Center for Energy Systems and Control (CESaC)



Consistent with the requirements of the Howard University Graduate School and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), our graduate program guidelines used by CESaC for students pursuing MS or Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Energy Systems and Control was developed. The guidelines reflect our multi-disciplinary approach of delivering a complete curriculum to our students. Our syllabi are modified to meet research needs and new materials are added via courseware development. Our graduate program guidelines for undertaking advance degrees in energy systems and controls are as follows:

Program Plan for the MSEE Degree

Students are expected to register for at least nine (9) semester credit hours during the first three semesters. This plan provides flexibility to ensure that students with a power systems background can complete the program in 2 years.

First Semester Second Semester
  • Advanced Engineering Analysis A
  • Linear Digital Control Systems I
  • Power Systems Control
  • Optimization Theory
  • Computer Language Course
  • Advanced Engineering Analysis B
  • Linear Digital Control Systems II
  • Probability and Random Processes
  • Knowledge-Based Systems and Engineering
Third Semester Fourth Semester
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computer Aided Power Systems
  • Advanced Power Electronics
  • Special Topics in Controls
  • Project (3 credits)
  • Thesis (3 credits)
  • Thesis (3 credits)
    Note: Upper level undergraduate courses in power are available for students without prior background in power systems. Those courses are:
  • Power System Analysis I
  • Power Communication and Control
  • Power Electronics

Suggested Courses for the Ph.D. Degree

Core Courses Suggested Elective Courses Suggested (Engineering)
  • Control Theory
  • Advance Power Systems Control
  • Advanced Power Systems
  • Optimization Theory
  • Next Generation Power Systems Optimization
  • Dissertation (12 credits)
  • Optimal Control
  • State Estimation & Filtering
  • Special Topics in Power Systems
  • Real Analysis I & 11
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Power Systems
  • Knowledge-Based Systems and Engineering
  • Advanced Power Electronics
Elective Courses Suggested (Cross-Disciplinary)
  • Price Theory I & II
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Macro- / Micro- Economics
  • Power Markets and Economics


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