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.
The power electronics field has evolved rapidly with the advances in technology and introduction of many new application areas. As a result, it is likely that currently required knowledge and skills were not in the curricula when many of today's professionals were in college. This creates strong demand for continuing education of the workforce in the area of power electronics.
As an international leader in the field of power electronics engineering, the University of Colorado Boulder MS-EE’s power curriculum addresses this demand for skilled power electronics design engineers, covering switching power supplies, DC-DC converters, inverters, power factor correction converters and LED lighting drivers — just a few examples of power electronics circuits that employ high-frequency switching circuits to convert and condition electrical power. Power electronics is an integral part of most electronic systems, yet most engineers have little of the background required to understand and design these circuits, including their control systems and magnetics. The power electronics curriculum emphasizes fundamentals and application in the power electronics field. The program enables working electrical engineers to gain the foundation needed for the practice of power electronics. This domain competency applies to end markets such as power management, portable power, computer systems, medical applications, spacecraft power systems, the automotive industry, renewable energy and the utilities.