Energy Systems Engineering

Energy Systems Engineering is a 30 credit hour  program, designed to provide systems-based knowledge in energy engineering through four core courses and in-depth knowledge in automotive energy and distributed energy systems through six elective courses. The core courses deal with sustainable energy sources, energy generation and storage, energy and environmental policies, and risk-benefit analysis. The elective courses can be selected from a range of courses offered in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing aspects of energy engineering. The elective courses covers a variety of topics, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative energy systems for vehicles, emissions, power electronics, power distribution, design and manufacturing for environment, etc. 
The Energy Systems Engineering program has been designed to address the educational need for graduate students interested in energy engineering. Significant growth and investment are expected to occur in energy industries in the State of Michigan and elsewhere in the next several decades. Both small and large energy-related companies are starting up in the State and many of them are located in the metro-Detroit area. The automotive companies are also accelerating research and development in new power generation and propulsion technologies for future vehicles, such as electric batteries and fuel cells. As a result, there is a need for engineers with specialized knowledge in the alternative and renewable energy production, utilization and distribution.

Online program option:

The Energy Systems Engineering program is also offered online through the Distance Learning Network (DLN). The online courses utilize video streaming of the lectures given on campus. The online students have the opportunity to interact with the instructors and with fellow students (both on campus as well as online) through CANVAS. The class lectures, notes and discussions are posted on CANVAS for online students' access. 

Program Goals:

To provide students with systems-oriented graduate level knowledge in the fields of energy systems engineering.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. A strong foundation in the theoretical principles and techniques from science, engineering, and mathematics needed for advanced engineering design and development. 
  2. An ability to use modern engineering software, processes, devices, and diagnostic tools for advanced engineering design and development.

All ESE students are required to take four core courses (12 credit hours):

  • ESE 500              Sustainable Energy Systems
  • ESE 501 or 502    Energy Conversion / Energy Storage
  • ESE 503              Energy Policy, Economics and Environment
  • ESE 504              Energy Evaluation, Risk Analysis and Optimization

Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Select any 6 courses from the following list.

Additional elective courses from other units in UM-D may also be considered with the ESE program director's approval.
Thesis option may be elected with the approval of the graduate program director. It will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework replacing two courses in the Elective area and will extend at least two terms.

Automotive Concentration

AENG 547Automotive Powertrains I3
AENG 588Design&Manufac for Environment3
AENG 596Internal Combustion Engines I3
AENG 598Energy Sys for Auto Vehicles3
ECE 5462Elec Aspects of Hybrid Vehicle3
ECE 646Adv Elec Drive Transportation3
ME 548Automotive Powertrains II3
ME 597Internal Combustion Engines II3
ME 598Engine Emissions3

Electric Power Concentration 

ECE 517Adv Pwr Electrncs&Motor Drvs3
ECE 519Adv Topics in EMC3
ECE 542Intr to Pwr Mgmt & Reliability3
ECE 615Advanced Power Electronics3


ME 512Structural Analysis3
ME 514Advanced Stress Analysis3
ME 522Advanced Fluid Mechanics3
ME 525Computational Thermo-Fluids3
ME 528Fund of Boiling and Condensatn3
ME 532Combustion Processes3
ME 535Advanced Thermodynamics3
ME 558Fracture and Fatig Cons in Des3
ME 571Conduction Heat Transfer3
ME 572Convection Heat Transfer3
ME 591Degradation of Materials3
ECE 560Modern Control Theory3
ECE 565Digital Control Systems3
ECE 580Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 665Optimal Control Systems3
EMGT 505Systems Engineering3
IMSE 515Fundamentals of Program Mgt3
IMSE 516Project Management and Control3
IMSE 5205Eng Risk-Benefit Analysis3
IMSE 5215Program Budget, Cost Est & Con3
IMSE 561Tot Qual Mgmt and Six Sigma3
IMSE 5655Supply Chain Management3
IMSE 567Reliability Analysis3