The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduate Programs | ECE | Virginia Tech

Emphasis in Electronic Power Systems

Electronic Power Systems are the "enabling infrastructure technology" that promotes the conversion and distribution of electrical power from its raw form to the form needed by machines, motors, and electronic equipment. Virginia Tech has the largest university-based power electronics research program in the country and has developed technology for inverters that achieve greater than 99 percent peak efficiency. The MEng degree with an emphasis in Electronic Power Systems provides a curriculum that enables graduates to develop devices, models, simulations, and algorithms to study and control the power distribution system, with the goal of preventing blackouts, integrating renewable energy, and making this critical infrastructure more reliable and more secure around the world.


Required Courses: 3 or 4 Credit Hours

ECE 4224 – Power Electronics (3C) – (Dushan Boroyevich, Northern Virginia) AND
ECE 4284 – Power Electronics Lab (1C) – [Power Electronics] (Igor Cvetkovic or Jun Wang, Northern Virginia), OR
ECE 4334 – Power System Analysis and Control (3C) – (Lamine Mili, Northern Virginia)

Required Courses (4 of the following): 12 Credit Hours

ECE 5234 – EMI and Noise Reduction Techniques and Filter Design (3C) – (Dong Dong, Blacksburg-Zoom)
ECE 5274 – Modeling and Control of Three-Phase PWM Converters (3C) – (Jun Wang, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5314 – Power System Operation and Control (3C) – (Lamine Mili, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5324 – Power System Planning (3C) – (Lamine Mili, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5334 – Electric Machines and Transients (3C) – (Mona Ghassemi, Blacksburg-Zoom)
ECE 5374G – Advanced Alternate Energy Systems (3C) – (Saifur Rahman, Online/Northern Virginia)
ECE 5744 – Linear Systems Theory (3C) – (Dan Stilwell, Blacksburg-Zoom)
ECE 5984 – Electronic Packaging (3C) – (Christina DiMarino, Northern Virginia)

Suggested Out-of-Area and Out-of-Department Courses (2 of the following): 6 Credit Hours

ECE 5480 – Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (3C) – (Kendall Giles, On-line/Northern Virginia)
ECE 5585 – IT Security and Trust I (3C) – (Randy Marchany, Online)
ENGR 5004 – The Systems Engineering Process (3C) – (A. Salado Diez, Online)
ISE 5164 – Transfer and Application of Emerging Technology (3C) – (Ken Harmon, Online/Northern Virginia)
ISE 5174 – Engineering Program and Project Management (3C) – (Ken Harmon, Online/Northern Virginia)

Required Courses (2 Semesters of Seminar): 2 Credit Hours

ECE 5944 – Seminar (1C) – (Paul Plassmann, Blacksburg/Northern Virginia-Zoom/Recorded)

Required Courses (Final Project and Report): 3 Credit Hours

ECE 5904 – Project and Report (3C) – (Faculty Advisor, Northern Virginia)

Elective Courses (2 ECE or Related Area Courses): 6 Credit Hours

Examples include:

ECE 5424G Advanced Machine Learning (3C) – (Joseph Wang, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5454 – Optimization Techniques for Electrical and Computer Engineering (3C) – (Guoqiang Yu, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5504 – Computer Architecture (3C) – (JoAnn Paul, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5554 – Computer Vision (3C) – (Joseph Wang, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5605 – Stochastic Signals and Systems (3C) – (Guoqiang Yu, Northern Virginia)
ECE 5984 -- Quantum Engineering (3C) – (Vassilios Kovanis, Northern Virginia)

Total Credit Hours: 32 (comprised of 27 credit hours of graded courses, 2 credit hours of Seminar, and 3 credit hours of Project and Report)

Example Curriculum

Accelerated MEng Degree Program – Electronic Power Systems

Fall Semester

ECE 4224 (3C)
ECE 4284 (1C)
ECE 5744 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ECE 5204 (3C)
ECE 5234 (3C)
ISE 5174 (3C)
ECE 5984 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer I & II

