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Spring 2001

 

 

New Option Offered in Power Electronics

The ECE department has established a new option in power electronics for EE undergraduates. The program involves 15 credit hours of technical electives and is noted on a student's transcript.

Admission to the program is competitive and limited to no more than 30 students per year. Students must have junior standing.

Power electronics is a cross-disciplinary specialty involving the use of electronic circuits to convert and control electricity. The current shortage of power electronics engineers is expected to grow in coming years with expected breakthroughs in efficiency, affordability and reliability of power control systems.

Power electronics engineers are needed in many industries to develop specialized power electronics circuits, develop techniques to integrate power electronics devices, determine optimal configurations, design CAD software to enable non-specialists to incorporate devices, and apply developing technology to a variety of applications.

The new EE option involves three required courses, Power Electronics, Power Electronics Lab, and Electronics Circuit Design. The other eight credits may be selected from courses such as RC Active Filter Design, Electronic Circuit Design, Microelectronics, Control and Application of Electric Machines, Power System Analysis and Control, Alternate Energy Systems, and others.

The option was developed in collaboration with the Center for Power Electronics (CPES), an NSF Engineering Research Center headquartered at Tech. CPES is also offering undergraduate fellowships of $2,000 per year, research assistantships from $400 to $700 per month, and industrial internships in order to attract more students to the specialty.
For more information on the option or undergraduate fellowships, assistantships, and internships, please contact Elizabeth Tranter, CPES outreach director at etranter@vt.edu.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech


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