Communication and Control for Power Transmission and Distribution - Inactive

This academic certificate is offered by the departments of electrical and computer engineering and computer science to introduce power professionals to the cross-disciplinary skills that will be required to design and implement the future computer-controlled power grid, or "Smart Grid." The future power grid will be a complex system with tens of thousands of nodes spread over hundreds of thousands of square miles. It will have to integrate variable energy sources such as wind and solar along with traditional power generations technologies. The demand side will include instrumentation to control devices such as household appliances and electric vehicle chargers. Power will be allocated through a complex set of negotiations between users and energy suppliers. The whole system must be stable and secure, able to resist malicious attack and able to recover from local failures. This certificate is designed to bridge the gap between traditional power engineering programs, which do not teach the necessary computing skills, and traditional computing programs, which do not cover power systems.

Certificate Coordinator: Greg Donohoe, Ph.D., P.E.

All students must contact the certificate coordinator to discuss background qualifications prior to starting the certificate. The certificate coordinator is a faculty member who will advise you before you declare for the certificate and while you are taking courses.

Certificate Application Prerequisite:
All students must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

▼ Steps to Get Started and Complete This Certificate
Follow these steps to apply and complete this certificate:
  1. Contact the certificate coordinator to discuss your eligibility for the certificate. You will need to submit unofficial transcripts to the certificate coordinator that show you have completed a B.S. degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before you may begin your certificate courses. If you are an international student, the transcript should be mapped to a U.S. grading scale.
  2. Apply for admission to the University of Idaho by following the steps to Get Started.
    Graduate Students:
    • You may use up to three approved transfer credits toward the certificate with departmental approval.
    Nondegree Students:
    • You must earn all certificate course credits from the University of Idaho unless you plan to work toward a graduate degree in the same department.
    • If you are considering transferring the certificate course credits into a graduate program, you must contact the certificate coordinator and department for early advising. A maximum of 12 approved credits taken as a nondegree student or at another institution can be transferred toward a master's degree.
    • You will be required to obtain permission from the instructor prior to registering for a 500-level (graduate) course.
  3. After you have been admitted, declare the certificate by submitting an Academic Certificate Declaration (the bottom of page 2 of the Change of Curriculum form) to the certificate coordinator for department chair approval.
  4. Track your progress for your certificate on VandalWeb by first selecting the Student Information tab, then the Degree Audit folder.

    Certificate Policy:
    • A grade of 'B' or higher is required in all coursework for certificates offered by the College of Engineering.
    • Coursework must not be more than five years old unless it is being used in conjunction with the completion of a graduate degree.
  5. When you’ve completed all course requirements, apply for the certificate award on VandalWeb by first selecting the Student Information tab then the Apply for Degree or Certificate folder.

Course Selection

This academic certificate consists of 12 credits selected from the courses listed below and approved by the certificate coordinator.

Required Courses (6 credits)
CS 420/520
Data Communication Systems
ECE 421 Introduction to Power Systems
Electives (6 credits)
CS 448/548
Survivable Systems and Networks
CS/ECE 449/549
Fault-Tolerant Systems
ECE 422
Power Systems Analysis
ECE 521
Power System Stability
CS/ECE 404/504
Special Topics (as approved by the certificate coordinator) 3