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5314 (3C)

Three-Semester MEng Degree Program – Electronic Power Systems

Fall Semester

ECE 4224 (3C)
ECE 4284 (1C)
ECE 5744 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ECE 5204 (3C)
ISE 5174 (3C)
ECE 5984 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer

Summer Internship
GRAD 5944 (for International Students)

Fall Semester

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5234 (3C)
ECE 5314 (3C)

Electronic Power Systems Northern Virginia Faculty

 
Dr. Dushan Boroyevich Dr. Igor Cvetkovic Dr. Christina DiMarino Dr. Lamine Mili
Dushan Boroyevich Igor Cvetkovic Christina DiMarino Lamine Mili
Graduate Program Director

Dr. Saifur Rahman Dr. Jun Wang
Saifur Rahman Jun Wang
 

 

Faculty Profiles

Dushan Boroyevich

University Distinguished Professor and Director of CPES

Dr. Dushan Boroyevich

Dr. Dushan Boroyevich received his Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade in 1976 and his M.S. degree from the University of Novi Sad in 1982, in what then used to be Yugoslavia. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from Virginia Tech. From 1986 to 1990, he was an assistant professor and director of the Power and Industrial Electronics Research Program in the Institute for Power and Electronic Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. He then joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech as associate professor. He is now University Distinguished Professor and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation in Energy Systems at Virginia Tech, and Director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems.

Dr. Boroyevich has led numerous research projects in the areas of multi-phase power conversion, electronic power distribution systems, modeling and control, and multi-disciplinary design optimization. He has advised over 40 Ph.D. and 40 M.S. students to graduation and has co-authored with them over 700 papers.

Dr. Boroyevich was the president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) for 2011-12. He is a Fellow of IEEE and recipient of numerous awards, including the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Technical Field Award, the IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen Distinguished Service Award, European Power Electronics Association (EPE) Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Award for Outstanding Achievements and Service to Profession by the European Power Electronics and Motion Control Council. He is an Honorary Professor at the Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China, and received the K.T. Li Chair Professor Award at the National Cheng Kung University, in Tainan, Taiwan. Dushan was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2014 for advancements in control, modeling, and design of electronic power conversion for electric energy and transportation.

Dr. Boroyevich’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

  • Power Electronics

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 4224: Power Electronics

Igor Cvetkovic

Technical Director of CPES

Dr. Igor Cvetkovic

Dr. Igor Cvetkovic received his Dipl. Ing. Degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2004 (area - Power Systems). After working several years for the Electric Power Industry of Serbia as an Engineer for Regulation and Maintenance of Power Electronics Equipment at the Nikola Tesla Power Plant, Igor joined Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, USA in 2007 as a visiting scholar. Year later, he started Direct Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech, and completed his M.S. degree in Power Electronics in 2010. The same year he started working full-time as a research engineer at CPES while in parallel pursuing his doctorate part-time. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2017 and is now working as a Research Scientist and a Technical Director at CPES. Igor is a member of IEEE, and his research interests include ac- and dc- electronic power distribution systems design and stability, as well as power electronics-based system-level modeling and control.

Dr. Cvetkovic’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

  • Electrical Power System Architectures and Management

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 4284: Power Electronics Lab

Christina DiMarino

Assistant Professor of ECE and Assistant Director of CPES

Dr. Christina DiMarinoDr. Christina DiMarino is an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. She has been the assistant director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) since 2017. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014 and 2018, respectively. She was a Webber Fellow from 2012 to 2015, and a Rolls-Royce Graduate Fellow from 2016 to 2017.

From 2015 to 2018, she was the student membership chair for the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS). She is currently on the committees for the PELS Students and Young Professionals, IEEE International Technology Roadmap for Wide-Bandgap Power Semiconductors, and PELS Mentorship Program. She has received five best presentation and paper awards at international conferences.

