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 a concentration in Electric Energy Systems (EES) . 

Core Courses:

Area Courses:


Courses also included in Alternate & Renewable Energy track in Sustainable Engineering are: ECE 7000,  7580, 7805, 7810, 8580, 8815, 8820 and EGR 7850.

Approved Electives (up to two courses):


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


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:

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.

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Shalini Sunkara, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“Villanova offers a strong research-oriented graduate school program. It has extremely qualified faculty willing to help students excel in their areas of interest.”

Shalini Sunkara, Senior Project Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Mark Schaff, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“The professors in Electrical Engineering are very easy to work with and the program itself is tailorable. I appreciated how I was able to select classes that matched my professional interests.”

Mark Schaff, Systems Engineering Lead, The Boeing Company

 

Jad Rabah works in the lab with Associate Professor Rosalind Wynne.

“Villanova's professors aren't only academics. They are industry experts who understand how things work. That makes them so much more valuable to us as students.”

Jad Rabah, Advanced Space Systems Engineer, Telesat Canada