This capstone course helps the students fully appreciate their acquired knowledge by working on semester-long projects in the area of electrical energy conversion systems, their control and management. This course will draw on engineering background in control systems, computer engineering, telecommunications, digital signal processing, power electronics and power systems. The students can choose from a list of recommended projects or propose their own projects relevant to power generation, energy management, power quality control, communication security, renewable generation, environmental issues, and other similar problems. Students will go through a real life product development cycle from identifying the need for a solution, producing the specifications, designing and simulating it, and finally implementing it. Lectures provide supplemental discussions of simulations, planning, progress reporting, using available resources, and general project management from the beginning to the end. Lectures will also address engineering ethics, standard and open source and hardware intellectual property rights and copyright laws in general.
This course is currently being offered.