Dr. DiMarino’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:
Power electronics, electronics packaging, high density integration, wide-bandgap power semiconductors, high voltage, high temperature

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 5984: Electronics Packaging

Faculty Profiles

Lamine Mili

Graduate Program Director and Professor of ECE

Dr. Lamine MiliDr. Lamine Mili is a Professor and Program Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Northern Virginia Center of Virginia Tech. He is IEEE Life Fellow for contributions to robust state estimation of electric power systems. He has five years of industrial experience with the Tunisian electric utility, STEG. At STEG, he worked in the planning department from 1976 till 1979 and then at the Test and Meter Laboratory from 1979 till 1981. He was a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Grenoble Institute of Technology and the École Supérieure d’Électricité in in France, the École Polytechnique de Tunisie, in Tunisia, and did consulting work for Hydro-Quebec and the French Power Transmission company, RTE. He gave seminars and taught short courses at electric utilities in the USA, France, Belgium, Brazil, and Tunisia. His research has focused on power system planning for enhanced resiliency and sustainability, risk management of complex systems to catastrophic failures, robust state estimation and control, non-linear dynamics, bifurcation theory, geomagnetic induced current detection, speech processing, and communications and radar systems. He has published over two hundred technical papers and edited one book on electric market design and planning for electric power systems and a second book on operation and control of electric energy processing systems. He is the co-founder of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures.

Dr. Mili’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:
Power system planning for enhanced resiliency and sustainability, risk management of complex systems to catastrophic failures, robust state estimation and control, non-linear dynamics, bifurcation theory, geomagnetic induced current detection, speech processing, and communications and radar systems.

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 5314: Power system operation and control
  • ECE 5324: Power system Planning
  • ECE 6334: Computational methods in power
  • ECE 6354: Power system dynamics and control
  • ECE 5605: Stochastic signals and systems
  • ECE 5636: Radar system analysis and design II
  • ECE 5714: Robust estimation and filtering

Saifur Rahman

Joseph Loring Professor of ECE and Director of ARI

Dr. Saifur RahmanDr. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 130 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He serves on the Virginia Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency. He also serves as a senior technical expert of China Global Energy Interconnection Development Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO).

Dr. Rahman joined Virginia Tech in 1979 as an assistant professor after serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University from 1978-79, later on becoming a full professor of electrical engineering at Virginia Tech in 1987. In 2005 he was named the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university. In 1992-93 he spent a year with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan as a research engineer in their Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Upon his return to the university, he was named the director of the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Virginia Tech in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rahman joined the U.S. National Science Foundation as the program director in the Engineering Directorate in charge of the Energy Systems Program, a position he held until September 1999. He has served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Rahman’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

  • Sensors and senor integration and Internet of Things (IoT), especially as it relates to building energy management, remote monitoring and control and indoor environment management.
  • Renewable energy and storage and their integration into the electric power grid.
  • Smart grid, smart cities and smart buildings
  • Transactive energy and peer-to-peer energy exchange using the blockchain technology.

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 5374G: Alternate Energy Systems

Jun Wang

Research Assistant Professor in CPES

Dr. Jun WangDr. Jun Wang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. From 2010 to 2012, he was with GE Power Conversion working on design, integration, and test of medium-voltage mega-Watt grid-interfaced converters and motor drives. He was enrolled in the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), Virginia Tech, in 2012 and received his Ph.D. in 2017. Now he is a research assistant professor in the CPES.

Dr. Wang’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

Modeling, control, and design of multilevel converters for medium-voltage direct current (MVDC) and grid applications. Silicon-Carbide (SiC) MOSFET-based modular multilevel converters with a distributed control system. High-bandwidth sensing techniques for protection, control, diagnostics, and lifetime prediction of large-scale high-power conversion systems.

ECE Graduate Courses:

  • ECE 5254: Power Converter Modeling and Control
  • ECE 5274: Modeling and Control of Three-Phase PWM Converters