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Swanson School launches new online Electric Power Engineering certificate for professionals

PITTSBURGH  (July 8, 2013) … Industry professionals seeking to advance their knowledge of state-of-the-art electric power engineering while studying online now have in the opportunity to earn a post baccalaureate certificate in this increasingly important field. This fall, the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering launches its new Electric Power Engineering Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate  program available in either in-classroom or via the Swanson School's distance-enabled synchronous network. 

This 15-credit program, part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's graduate course offerings, is built around the principles of electric power engineering, enhanced reliability of electric power grid infrastructure, renewable energy integration, power electronics, and smart grids. According to Department Chair  William Stanchina, PhD , the curriculum is specifically crafted to address the needs of industry professionals and their employers, as well as recent electrical and mechanical engineering graduates. 

"As technologies continue to advance in the areas of power system engineering, power electronics, and control systems, today's professionals are looking to broaden their knowledge base and employers are building a more engaged workforce," Dr. Stanchina said. "By offering this certificate through synchronous, distance-enabled courses, we're enabling professionals to learn from home or at work, anywhere in the world, and participate in a live classroom experience through their computer."

In addition to the standard coursework under the direction of  Gregory Reed, PhD , Director of Pitt's Electric Power Initiative, the program will present a series of special topics each semester that address recent advances in electric power technologies. Initial topics include renewable and alternative energy systems; smart grid technologies and applications; advanced power electronics featuring Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC), and protective relaying and automation. 

Admission requirements include a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from an ABET-accredited university program (no industry experience required) or a bachelor of science in any engineering field with a minimum of three years of power industry experience. The program does not require GRE scores. At least two references are recommended. For more information and to apply visit  engineering.pitt.edu/powercertificate .


Contact: Paul Kovach