Education

The Cullen College of Engineering is offering two certificate programs administered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Click here to check what courses are offered each semester.

1. Power Systems and Smart Grid

The Certificate in Power Systems and Smart Grid program will require students to take the following two courses:
ECE 6326 Power System Analysis
ECE 6327 Smart Grid Systems

In addition, students must take one of the following courses:
ECE 6329 Power System Protection, Monitoring and Control
ECE 6334 High Voltage Electrical Substations Design and Architecture
ECE 6343 Renewable Energy and Distributed Power Generation

2. Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Technologies

The Certificate in Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Technologies program will require students to take the following two courses:
ECE 6305 Power Electronics Converters and Control
ECE 6343 Renewable Energy and Distributed Power Generation

In addition, students must take one of the following courses:
ECE 6319 Transformers and Electric Machines
ECE 6317 Adjustable speed Motor Drive systems
ECE 6318 Advanced Power Converters and Applications

Courses

ECE 6326 Power System Analysis

Power System Fundamentals. Transmission Line Parameters and Steady-State Operation. The Impedance Model (Zbus), Admittance Model (Ybus) and Network Calculations. Power Flow Analysis, Economic and Reliable Operation of Power Systems, Symmetrical Fault Analysis, Power Distribution Systems, Architecture and Composition of Industrial Power System

ECE 6327 Smart Grid Systems

Basic of Smart Grid, Definition and Applications. Smart switches, Self-healing, Communication Technologies, Two-way Digital Communications Paradigm and Network Architectures, Wireless Standards (Protocols: Zigbee, WiFi, WiMax), Smart metering and Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Local Area Networks: Home network and HEN (home energy management), Wide Area Wireless mesh networking. Cyber Security Challenges. Smart Appliances and load modeling (economic view point). Electric Vehicles and Vehicle-to-Grid Systems. Distribution network reconfiguration and other intelligent distribution control methods.

ECE 6329 Power System Protection, Monitoring and Control

Protection Basics; Instrument Transformers; Grounding schemes, fault detection and identification; Distribution Protection, Instantaneous overcurrent protection, Time overcurrent protection, Bus protection, Differential Protection; Protection of Transformer, Generator, and Motors. Phase Distance Schemes, Ground Distance Scheme, Supervising element, and Fault Type Selection Logic; Communication Aided Distance Protection; Line Current Differential Protection; Phasor Measurement units; Synchrophasor Vector Processor; Wide area protection.

ECE 6334 High Voltage Electrical Substations Design and Architecture

Industrial substation configuration and composition; cable and busway system design, installation, protection and testing; switching apparatus fundamentals, types, calculation, design, operation, protection; capacitor switching; surge nature, insulation characteristics; system neutrals; arresters, grounding, static lightning protection; insulation coordination; substation planning, design, construction, automation, operation. HVDC and FACTS

ECE 6305 Power Electronics Converters and Control

Power Electronics and applications; Review of power devices including wide band gap devices. Harmonics and power factor in non-sinusoidal systems. AC-DC Phase Controlled Thyristor Converters. DC-DC converters: Buck, Boost, and Buck-Boost converters. Flyback, Cuk, and Full bridge converters. DC-AC Inverters: Square wave, Sinusoidal, Space Vector PWM, and current regulated inverters. Introduction to Active Rectifiers, Resonant Converters, and Multi-level converters.

ECE 6319 Transformers and Electric Machines

Transformers for power supplies and power distribution: Basics and operation, Equivalent circuits. Introduction to torque production in DC and AC motors. Operation, analysis, and dynamics of induction, synchronous, reluctance, and permanent magnet motors; Introduction to finite element analysis of electric machinery. Electromagnetic, structural, and thermal fields in electric machines; National Electric Code (NEC) applied in the industrial environment; standards for motors

ECE 6317 Adjustable speed Motor Drive systems

Control equipment for motors and generators; motor starting. Steady state and dynamic performance of electric machines – induction, synchronous, reluctance, and PM machines. Two axis models of AC machines and AC drives. Control characteristics of electric machines and control methodologies. Direct torque and flux control and current regulated controllers. Field orientation control techniques – stator flux, rotor flux, and air gap flux orientation.

ECE 6343 Renewable Energy and Distributed Power Generation

Fundamentals of Energy. Sustainability and renewable energy. Interconnection of energy and environment. Grid synchronization. Renewable energy sources and availability. Basics of hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and fuel cell systems. Power Converters and drives for energy conversion. Converters and controllers for integration of renewable energy sources. Solar and wind energy technologies and system design. Hybrid power generation systems. Grid energy storage systems. Introduction to Microgrids and energy management. Microgrids and Energy Management. Control of Microgrids.

ECE 6318 Advanced Power Converters and Applications

Pulse width modulation of converters and inverters. Soft switching converters. High frequency resonant converters. Power factor correction rectifiers and distributed power systems. Active rectifiers. Multi-level converters. Matrix converters. Multiple input converters. Applications for transportation, electrification of oil and gas, and wireless power transfer.

Applicants

The targeted applicants for this program are practicing power and power electronics engineers with a minimum level of a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. Applicants with a bachelor degree in technology or a related science field will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This program serves students outside the normal Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Moreover, the successful completion of a certificate does not constitute admissions into a Master’s Degree program.

Faculty

The teaching of this curriculum will be from the faculty of ECE department and also some industry experts.

Prof. Kaushik Rajashekara Director of Power & Energy Systems Program and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: Power electronics and Drive Systems, Microgrids and Renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Harish S. Krishnamoorthy Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: Power electronics, high power density converters, electric vehicles, power supply design and Microgrids.

Program Administration

The program will be administrated by Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara, Director of Power and Energy Systems and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For any questions, please contact the Academic Advisor Nafeesa Lynn at nlynn@central.uh.edu.

Certificate GPA Requirement

The minimum cumulative GPA requirement necessary to receive the proposed graduate certificate is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.