ECE Focus Area: Control Systems (Electrical)

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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)
ECE:3330 Software Design
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems & Systems Software
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
Depth Elective
(select one)
ECE:5600 Control Theory
ECE:5640 Computer- Based Control
5000-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing
ECE:5500 Communication Theory
ECE:5530 Wireless Sensor Networks
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and
MATH:4200 Complex Variables*
ECE:5420 Power Electronics
ECE:5430 Electric Power Systems
ECE:5620 Electric Drive Systems
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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