We are committed to developing a world-class Power Electronics program for both Graduate and Undergraduate students. This program will help students to develop a strong theoretical understanding of core principles and a design-oriented intuition. With access to the lab's state-of-the-art equipment, students will augment their knowledge with hands-on laboratory experience. At the end of the Power Electronics course sequence, our students are equipped with core analytic tools in power electronics, energy conversion and power systems, digital control, and analog circuit design. These skills combined with lab experience give our students an understanding of the "big picture" and a drive to apply their skills in new and exciting application areas such as electric vehicles, computing systems, and micro-grids.
The undergraduate course sequence builds on the foundation of Linear Systems & Signals (ECE 3620 & 3640), Microelectronics (ECE 3410) and Microcontroller Hardware and Software (ECE 3710) to introduce the core principles of Power Electronics. Students interested in Power Electronics should consider taking these classes alongside the Power Electronics course sequence:
- ECE 5310 - Control Systems
- ECE 5420 - Microelectronics II
The graduate program leverages the strong focus areas at USU in control systems, EM / Microwave, and IC design, and will add courses in power electronics, energy conversion, and power systems. Graduate students are able to take courses on the electric vehicle drive train, culminating in a group-based electric bicycle design and competition.