Advising Page -- Power Engineering
What is power engineering?
Power engineering covers three complementary areas of electrical engineering:
The job market is booming for graduates in electric power engineering.
The workforce in the electric
power sector is aging and the industry faces massive retirements, yet
many power engineering programs in the U.S. have been phased out. In
addition, new opportunities are exploding thanks to developments
power electronics. Exciting new applications include
(more) electric aircraft and ships, renewable
energy (wind power), and data centers.
- power transmission and distribution systems (in short, power systems)
- energy conversion (motors, generators, and electric drives)
- power electronics
Wind turbines near Milford, Utah
Power engineering courses at the University of Utah
Students interested in power engineering should plan on taking the following classes.
||Introduction to Electric Power Engineering
||Fall , Junior year
||Introduction to Feedback Systems
||Spring, Junior year
||Spring, Junior year
||Fall, Senior year
||Control of Electric Motors
||Fall, Senior year
Since Fall 2011, ECE 3600 can be taken as one of three courses needed
to satisfy the breadth elective for the BS in Electrical Engineering.
ECE 3510 is not a power engineering course, but is a prerequisite for
ECE 5670/6670 and is closely connected to power
The following courses have also been taught as part of the power engineering program:
ECE 6962 Utility Applications of Power Electronics, Spring 2011.
ECE 5960 Electrical Forensic Engineering and Failure
Analysis, Fall 2011.
These courses, and others to be determined, will
be offered in alternate years. Please check the schedules for further
Control systems courses:
the power engineering program is closely connected to control
systems. Information about control courses is available at: www.ece.utah.edu/~bodson/advising/index.html.
Relevant courses in the mechanical engineering department:
ME EN 2080 Dynamics
ME EN 2500 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems Design I: Wind and Water Power
ME EN 2510 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems Design II: Thermal and Solar Power
ME EN 3600 Thermodynamics II
ME EN 3650 Heat Transfer
ME EN 5600 Intermediate Thermodynamics
ME 5800/6800 Sustainable Energy
ME 6960 Fundamentals of Systems
Courses from the nuclear engineering program are also highly relevant (http://www.nuclear.utah.edu).
information on the new MS/MBA program, which may be of particular
interest to people considering the power engineering program,
please check: http://www.business.utah.edu/joint-mba/mba-ms-engineering.
AC/DC, what does it mean?
Thanks to an endowment created by the Intermountain Power Agency,
two scholarships have been given each year since 2008 to students
interested in power engineering careers. Applicants must be:
- at least at the sophomore level
- a native born Utah resident and/or have graduated from a Utah high school
- interested in a career within the power systems industry
For more information, please check http://www.ece.utah.edu/prospective/scholarships.
The IEEE's Power and Energy Society also created the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative
with the goal of increasing the number of well-qualified, entry-level
engineers to the power and energy industry. For more information,
please check http://www.ieee-pes.org/education/pes-scholarship-plus-initiative.
Professor Marc Bodson Email firstname.lastname@example.org Prof. Bodson's homepage
Professor Faisal Khan Email email@example.com Prof. Khan's homepage
Professor Arn Stolp Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor John Palmer Email email@example.com Prof. Palmer's homepage
The Power Engineering Program would not have been possible without the
support of Utah's industry. Major donations were provided by the
Intermountain Power Agency, Rocky Mountain Power, and the Utah Rural
Electric Association, with additional funding received
from Questar, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Utah
Municipal Power Agency, Reliable Controls, Williams Pipeline and Pacificorp Energy.
Generators and control room at the Intermountain Power Project, Delta, Utah
Useful web sites
- http://www.ieee-pes.org IEEE Power and Energy Society.
- http://www.ieee-pels.org IEEE Power Electronics Society.
- http://ewh.ieee.org/mu/utah/ IEEE Utah Section.
- http://www.doeconsortium.ece.umn.edu DOE-Sponsored
Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power
Engineering Education by State-of-the-Art Laboratories.
- http://cusp.umn.edu Consortium of universities for sustainable power.
- http://geology.utah.gov/emp/energydata/electricitydata.htm Data on electric power generation in Utah.
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Last updated: November 21, 2011