ECE Focus Area: Control Systems (Electrical)

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Overview

Control Engineers make systems work predictably and efficiently. Improvements in many aspects of our lives depend on control systems. Examples range from room temperature control, to automobile/airplane control, to refrigerator/dishwasher control to, a large manufacturing plant or urban traffic control.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of control systems area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in feedback control, signal processing, differential equations, dynamics, power systems and energy conversion.

Control Engineers find employment in a variety of industries including the automobile industry; the utility, energy and power industries; the aerospace industry; manufacturing; health care, electronics, information technology, management and, more generally, anywhere a system must work efficiently and predictably.

Students interested in the Control Systems elective focus area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
055:033 (ECE:3330) Software Design
055:036 (ECE:3360) Embedded Systems & Systems Software
055:054 (ECE:3540) Communication Networks
Depth Elective
(select one)
055:160 (ECE:5600) Control Theory
055:164 (ECE:5640) Computer Based Control
100-Level ECE
Electives
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
055:146 (ECE:5460) Digital Signal Processing
055:150 (ECE:5500) Communication Theory
055:153 (ECE:5530) Wireless Sensor Networks
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 100-level ECE electives listed above and
22M:118 (MATH:4200) Complex Variables*
055:142 (ECE:5420) Power Electronics
055:143 (ECE:5430) Electric Power Systems
055:162 (ECE:5620) Electric Drive Systems
055:163 (ECE:5630) Sustainable Energy Conversion
Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

     * A Mathematics minor can be earned by completing one qualifying Math course.

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