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Electrical Engineering Graduate Courses

EENG-507 - Introduction to Computer Vision (I)

Equivalent with CSCI507, CSCI512, EENG512

Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images, transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This course provides an introduction to this field, covering topics in image formation, feature extraction, location estimation, and object recognition. Design ability and hands-on projects will be emphasized, using popular software tools. The course will be of interest both to those who want to learn more about the subject and to those who just want to use computer imaging techniques.

 Prerequisites: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear algebra, statistics, and a programming language.

3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

EENG-508 -  Advance Topics in Perception and Computer Vision (II)

Equivalent with CSCI508

This course covers advanced topics in perception and computer vision, emphasizing research advances in the field. The course focuses on structure and motion estimation, general object detection and recognition, and tracking. Projects will be emphasized, using popular software tools.

Prerequisites: EENG507 or CSCI507.

3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

EENG-509 - Sparse Signal Processing (Spring semester of even years)

This course presents a mathematical tour of sparse signal representations and their applications in modern signal processing. The classical Fourier transform and traditional digital signal processing techniques are extended to enable various types of computational harmonic analysis. Topics covered include time-frequency and wavelet analysis, filter banks, nonlinear approximation of functions, compression, signal restoration, and compressive sensing.

Prerequisite: EENG 411 and EENG 515
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-511 - Convex Optimization and its Engineering Applications (Spring semester of even years)

The course focuses on recognizing and solving convex optimization problems that arise in applications in various engineering fields. Covered topics include basic convex analysis, conic programming, duality theory, unconstrained optimization, and constrained optimization. The application part covers problems in signal processing, power and energy, machine learning, control and mechanical engineering, and other fields, with an emphasis on modeling and solving these problems using the CVX package.

Prerequisite: EENG 311 and EENG 515
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-512 - Computer Vision (II)

Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images, transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This course concentrates on how to recover the structure and properties of a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world from its two-dimensional images. We start with an overview of image formation and low level image processing, including feature extraction techniques. We then go into detail on the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location, motion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies will be discussed from scientific image analysis, robotics, machine vision inspection systems, photogrammetry, multimedia, and human interfaces (such as face and gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on projects will be emphasized, using image processing software and hardware systems.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear algebra, probability and statistics, and a programming language.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-515 - Mathematical Methods for Signals and Systems (I)

An introduction to mathematical methods for modern signal processing using vector space methods. Topics include signal representation in Hilbert and Banach spaces; linear operators and the geometry of linear equations; LU, Cholesky, QR, eigen- and singular value decompositions. Applications to signal processing and linear systems are included throughout, such as Fourier analysis, wavelets, adaptive filtering, signal detection, and feedback control.

Prerequisite: none.
EENG-517 - Theory and Design of Advanced Control Systems (Spring semester of even years)

This course will introduce and study the theory and design of multivariable and nonlinear control systems. Students will learn to design multivariable controllers that are both optimal and robust, using tools such as state space and transfer matrix models, nonlinear analysis, optimal estimator and controller design, and multi-loop controller synthesis.

Prerequisite: EENG417
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-519 - Estimation Theory and Kalman Filtering (Spring semester of odd years)

Estimation theory considers the extraction of useful information from raw sensor measurements in the presence of signal uncertainty. Common applications include navigation, localization and mapping, but applications can be found in all fields where measurements are used. Mathematic descriptions of random signals and the response of linear systems are presented. The discrete-time Kalman Filter is introduced, and conditions for optimality are described. Implementation issues, performance prediction, and filter divergence are discussed. Adaptive estimation and nonlinear estimation are also covered. Contemporary applications will be utilized throughout the course. 

Prerequisite: EENG 515 and MATH 534 or equivalent.
EENG-525 - Antennas (I, II)

This course provides an in depth introduction to the analysis and synthesis of antennas and antenna arrays. Students are expected to use MATLAB to model antennas and their performance. An extensive final project that involves experimental or computer demonstrations is required. EENG525 has more depth and required work than EENG425. EENG525 students will have one additional problem for each homework assignment, one additional problem on exam, more difficult paper to review and present, and higher expectations on antenna and direction finding projects.

