Advising Page -- Power Engineering

What is power engineering? 

Power engineering covers three complementary areas of electrical engineering:
The job market is booming for graduates in electric power engineering. The workforce in the electric power sector is aging and the industry faces massive retirements, yet many power engineering programs in the U.S. have been phased out. In addition, new opportunities are exploding thanks to developments in power electronics. Exciting new applications include electric cars, (more) electric aircraft and ships, renewable energy (wind power), and data centers.

Wind turbines near Milford, Utah

Contacts at the University of Utah

Professor Marc BodsonEmail: Prof. Bodson's web page
Professor Masood ParvaniaEmail: masood.parvania@utah.eduProf. Parvania's web page
Professor Mostafa Sahraei-ArdakaniEmail: Prof. Sahraei-Ardakani's web page
Professor Mingxi LiuEmail: Prof. Minxi Liu web page
Professor Arn Stolp Email: arnstolp@ece.utah.eduProf. Stolp's web page
Professor John PalmerEmail:   Prof. Palmer's web page
Professor Hyde Merrill Email: Prof. Merrill's web page

Power engineering courses at the University of Utah

Students interested in power engineering should plan on taking as many of the following classes as possible.

ECE 3300*
Fundamentals of Electromagnetics and Transmission Lines
ECE 3500*
Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
ECE 3510
Introduction to Feedback Systems (Spring)
ECE 3600

Introduction to Electric Power Engineering (Fall)
ECE 5610
Power Electronics Fundamentals (Fall)
ECE 5620
Power Systems Analysis (Spring)
ECE 5625/6625
Power System Protection (Fall, even years)
ECE 5630/6630
Power System Economics (Fall)
ECE 5640/6640
Power System Security Analysis (Spring)
ECE 5670/6670
Control of Electric Motors (Spring)
ECE 5671/6671
Electric Generators (Fall)
ECE 5680/6680
Electrical Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis (Fall, odd years)

* ECE 3300 and 3500 are not required for the program, but are recommended.

The following classes are being offered as Special Topics courses and may become permanent.

ECE 5960/6960
Linear Systems
ECE 5960/6960
Power Systems Operation and Planning
ECE 5960/6960
Convex Optimization

For all course descriptions:
For ECE course descriptions:

Control systems courses
: the power engineering program is closely connected to control systems. 
Information about control courses is available at:

Relevant courses in the mechanical engineering department:
ME EN 3600       Thermodynamics II
ME EN 3650       Heat Transfer
ME EN 5600       Intermediate Thermodynamics

ME EN 5790       Energy Systems Analysis
ME EN 5800       Sustainable Energy Engineering

ME EN 6740       Wind Energy

Courses from the nuclear engineering program are also highly relevant (

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Thanks to an endowment created by the Intermountain Power Agency, two scholarships have been given each year since 2008 to students interested in power engineering careers. Applicants must be:

For more information, please check

The IEEE's Power and Energy Society also created the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative with the goal of increasing the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers to the power and energy industry. For more information, please check


The Power Engineering Program would not have been possible without the support of Utah's industry. Major donations were provided by the Intermountain Power Agency, Rocky Mountain Power, and the Utah Rural Electric Association, with additional funding received from Questar, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Utah Municipal Power AgencyReliable Controls, Williams Pipeline and Pacificorp Energy.  

Generators and control room at the Intermountain Power Project, Delta, Utah

Useful web sites  IEEE Power and Energy Society.  IEEE Power Electronics Society.  IEEE Utah Section.   DOE-Sponsored Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power Engineering Education by State-of-the-Art Laboratories.  Consortium of universities for sustainable power.  Data on electric power generation in Utah.

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Last updated: December 31, 2022.