Power Engineering ME-EE


Program Summary

Format: Online, On-site, Hybrid

Locations: Potsdam

Credit Hours:


Cost: Per Credit Hour

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The Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Engineering is available for students that have a BS in Electrical Engineering or from another engineering discipline.

Requirements for the Masters of Engineering (ME) degree with a concentration in Electric Power are:

  • Total of 30 graduate credits
  • At least 6 electrical engineering courses, 4 of which are in the power engineering area
  • 21-27 credits of course work
  • 1-7 credits of ME project (option avail in Summer term)

The Power Engineering concentration allows students the maximum flexibility to design their program of study to meet their specific needs.

Sample options:

  • Student A may wish to concentrate strictly in the power area, taking 7 power engineering courses and conducting a significant 7 credit hour project in the power area.
  • Student B may wish to take 4 power engineering courses, 2 other engineering courses, 3 business courses and a 1 credit hour project.

Students select a faculty advisor to serve as both academic advisor and ME project advisor. The student should also select an industrial mentor for the project.

The extent of the ME project will be appropriate for the number of project credits selected.

The project topic will be selected through mutual agreement of the student, mentor, and advisor.

At the completion of the project work, students prepare a formal report and submit it to the project advisor. When the report is approved by the advisor, the project credits will be formally granted.


Power Engineering Concentration Graduate Courses (choose minimum 4):

EE 530 High Voltage Techniques and Measurements

Generation of high-voltage AC, DC and impulse. High-voltage dielectric loss measurements. Discharge measurements. High-voltage insulation problems. (Even Falls)

EE 531 Power System Planning

Long-term planning will identify a financially viable and physically feasible mix of resources, including traditional generation and transmission sources as well as advanced techniques such as renewable generation, demand response, and the microgrid, to enhance the overall reliability of power systems. This course will introduce the students generation and transmission expansion planning of a vertically integrated utility and in a competitive market. (Even falls)

EE 532 Advanced Electric Machines and Drives

Development of state models of conventional and electronically controlled electric machinery and drive systems. Use of linear transformations in the development of dynamic models of synchronous, induction, permanent magnet, and other rotating machinery, as well as electronically controlled drive systems. Study of the dynamic and transient characteristics of these machinery and drive systems by computer-aided methods. Study of the effects of electronic power conditioning and associated harmonics on the design of these machinery systems, including nonlinearities.

Prerequisite: EE 331 Energy Conversion or equivalent. (Even Springs)

EE 533 Operation and Control of Electric Power Systems

Course topics include: modeling of generators and transmission networks; security-constrained economic dispatch and security-constrained unit commitment formulations (linear programming and mixed-integer programming) and methodologies (dynamic programming, Lagrangian relaxation, and Benders decomposition); market clearing under different time scales; locational marginal price.

Prerequisite: EE 333 Power Systems Engineering or equivalent. (see Note below)

EE 534 Market Operation of Power Systems

Recent blackouts in the US and throughout the world provide a growing evidence that certain actions are urgently needed to ensure that the electricity sector will continue to provide reliable and affordable energy to its customers. This course will introduce the students to a comprehensive simulation and scheduling tool that is indispensable for operating the system economically and securely under the restructured environment. Students will have an in-depth understanding of Security-constrained Unit Commitment. Topics include modeling of units, MILP-based unit commitment, shifter factors and Benders Decomposition based transmission security checking, and impacts of various uncertainties.

Prerequisite: EE 333 Power System Engineering or equivalent (see Note below)

EE 535 Power System Reliability

Power System Reliability will take a close look at modern electric power systems from the generation/transmission/distribution capacity planning ( “adequacy”) point of view. The main topics will include the application of probability theory to power systems including generating capacity, loss of load expectation, expected energy not supplied, interruption frequency indices, interruption duration indices, and service availability indices. Course will cover the computational techniques for above probabilistic metrics of power system reliability. Commercial reliability software will be introduced into the class to help students get hands on experiences on industry power system reliability study. (Even Falls)

EE 536 – Advanced Topics in Energy Power Systems

This course is designed to discuss advanced topics in emerging power systems. In particular, this course will cover various issues related to the Microgrid. This course will discuss concepts, technical features, operational and management issues, economic viability and market participation in deregulated environment of Microgrid with the presence of significant distributed energy resources (DER).

Prerequisite: EE331 Energy Conversion. (see Note below)

EE 537 Power System Protection

Power system fault performance, protective system goals, fault sensing and protection algorithms. Applications to generator, transformer, bus transmission line, and distribution line protection. Distributed generation and the connection to the grid. (Odd Springs)

Prerequisite: EE 333, or knowledge of symmetrical components and fault current calculations

EE 539 Dielectrics

Dielectric properties of materials and polarization models. Complex permittivity and relaxation spectra. Electrical breakdown in gases, liquids and solids. (Odd Falls)

EE 554 Deregulated Power Systems

Deregulated Power Systems will take a close look at the restructuring of electric power systems and discuss the major differences between regulated and restructured power systems. The main topics will include the application of locational based marginal prices for electricity market clearing and contractual transmission rights for transmission pricing to hedge the financial risks. Course will cover the mathematical formulation and optimization based computational techniques for above market clearing mechanisms. The computations will be explained via MATLAB routines. Students are encouraged to develop a basic understanding of MATLAB during the course. The assignments will be easiest to implement in MATLAB, although other computing environments may be used. (Odd Falls)

NOTE: It is planned to rotate the offering of EE 533, EE 534 or EE 536 in the spring semesters.

*Course term dates and formats may vary

With approval from their advisor, students can transfer up to 10 credits from other institutions.

Double Numbered Courses: Certain courses are appropriate for both advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. These courses carry a senior level course number as well as a graduate level course number (i.e., EE 439/539 Dielectrics). Students with credit for this course material in their undergraduate programs cannot also get graduate credit for the same topical material. However, it is important to be able to offer these courses to ME students who do not have this background.

Students can apply to switch to the thesis based Masters of Science program if they have identified a power engineering faculty member who has agreed to advise their thesis research.

Schedule of studies. Students have flexibility to design their programs of study to meet their specific scheduling needs.

Optional 2 Yr Path: Take 2 courses per semester (fall/spring), a summer business course, and complete 1 credit hour project in the summer.

Optional 3 Yr Path: Take 1 engineering course per semester (fall/spring), a business course each summer, and complete a 4 credit hour project during their final year of study.


Admission Requirements

All Power Engineering Concentration students are admitted into the Masters of Engineering, Electrical Engineering program.

To apply on line, go to http://graduate.clarkson.edu/admissions.

For more information on the Masters of Engineering program, see the Coulter School of Engineering Graduate Student handbook, which can be accessed from: http://www.clarkson.edu/engineering/graduate/index.html


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If you are interested in learning more about the program contact:
Professor Thomas H. Ortmeyer

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