Prerequisite: EENG386 or GPGN302 or PHGN384
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
EENG-527 - Wireless Communications (I, II)

This course provides the tools needed to analyze and design a wireless system. Topics include link budgets, satellite communications, cellular communications, handsets, base stations, modulation techniques, RF propagation, coding, and diversity. Students are expected to complete an extensive final project. EENG527 has more depth and required work than EENG427. EENG527 students will have one additional problem for each homework assignment, one additional problem on exam, more difficult paper to review and present, and higher expectations on final project.

Prerequisite: EENG 386, EENG311, EENG 388
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-529 - Active RF & Microwave Devices (II)

This course introduces the basics of active radio-frequency (RF) and microwave circuits and devices which are the building blocks of modern communication and radar systems. The topics that will be studied are RF and microwave circuit components, resonant circuits, matching networks, noise in active circuits, switches, RF and microwave transistors and amplifiers. Additionally, mixers, oscillators, transceiver architectures, RF and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (RFICs and MMICs) will be introduced. Moreover, students will learn how to model active devices using professional CAD software, how to fabricate printed active microwave devices, how a vector network analyzer (VNA) operates, and how to measure active RF and microwave devices using VNAs. 

Prerequisite: EENG385
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-530 - Passive RF & Microwave Devices (I)

This course introduces the basics of passive radio-frequency (RF) and microwave circuits and devices which are the building blocks of modern communication and radar systems. The topics that will be studied are microwave transmission lines and waveguides, microwave network theory, microwave resonators, power dividers, directional couplers, hybrids, RF/microwave filters, and phase shifters. Students will also learn how to design and analyze passive microwave devices using professional CAD software. Moreover, students will learn how to fabricate printed passive microwave devices and test them using a vector network analyzer.

Prerequisite: EENG386
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-570 - Advanced High Power Electronics (Fall semester of even years)

Basic principles of analysis and design of circuits utilizing high power electronics. AC/DC, DC/AC, AC/AC, and DC/DC conversion techniques. Laboratory project comprising simulation and construction of a power electronics circuit.

Prerequisite: EENG385, and EENG389 or equivalent.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-571 - Modern Adjustable Speed Electric Drives (Spring semester of even years)

An introduction to electric drive systems for advanced applications. The course introduces the treatment of vector control of induction and synchronous motor drives using the concepts of general flux orientation and the feedforward (indirect) and feedback (direct) voltage and current vector control. AC models in space vector complex algebra are also developed. Other types of drives are also covered, such as reluctance, stepper-motor and switched-reluctance drives. Digital computer simulations are used to evaluate such implementations.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with power electronics and power systems, such as covered in EENG480 and EENG470
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-572 - Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation (Fall semester of odd year)

A comprehensive electrical engineering approach on the integration of alternative sources of energy. One of the main objectives of this course is to focus on the inter-disciplinary aspects of integration of the alternative sources of energy which will include most common and also promising types of alternative primary energy: hydropower, wind power, photovoltaic, fuel cells and energy storage with the integration to the electric grid.

Prerequisite: It is assumed that students will have some basic and broad knowledge of the principles of electrical machines, thermodynamics, power electronics, direct energy conversion, and fundamentals of electric power systems such as covered in basic engineering courses plus EENG480 and EENG470
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-573 - Electric Power Quality (Spring semester of odd years)

Electric power quality (PQ) deals with problems exhibited by voltage, current and frequency that typically impact end-users (customers) of an electric power system. This course is designed to familiarize the concepts of voltage sags, harmonics, momentary disruptions, and waveform distortions arising from various sources in the system. A theoretical and mathematical basis for various indices, standards, models, analyses techniques, and good design procedures will be presented. Additionally, sources of power quality problems and some remedies for improvement will be discussed. The course bridges topics between power systems and power electronics.

