Electric Energy Systems (EES)

The Electric Energy Systems concentration in the Electrical Engineering graduate program offers a wide range of courses in the areas of renewable energy, power systems, electric machines, and power electronics. Recent focus on clean energy and energy efficiency has led to a renewed interest in power and energy systems as well as energy conversion systems. Our faculty conducts research in the areas of solar cell development, battery testing, modeling and simulation of microgrids, power train electronics for electric vehicles, and application of wide-band gap devices in power electronic converters.

Degree Requirements

Ten courses (30 credits) are required to complete a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with an EES concentration. 

Required Core Courses:

ECE 7805: Electric Machinery*
ECE 7810: Power System Modeling*
EGR 8301: Control Systems Engineering 

Area Courses:

ECE 7000: Renewable Energy Policy*
ECE 7500: Fundamentals of Solid-State Electronicss
ECE 7580: Introduction to Power Electronics*
ECE 7800: Renewable Energy Systems
ECE 7830: Introduction to Electric Drives
EGR 7850: Electro-Chemical Power Sources*
EGR 8302: Digital Control
ECE 8580: Power Electronics*
ECE 8805: Advanced Electric Machinery                   
ECE 8815: Smart Energy Systems*
ECE 8820: Power System Dynamics*
ECE 8830: Advanced Electric Drives

*Courses also included in Alternate & Renewable Energy track in Sustainable Engineering

Approved Electives (up to two courses):

ECE 7428: Computer Communication Networks
ECE 7525: Electrical Measurements and Conversion
EGR 7800: Solar Thermal Energy Conversion
ECE 8476: Cryptography & Network Security

Additional courses should be selected to complement those above and to support your professional interests.

A three-year Advanced Course Planning form is available here.

Degree plans must be submitted before registering for your first semester. The degree plan must meet general departmental requirements for graduation, and the specific EES concentration requirements detailed above. The deadline for the submission of your degree plan for an EES-Concentration MS Degree is:

  • For full and part-time students:  before registering for your first semester.
  • For 5-year BS/MS students:  before registering for fall semester of your senior year.

Academic Advisor

Each student who selects the EES concentration must work with his/her academic advisor (for research assistants, this would be his/her research advisor) to prepare and submit an approved degree plan.  The academic advisor must be a full-time faculty member who teaches courses in the EES area.  Dr. Pritpal Singh is the Academic Advisor assigned to the EES concentration.   Any student interested in the EES concentration is encouraged to meet with Dr. Singh until he/she has established a permanent academic advisor.

Full-time ECE faculty who regularly serve as academic advisors for the EES concentration are:

Dr. Pritpal Singh, Professor, 610-519-7378 

Dr. Nisha Kondrath, Professor, 610-519-8143

 

Related Research Facilities

Solid-State Materials & Devices Laboratory

The Solid State Materials and Devices Laboratory is well equipped with digital oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, electrometers, and electronic loads. A 5 kW fuel cell stack, 10 kW diesel generator, and a 5 kW Lithium ion battery pack are available for medium-power applications. Two Solartron 1280B Electrochemical Measurement units and two Tenney Jr. thermal chambers are available for testing and measurements of batteries. In addition to the standard instrumentation, the power electronic test benches at the laboratory are also equipped with a network analyzer, high-current probes and amplifiers, differential probes, and a high voltage power supply. Four programmable power electronic converters (~10kW) – may be configured as AC/DC rectifier, DC/AC inverter, and electric drives are also available. Electric machines and drives apparatus as well as power system simulator available is lab may be used for teaching and research. ECE department also have licenses to various simulation software such as PSpice, Labview, and Multisim.