Power electronics is a key enabling technology in essentially all electronic systems and is increasingly important in the grid interface of renewable energy sources and in efficient electrical loads. The necessity for power electronics technology in these rapidly expanding areas creates an increasing need for design engineers equipped with knowledge and skills to actively participate in multidisciplinary teams.
Our Professional Master's Program offers an MS degree through the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Through flexible core course options and electives, students enrolled in this program pursue a 30-credit hour MS degree. A 9-credit hour professional certificate is also available.
Most of the Power Electronics courses offer distance-learning options through the Graduate School.
- ECEN 5797 Introduction to Power Electronics (offered every fall semester)
- ECEN 5807 Modeling and Control of Power Electronics Systems (offered alternate spring semesters including spring 2017)
- ECEN 5817 Resonant and Soft Switching Phenomena in Power Electronics (offered alternate spring semesters including spring 2016)
The degree also requires completion of two laboratory courses in power electronics:
- ECEN 5517 Photovoltaic Power Electronics Laboratory (offered every spring semester)
- ECEN5xx7 Project Laboratory in Power Electronics (offered every fall semester beginning F2017)
These courses provide practical laboratory and design experience of specific relevance to the practice of power electronics. The above two laboratory courses are not available online; however, distance students who can demonstrate significant laboratory experience in power electronics may petition to substitute technical courses from the list below.
An additional power electronics elective course is chosen from the pool of Power Electronics Program electives listed below. The remaining four courses must include at least three approved technical electives.
- ECEN 5017 Power Electronics for Electric Drivetrain Vehicles (offered every fall semester)
- ECEN 5xx7 Electric Machines (to be offered beginning 2017)
- ECEN 5737 Adjustable Speed AC Drives (offered every spring semester)
Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design
- ECEN 5827 Analog IC Design (offered every fall semester)
- ECEN 5837 Mixed-Signal IC Design Lab (offered alternate spring semesters)
- ECEN5xx8 Integrated Circuits and Devices for Power Electronics (to be offered in alternate spring semesters)
Grid Integration of Renewables
These courses are currently under development, to be offered starting in the 2016-17 academic year.
- ECEN 5xx7 Control of Power Electronics in AC Systems and Micrograms
- ECEN 5xx7 Renewable Energy and the Future Power Grid
- ECEN 5xx7 Advances in Control and Optimization of Power Systems
- ECEN 5xx7 Power System Analysis
The final three courses must be technical electives approved by the student's advisor. Recommended electives include courses in control systems, RF/microwaves and engineering management.
- ECEN 5797 Introduction to Power Electronics (Offered every fall. Prerequisite: completion of basic undergraduate courses in circuits and electronics)
- ECEN 5807 Modeling and Control of Power Electronics Systems (Offered in alternate springs. Prerequisite: ECEN 5797)
- ECEN 5817 Resonant and Soft Switching Techniques in Power Electronics (Offered in alternate springs. Prerequisite: ECEN 5797. ECEN 5807 is not prerequisite for this course)
Each semester-long course requires completion of 10 to 12 homework assignments, a midterm exam and a final exam. The graduates of this program will have successfully demonstrated their abilities in the subjects of all three courses listed above, to the satisfaction of the faculty of the Colorado Power Electronics Center. Please note that transfer credit is not accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
For information on how this certificate fits into a graduate degree in electrical and computer engineering, contact Graduate Advisor Adam Sadoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a graduate-level course through the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering Department, contact Adam Sadoff. To register for a distance learning course through CU Boulder Connect, check their website for schedule and application information.