Pitt | Swanson Engineering

The overall objective of the Electrical Engineering Program is for our graduates to become successful professionals in a diverse, global environment, and to be able to innovate and operate new technologies, and adapt to shifting technologies, in whatever career path they choose to pursue. This includes careers in electrical engineering through employment in industry, government or private practices, as well as careers in other engineering, science, or professional disciplines such as bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, business, law, or medicine. Our graduates will also pursue advanced study in electrical engineering or other engineering, science, or professional fields and be able to serve in leadership positions in academia, industry or government.


Undergraduate students at the Swanson School of Engineering may choose to pursue a concentration in electric power, enhancing their education with deeper learning in the subject. A diverse selection of power courses are available at the undergraduate level, covering all aspects of the electric power system. 

To fulfill the area of concentration in power, a student must complete:   

  • ECE 1769: Power Systems Analysis 1

And three additional electives from the following courses:

  • ECE 1673: Linear Control Systems
  • ECE 1710: Power Distribution Systems Engineering and Smart Grids
  • ECE 1750: Power Electronics Conversion Theory
  • ECE 1771: Electric Machinery
  • ECE 1773: Power Generation, Operation and Control 
  • ENGR 1281: Clean Power Grid Engineering; Scandinavia 
  • MEMS 0051: Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • ENGR 1700: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • Any (1) 2000 level power course

    In addition to coursework, undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in both undergraduate research and senior design projects. Students who are interested in either pursuing research at the undergraduate level or completing a senior design project under the guidance of the Electric Power Initiative research team are more than welcome.