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 6377 Power System Analysis
ECE 6327 Smart Grid Systems

In addition, students must take one of the following courses:
ECE 6329 Protection and Monitoring of Power System Infrastructure
ECE 6379 Power System Operations and Modeling
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 6377 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, Transient Stability, Power Distribution Systems.
Prerequisites: ECE4363 or consent of instructor

ECE 6327 Smart Grid Systems

Basic of Smart Grid, Definition and Applications. Self-healing, Smart metering and Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Corrective transmission switching, state estimation, PMU, wide area monitoring systems (WAMS), Cyber Security Challenges and power system cyber-attack, microgrid sizing and energy management, demand response, energy storage, integration of electric vehicle into the grid.
Prerequisites: ECE5377/6326 or ECE 6379 or consent of instructor

ECE 6329 Protection and Monitoring of Power System Infrastructure

Protection measurement and control basics. Characteristics of relays, circuit breakers, fuses, reclosers. Substation composition and configuration; switching apparatus fundamentals. Fault detection and calculation; protection schemes. Transmission line faults and protections; impedance and equivalence calculations. Protection of buses, transformers, motors, generators. HVDC and SSR protection, FACTS. Wide-area protection via Phasor Measurement Units.
Prerequisites: ECE5377/ECE6326 or consent of instructor

ECE 6379 Power System Operations and Modeling

Structure and overview of the electric power systems, transmission network, distribution network, AC and DC power flow, contingency analysis, optimal power flow, sensitivity factors, unit commitment, reliability analysis, stability, optimization problem formulation, constraints, and solution techniques, introduction to deregulated power energy markets, locational marginal price.
Prerequisites: ECE5377/6326 or consent of instructor.

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. Active Rectifiers.
Prerequisites: ECE5380 or consent of the Instructor.

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
Prerequisites: ECE4363 or consent of the instructor.

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.
Prerequisites: ECE6305 or consent of the Instructor.

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.
Prerequisites: ECE 5380/ECE6305 or consent of the instructor

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.
Prerequisites: ECE 6305 or consent of instructor

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.

Dr. Xingpeng Li Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: Smart grid, power system operations, planning and optimization, interoperability of multiple infrastructure systems.

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 Kelly King at knking2@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.