Prerequisite: EENG 470, EENG 480
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-580 - Power Distribution Systems Engineering (Fall semester of odd years)

This course deals with the theory and applications of problems and solutions as related to electric power distribution systems engineering from both ends: end-users like large industrial plants and electric utility companies. The primary focus of this course in on the medium voltage (4.16 kV ? 69 kV) power systems. Some references will be made to the LV power system. The course includes per-unit methods of calculations; voltage drop and voltage regulation; power factor improvement and shunt compensation; short circuit calculations; theory and fundamentals of symmetrical components; unsymmetrical faults; overhead distribution lines and power cables; basics and fundamentals of distribution protection.

Prerequisite: EENG 480 or equivalent
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-581 - Power System Operations and Management (Fall semester of even years)

This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory, methods, and algorithms for Energy Management Systems (EMS) in the power grid. It will focus on (1) modeling of power systems and generation units, (2) methods for dispatching generating resources, (3) methods for accurately estimating the state of the system, (4) methods for assessing the security of the power system, and (5) an overview of the market operations in the grid.

Prerequisite: EENG 480
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-582 - High Voltage AC and DC Power Transmission (Fall semester of even years)

This course deals with the theory, modeling and applications of HV and EHV power transmission systems engineering. The primary focus is on overhead AC transmission line and voltage ranges between 115 kV ? 500 kV. HVDC and underground transmission will also be discussed. The details include the calculations of line parameters (RLC); steady-state performance evaluation (voltage drop and regulation, losses and efficiency) of short, medium and long lines; reactive power compensation; FACTS devices; insulation coordination; corona; insulators; sag-tension calculations; EMTP, traveling wave and transients; fundamentals of transmission line design; HV and EHV power cables: solid dielectric, oil-filled and gas-filled; Fundamentals of DC transmission systems including converter and filter. 

Prerequisite: EENG480
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-583 - Advanced Electrical Machine Dynamics (Spring semester of even years)

This course deals primarily with the two rotating AC machines currently utilized in the electric power industry, namely induction and synchronous machines. The course is divided in two halves: the first half is dedicated to induction and synchronous machines are taught in the second half. The details include the development of the theory of operation, equivalent circuit models for both steady-state and transient operations, all aspects of performance evaluation, IEEE methods of testing, and guidelines for industry applications including design and procurement.

Prerequisite: EENG 480
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-584 - Power System Risk Management (Spring semester of even years)

This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory, methods, and algorithms for risk management in the power grid. The course will focus on: (1) power system stability analysis (steady state, dynamic, and transient), (2) analysis of internal and external threats to power systems, e.g. component failures, faults, natural hazards, cyber intrusions, (3) introduction to power system security assessment, (4) fundamentals of modeling risk, vulnerability assessment and loss calculations, (5) mitigating techniques before, during and after the course of major events and disturbances.

Prerequisite: EENG 480, EENG481
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-586 - Communication Networks for Power Systems (Fall semester of odd years)

Advanced topics on communication networks for power systems including the fundamentals of communication engineering and signal modulation/transfer, physical layer for data transfer (e.g., wireline, wireless, fiber optics), different communication topologies for power networks (e.g., client-server, peer-to-peer), fundamentals of SCADA system, data modeling and communication services for power system applications, common protocols for utility and substation automation, and cyber-security in power networks.

Prerequisite: EENG 480
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-587 - Power Systems Protection and Relaying (Spring semester of odd years)

Theory and practice of power system protection and relaying; Study of power system faults and symmetrical components; Fundamental principles and tools for system modeling and analysis pertaining to relaying, and industry practices in the protection of lines, transformers, generators, motors, and industrial power systems; Introduction to microprocessor based relaying, control, and SCADA.

