ECE Focus Area: Sustainablity (CSE)

Sustainability EFA


Sustainable electrical engineering is focused on developing renewable electricity sources such as wind and solar power; systems for integrating renewable power into the grid; hybrid and electric vehicles; and energy efficient lights, motors, appliances, and heating and cooling systems.

Depending on the courses selected, sustainability area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in energy generation, control systems, energy resource management and environmental issues, while satisfying the requirements for a Certificate in Sustainability.

Electrical engineers completing coursework in the computer track sustainability focus area find employment in the renewable energy industry, in the electric and hybrid electric vehicle industry, in power utilities, in consulting, and more generally, anywhere energy efficiency is a concern.

Students interested in this FA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.

Computer Science and Engineering Requirements Suggested Options
Theory Elective
(Select one)

CS: 4350 Logic of Computer Science

CS:4720 Optimization Techniques

5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select one)
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: CS:5610)
ECE:5800 Fundamentals of Software Engineering (Same as: CS:5800)
ECE:5330 Graph Algorithms and Combinatorial Optimization (Same as: IGPI:5331)
ECE:5630 Sustainable Energy Conversion
ECE:5820 Software Languages and Tools (Same as: CS:5820)
ECE:5420 Power Electronics
ECE:5430 Electric Drive Systems
ECE:5620 Electric Power Systems
ECE:5640 Computer-based Control (Same as: IGPI:5641, ME:5362)
ECE Elective
(Select one)
All 5000-level ECE electives listed above, and
ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits
ECE:3400 Linear System II
ECE:3600 Control Systems
4000-level or above CS Elective
(Select one)
ECE:5800 Fundamentals of Software Engineering (Same as: CS:5800)
ECE:5820 Software Languages and Tools (Same as: CS:5820)
CS Elective
(Select one)
All 4000-level and above CS electives listed above, and
CS:3700 Elementary Numerical Analysis (Same as: MATH:3800)
Additional Electives
(Select one 3 s.h. & one ≥2 s.h.)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.
CEE:4107 Sustainable Systems (Required for certificate)
ISE:2500 Engineering Economy
ISE:4550 Wind Power Management
EES:1080 Intro to Environmental Science (Required for certificate)
GEOG:2013 Intro to Sustainability (Same as: BUS:2013, URP:2013) (Required for certificate)

Advising Notes

  • To earn a Certificate in Sustainability students must complete 24 s.h. of prescribed course work.

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