power grid must be revised considerable to be more “smart”.

The Renewable Electric Energy Systems concentration is open for enrollment to undergraduate students majoring in the Electrical Engineering degree program. The concentration enriches the electrical engineering curriculum with coursework in electromechanical energy conversion, renewable electric power systems, power electronics, and power transmission and distribution systems.

REES Curriculum

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering: REES

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
Credit
Spring Semester
Credit
CH 101 Chemistry, A Molecular Science1
CH 102 General Chemistry Lab1
E 101 Intro. to Engineering & Problem Solving1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environment 
ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research1
MA 141 Calculus I1
GEP Requirement* 
3 
1 
1 
1 
4 
4 
3 
ECE 109 Introduction to Computer Systems1
MA 241 Calculus II1
PY 205 Physics for Engineering & Science I1
EC 205 Econ. (EC 201, ARE 201 alternatives) 
PE 1xx Fitness & Wellness Elective* 
3 
4 
4 
3 
1 
17 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
Credit
Spring Semester
Credit
ECE 200 Intro. to ECE Laboratory1
ECE 209 Computer Systems Programming 1
MA 242 Calculus III1
PY 208 Physics for Engineering & Science II 
4 
3 
4 
4 
COM 110 Public Speaking 
ECE 211 Electric Circuits1
ECE 212 Fundamentals of Logic Design1
ECE 220 Analytical Foundations of ECE1
GEP Requirement* 
3 
4 
3 
3 
3 
15 16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
Credit
Spring Semester
Credit
ECE 301 Linear Systems 
ECE 302 Introduction to Microelectronics 
ST 371 Introduction to Prob. & Dist. Theory 
GEP Requirement* 
PE Healthly Living Elective* 
4 
4 
3 
3 
1 
ECE 303 Electromagnetic Fields 
ECE 380 Engr Profession for EE6
ECE 305 Int. Power Systems 
ECE Level 1 Elective2
ENG 331 Comm. for Engineering & Technology 
GEP Requirement* 
3 
1 
3 
3 
3 
3 
15 16
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
Credit
Spring Semester
Credit
ECE Level 1 Elective2
ECE 452 Renewable Electrical Energy Systems 
ECE REES Elective3
Approved Technical Elective5
GEP Requirement* 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
ECE 480 Senior EE Design Project6
ECE REES Elective3
ECE Elective4
Approved Technical Elective5
GEP IP Requirement* 
3 
3 
3 
3 
2-3 
15 14-15
Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation*,I,J,K
123
Footnotes:
All students who graduate from this curriculum must demonstrate competency in a foreign language at the 102 level (second semester).

  1. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  2. ECE Level 1 electives: ECE 305, ECE 306 or 406, ECE 402 or 421, ECE 403 or 422, ECE 404, ECE 407, ECE 435.
  3. REES electives: ECE 451, ECE 453, ECE 434, ECE(MAE) 535.
  4. ECE electives: any Level 1 expcept 306 or 406, any REES elective, ECE 445, ECE 492 (Special Topics Courses), and any graduate ECE class.
  5. Technical electives: CE 214, 215; ISE 311; MAE 206, 208, 301, 302, 308; MSE 201; NE 418, 419.
  6. Students in the entrepreneurs program should take ECE 383/ECE 482/ECE 483, instead of ECE 380/ECE 480.

*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes:To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/uap/academic-standards/gep/courselists/index.html.

  1. Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours – one course with MA or ST prefix)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Mathematical Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:
  2. Natural Sciences (7 credit hours – include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Natural Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:
  3. Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:
  4. Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:
  5. Physical Education/Healthy Living (2 credit hours – at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Physical Education/Healthy Living course list.
  6. Additional Breadth – (3 credit hours to be selected from the following checked University approved GEP course lists)
    XX Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts or
  7. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5-6 credit hours)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement:
  8. Introduction to Writing (4 credit hours satisfied by completing ENG 101 with a C- or better )The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements:
  9. U.S. Diversity (USD)
    Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite. The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement:
  10. Global Knowledge (GK)
    Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite. The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement:
  11. Foreign Language proficiency – Proficiency at the FL_ 102 level is required for graduation.

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