Fall 2019 Grauduate Student Orientation

Fall 2017 Power System Analysis Syllabus Tentative Schedule

Spring 2017 Power Systems II Syllabus

Recommended Curriculum

If you are considering a career in electric power engineering, below is a list of recommended courses.

Undergraduate Courses

Math: Calculus
Physics: Physics for undergraduate students to understand electricity, electromagnetics, electrostatics, etc.
General EE:
  • Circuits
  • Linear System Analysis
  • Control and Systems
  • Electromagnetics
Power Engineering:
  • Electric Machines
    (Faraday's law and its application in static time varying magnetic field and rotating magnetic field)
  • Power Systems
    (circuit analysis' application in electric power systems including generation, transmission, transformer and load; power system operation; power system protection; power system dynamics and control )
  • Power Electronics
    (Conversion between different types of electricity: dc-dc, dc-ac, ac-dc, ac-ac using semiconductor switch based converters)

Graduate Courses

Area of Focus in Optimization

Optimization problems include: power system operation, state estimation & planning, demand response etc.

  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability
  • Convex Optimization

Recommend to watch Stephen Boyd (Stanford University) linear dynamical systems and convex optimization lectures.
Power courses:
  • Power System Analysis
  • Power Markets
  • Power System Operation

Classic textbooks must read:
  • A. Bergen's Power System Analysis
  • Wood/Wollenber's Power Generator, Operation and Control

Area of Focus in Power Electronic based Applications

Application areas: dynamic modeling and control of HVDC, renewables, microgrids.

  • Linear Algebra
  • Fourier analysis
  • Signal Processing

Recommend to watch Stephen Boyd (Stanford University) linear dynamical systems and convex optimization lectures.
Control courses:
  • Classical Control
  • Modern Control
  • Optimal Control & Nonlinear Control
Power courses:
  • Power Electronics
  • Machines
  • Power System Modeling and Control

Classic textbooks must read:
  • Kundur Power system stability and control
  • P. Krause, Analysis of Electric Machines
  • Power Electronic textbooks



PMU Based Estimation
  1. PMU based parameter estimation NASPI workshop March 2012
  1. Control of a Back-to-Back VSC System from Grid-Connected mode to Islanded Mode in Microgrids , IEEE EnergyTech 2011.
Wind Energy Delivery System
  1. Coordination between DFIG-based Wind Farms and LCC-HVDC Transmission Considering Limiting Factors, IEEE EnergyTech 2011.
  2. Sensorless Maximum Power Point Tracking in Multi-Type Wind Energy Conversion Systems, IEEE CDC 2009
  3. Fault Ride Through Techniques of DFIG-based Wind Energy Systems, IEEE CDC 2009
  4. Harmonic Analysis of a DFIG for a Wind Energy Conversion System, IEEE T&D 2010
  5. Wind Farm with HVDC Delivery, IEEE T&D 2010



Fall 2013

EEL 6936/4936
Machines and AC Drives

Course outline

Spring 2013

EEL 6936/4936
Power Electronics
Instructor: Lingling Fan
Meeting time: T, Th 11:00am-12:15pm

This course examines the application of power electronics in electricity conversion between different forms, e.g., dc to ac, dc to dc (from one voltage level to another). Topics covered include basic principles of switch mode power conversion, modeling and control of dc-dc converters, analysis and design of magnetic components and filters; PWM voltage source inverters and rectifiers, grid interface of renewable soures, and applicaitons of power electronics in motor control.

Course outline
Course syllabus

EEL 6935/ESI 6935
Power Systems and Market: Operation and Analysis
Instructor: Lingling Fan, Bo Zeng & Tapas Das

This course aims to present the backgrounds, state-of-the-art and challenges in current power systems, the operational models and computational methods, the basic economics on electricity and carbon market as well as system expansion and investment. After the course, students will master a set of computer programs and packages for energy system analysis and market operations.

Course outline

EEL 6936/4936
Power Systems II
Instructor: Zhixin Miao

Fall 2012

EEL 5250/4935
Power Systems Analysis

This course will introduce steady-state analysis for ac power systems. The topics covered in this course include circuit models for power system components, per unit system, load flow analysis, voltage stability, economic dispatch, optimal power flow and state estimation. The course will help students understand operation and planning work in power utilities and delve into the state-of-the-art research in power system analysis. Tools such as Matlab, Optimization Toolbox, MatPower are used in homework.

EEL 5935/4935
Energy Delivery System

This is a graduate course aiming to introduce students the energy delivery systems for wind and solar. Voltage-source converter based power converter technology is examined for its capability of converting various forms of electricity, meeting grid demand and efficient harvesting of renewable energy. Commercial software PSCAD is used throughout the course for demonstration, homework and course project.

EGN 3375
Electromechanical Energy Conversion

Offered every semester. This is an undergraduate required course. Course topics: Farady law, pricipal of time-varying magnetic field voltage induction and its application in transformer, principal of ac voltage induced from rotating magnetic field and its applications in rotating ac machines, induction machine, synchronous machine and dc machines.

Spring 2012

EEL 6936
Power Quality Analysis of AC/DC Systems
Instructor: Lingling Fan

This course will focus power quality or harmonic analysis in power electronic embedded systems. The course will have two parts: theoretic part and application part. In Part 1, impedance based modeling and analysis techniques will be introduced. In Part 2, four applications: wind energy converter and grid interaction, high voltage dc systems (HVDC) for flexible power routing in smart grid, solid-state or universal transformers, and fuel cell/electrical vehicles, will be examined. Energy and power management, stability and harmonics in these systems will be examined using various tools including modal analysis, frequency response, and time-domain simulation.

EEL 6936/4936
Power Systems II
Instructor: Zhixin Miao

This course focuses on power system dynamics and protection. Detailed synchronous generator electromagnetic circuit modeling using Park's transformation will be first introduced. Simplified models are then derived for different time-scales. With the knowledge of generator behavior at subtransient, transient and steady-state, students are then given the problem of protection system design based on fault currents and other measurements. Power system transient stability, interconnected system voltage and frequency control will also be examined using the dynamic models. Through this class, students learn to apply dynamic system and control theory short into understanding short-term dynamic behavior of power systems and further design power system protection and control systems.