Focus Area: Power Systems (Electrical)

Power Systems


Electrical power systems engineers keep the lights on by generating the electricity we need, getting it to our homes and businesses, and getting us where we need to go in electric vehicles.

The power systems FA concentrates on topics such as sustainable energy, power generation, transmission and control, power electronics, and electrical drive systems.

The employment opportunities for electrical power systems engineers include solar and wind energy production, high voltage DC (HVDC) power transmission, smart grid implementation, and electric vehicle design.

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

EE Electrical Interest Requirements Suggested Options
Interest Electrical Interest
Depth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing (Same as: IGPI:5460)
ECE:5600 Control Theory (Same as: ME:5360)
ECE:5640 Computer-based Control (Same as: IGPI:5641, ME:5362)
Breadth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:3330 Software Design
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)
All 5000-level depth electives listed above and


ECE:5420 Power Electronics
ECE:5430 Electric Drive Systems
ECE:5620 Electric Power Systems
ECE:5630 Sustainable Energy Conversion
Technical Elective
(Select Three)
All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and


MATH:4200 Complex Variables
Additional Elective
(Select One*)
Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.


* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.

Advising Notes

  • ECE:5430, ECE:5630, ECE:5420 and ECE:5620 are offered, one per semester, over a two-year period. To take all four courses during a student's junior and senior years, one fall semester junior year ECE interest course must be delayed until fall semester senior year.
  • The four listed power electives may be taken in any order.
  • A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the FA plan.

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