POETS-specific courses

Courses are organized by university. This is not a comprehensive list. Please contact Dr. Jessica Perez (jgperez@illinois.edu) if you would like to add your own course.


SE 413 – Engineering Design Optimization

Prof. James Allison

Application of optimization techniques to engineering design problems. Emphasis on problem formulation, including applications in structural, mechanical, and other design domains. Important theoretical results and numerical optimization methods. Matlab programming assignments to develop software for solving nonlinear mathematical programming problems. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MATH 241 and MATH 415. Taught every spring.

Course information

** SE 413 may be a particularly valuable course for POETS students to take who are interested in performing design optimization studies. It is intended to be an applied course for students who want to develop significant practical skill in using design optimization as a tool for studies, as opposed to IE 513 that is aimed more at students whose research involves design optimization more directly.

SE 598– Dynamic System Design

Prof. James Allison

Introduction to advanced integrated methods for dynamic engineering system design. Students will propose term projects that combine physical and control system design. This course will step through the integrated design process phases, including modeling, simulation, optimal physical and control system design, and co-design. Students will demonstrate knowledge of each phase using their chosen case study. Prerequisites: Differential equations (e.g., MATH 285), multivariate calculus (e.g., MATH 241), linear algebra (e.g., MATH 415). Co-requisite: design optimization (GE 413, IE 513, or equivalent). Taught every other spring.

** A permanent course number for SE 598 should be obtained in the next year or so.

IE 513 –Optimal System Design

Prof. Harrison Kim

Fundamental theories for optimal product realization: (1) product planning-demand modeling, customers’ preference analysis, and profit modeling under uncertainty; (2) product design-fundamental of engineering optimization theory; (3) product development-analytical problem formulation to achieve the performance targets assigned at the enterprise level and the engineering design level. Core components of modeling, solving, and validating optimization models using quantitative mathematical criteria. Individual or group term project. Prerequisite: IE 310. Taught every other fall.

SE 411 – Reliability Engineering

Prof. Girish Krishnan

Concepts in engineering design, testing, and management for highly reliable components and systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: IE 300. Taught every spring.

ECE 464 – Power Electronics

Prof. Robert Pilawa

 Switching functions and methods of control such as pulse-width modulation, phase control, and phase modulation; dc-dc, ac-dc, dc-ac, and ac-ac power converters; power components, including magnetic components and power semiconductor switching devices

ECE 330 – Power Circuits and Electromechanics

Prof. Robert Pilawa

Network equivalents; power and energy fundamentals, resonance, mutual inductance; three-phase power concepts, forces and torques of electric origin in electromagnetic and electrostatic systems; energy conversion cycles; principles of electric machines; transducers; relays; laboratory demonstration

ECE 469 – Power Electronics Laboratory

Prof. Robert Pilawa

Circuits and devices used for switching power converters, solid-state motor drives, and power controllers; dc-dc, ac-dc, and dc-ac converters and applications; high-power transistors and magnetic components; design considerations including heat transfer.

ECE 598RPP – Advanced Power Electronics

Prof. Robert Pilawa
This course covers advanced topics in power electronics, including control, circuit topologies, inductor and transformer design, and high efficiency techniques such as resonant power conversion and light-load operation. Numerous application examples will be provided, such as solar photovoltaics, power-supply on a chip, and low-voltage, low-power converters used in portable electronic devices.


ELEG 5533 – Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Prof. Juan Carlos Balda

Fundamentals of power electronics, diode bridge rectifiers, inverters, general concepts on motor drives, induction motor drives, synchronous motor drives, and dc motor drives. Students may not receive credit for both ELEG 4533 and 5533. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or ELEG 3224 and ELEG 3304.


ME 352B– Fundamentals of Heat Conduction

Prof. Kenneth Goodson

Physical description of heat conduction in solids, liquids, and gases. The heat diffusion equation and its solution using analytical and numerical techniques. Data and microscopic models for the thermal conductivity of solids, liquids, and gases, and for the thermal resistance at solid-solid and solid-liquid boundaries. Introduction to the kinetic theory of heat transport, focusing on applications for composite materials, semiconductor devices, micromachined sensors and actuators, and rarefied gases. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered in the winter.

EE 323 – Energy in Electronics

Prof. Eric Pop

This course examines energy in modern nanoelectronics, from fundamentals to systems. Topics include energy transfer through electrons and phonons, mobility and thermal conductivity, power in nanoscale devices (silicon CMOS, 1D nanowires and nanotubes, 2D materials, resistive memory), circuit leakage, thermal measurements, thermal breakdown, thermoelectric energy conversion, and selected system-level issues.