Prerequisite: EENG 389
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-588 - Energy Policy, Restructuring and Deregulation of Electricity Market (Fall semester of odd years)

The big picture of electric power, electricity and energy industry; Restructuring and Deregulation of electricity market; Energy Policy Acts and its impact on electricity market and pricing; Energy economics and pricing strategy; Public policy issues, reliability and security; Regulation.

Prerequisite: EENG 389
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-589 - Design and Control of Wind Energy System (Spring semester of odd years)

Wind energy provides a clean, renewable source for electricity generation. Wind turbines provide electricity at or near the cost of traditional fossil-fuel fired power plants at suitable locations, and the wind industry is growing rapidly as a result. Engineering R&D can still help to reduce the cost of energy from wind, improve the reliability of wind turbines and wind farms, and help to improve acceptance of wind energy in the public and political arenas. This course provides an overview of the design and control of wind energy systems.

Prerequisite: EENG307.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-597 - Summer Programs (S)

 

Prerequisite: 
6 credit hours
EENG-598 - Special Topics (I, II, S)

Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once, but no more than twice for the same course content.

Prerequisite: None
Variable credit; 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
EENG-599 - Independent Study (I, II, S)

Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours.

Prerequisite: Independent Study form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar.
Variable credit; 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/experience
EENG-5X1 - Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics ()

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EENG-5X2 - Computational Electromagnetics ()

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EENG-5X4 - Radar Systems ()

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EENG-617 - Intelligent Control Systems (Taught on Demand)

Fundamental issues related to the design on intelligent control systems are described. Neural networks analysis for engineering systems are presented. Neural-based learning, estimation, and identification of dynamical systems are described. Qualitative control system analysis using fuzzy logic is presented. Fuzzy mathematics design of rule-based control, and integrated human-machine intelligent control systems are covered. Real-life problems from different engineering systems are analyzed.

Prerequisite: EENG517
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-618 - Nonlinear and Adaptive Control (Taught on Demand)

This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems and the applications of this theory to adaptive control. It will focus on (1) methods of characterizing and understanding the behavior of systems that can be described by nonlinear ordinary differential equations, (2) methods for designing controllers for such systems, (3) an introduction to the topic of system identification, and (4) study of the primary techniques in adaptive control, including model-reference adaptive control and model predictive control.

Prerequisite: EENG517
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG-683 - Computer Methods in Electric Power Systems (Taught on Demand)

This course deals with the computer methods and numerical solution techniques applied to large scale power systems. Primary focus includes load flow, short circuit, voltage stability and transient stability studies and contingency analysis. The details include the modeling of various devices like transformer, transmission lines, FACTS devices, and synchronous machines. Numerical techniques include solving a large set of linear or non-linear algebraic equations, and solving a large set of differential equations. A number of simple case studies (as per IEEE standard models) will be performed.

Prerequisite: EENG583, 580 and 582 or equivalent, a strong knowledge of digital simulation techniques
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
EENG-698 - Special Topics in Electrical Engineering (I, II, S)

Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once, but no more than twice for the same course content.

Prerequisite: None
Variable credit; 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
EENG-699 - Independent Study (I, II, S)

Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours.

Prerequisite: "Independent Study" form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar.
Variable credit; 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
EENG-707 - Graduate Thesis (I, II, S)

Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor.

Prerequisite: none.
Variable class and semester hours.. Repeatable for credit.
SYGN-555 - SmartGeo Seminar ()

Geosystems are natural or engineered earth structures, e.g. earth dams or levees, groundwater systems, underground construction sites, and contaminated aquifers. An intelligent geosystem is one that can sense its environment, diagnose its condition/state, and provide decision support to improve the management, operation, or objective of the geosystem. The goal of this course is to introduce students to topics that are needed for them to be successful working in a multi-disciplinary field. The course will include training in leadership, multidisciplinary teams, policy and ethical issues, and a monthly technical seminar. 

Prerequisite/Corequisite: SYGN550
1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour credit

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