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Advanced Power Systems Engineering Certificate

Program Overview

To earn the Advanced Power Systems Engineering certificate, a student must successfully complete four of five classes in the areas of power systems protection, dynamics/stability, transients, and distribution as described below. This certificate program is intended for students who already possess a working knowledge of modern power systems. A prerequisite for entering this program is a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. There are also course-specific prerequisites and corequisites for each course as shown below.


ECE 8160 Electric Power Distribution System Engineering 3(3,0) - Radial circuit analysis techniques, feeder and transformer modeling, load modeling, loss minimalization and voltage control, causes of power quality problems, motor starting analysis, strategies for analyzing impacts of disturbances. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 – Power System Analysis before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8170 Power System Transients 3(3,0) - Electrical transients in power systems; frequency domain and time domain techniques for power systems transient analysis; capacitor switching, load switching, fault-induced transients, line reclosing and single pole switching. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 – Power System Analysis before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8240 Power System Protection 3(3,0) - Coordination of power system protection components including microprocessor based relay-adaptive protection of power system, power system disturbance identification and system restoration following a major disturbance. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 – Power System Analysis before enrolling in this course; and are expected to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a course comparable to MATH 4340 – Advanced Engineering Mathematics when enrolling in this course.

ECE 8620 Real Time Computer Application in Power Systems 3(3,0) - Principles of monitoring, control and operation of power systems; load frequency control, on-line load flow, power system state estimation, unit commitment and load forecasting. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 – Power System Analysis before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8630 Power System Dynamics and Stability 3(3,0) - Modeling of synchronous machines and their control systems; power system stability for small and large disturbances; excitation systems, governor control, power system stabilizers and state variables formulation for power systems dynamic stability studies. Students are expected to have completed courses comparable to ECE 4180 – Power System Analysis and ECE 4190 – Electric Machines and Drives before enrolling in this course.

Before you formally apply for entry into this program, we need to perform an evaluation of your background to make sure that you are suitably prepared to take the certificate courses involved. Please send a transcript showing completion of a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and any other supporting evidence that you have the necessary background for this program. Please send this information via email to Dr. Harlan Russell, ECE Graduate Program Coordinator, hrussel@clemson.edu. After our evaluation, if we believe your background is adequate, we will invite you to formally apply for the program, using one of the links below. 

How to apply if you are not a Clemson student.

How to apply if you are a Clemson student. 

  • Dominion Energy Innovation Center Labs and Testbeds
    • Wind Turbine Drivetrain Test Facilities (7.5 MW & 15 MW)
    • 15 MW Duke Energy Electrical Grid Research Innovation & Development Center (eGRID)
      • eGRID – 15 MW Dynamic grid emulation (steady-state, dynamic, and faults).
    • Real-time Power-HiL Simulation facility with electrical / mechanical testbeds
    • Power electronics development lab (Under Development)
  • Zucker Graduate Education Center Labs and Platforms (Under Development)
    • Grid of the Future Operations and Energy Management with B-t-M and scaled HIL simulations
    • Servers and planning tools for Integrated System Planning with emphasis on Cyber-Physical Security with link to HPC via Light Rail.
    • Campus Solar PV, Energy Storage and EV Charging Living Laboratory Interface

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For More Information:

Dr. Harlan Russell
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator
harlanr@clemson.edu

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