The PEIK graduate certification program is built on a series of foundational courses at the graduate level, supplemented with a broad array of more advanced elective courses related to power and energy. 15 credit hours are required.
Structured to allow MS students to satisfy the requirements in two semesters, permitting completion within a calendar year (MS Project Option). The certificate may also be completed as part of a MS thesis program or PhD program.
These advanced courses will cover both conventional and emerging areas, including smart grid systems, distributed generation, system protection, energy storage, solar power systems, biofuels, and others. At the graduate level, a Power and Energy Experiences course will be offered, where students will do field study by visiting sites such as a wind farm, a solar energy facility, a landfill gas site, a coal power plant, a pump‐storage site, a net‐zero energy building, and other sites, where they will interact with the engineers who design or operate these facilities and learn first hand of the engineering challenges in these operations.
MS project topics (and thesis topics) will be available through industry, the Center for Applied Energy Research, and faculty members.
Within one calendar year, students can be prepared to enter the power and energy workforce with a strong foundation of power and energy knowledge, deeper understanding through electives, and practical experiences through their MS project.
The one‐year graduate certificate should be especially attractive to students who are interested in extending their BS program to a MS. University of Kentucky has a [University Scholars program] that facilitates and encourages students taking their BS to continue for their MS.
(course numbers below are projected and subject to change)
Courses beyond the four required courses and one elective course necessary for the certificate should be able to be used to satisfy the requirements for the student’s graduate degree, as well as to provide depth in power and energy topics. Whereas the foundational core courses provide an introduction to topics, the power and energy electives courses give students in‐depth knowledge that allow them to design, analyze, or evaluate systems or devices associated with power and energy. These include courses targeted at topics in generation, transmission, distribution, renewable energy, storage, monitoring, control, system protection, power electronics, energy‐efficient facilities design, cybersecurity and telecommunications issues for power systems, and others.
In the fall semester, the curriculum includes three required core courses (9 credits):
These required core courses will provide a foundation in energy economics, public policy, generation, transmission, and distribution. Students will also be expected to participate in EGR541, a seminar series where speakers from industry, government, and academia speak on current power and energy topics.
In the spring semester, the graduate certificate requires an energy‐related elective, as well as an Experiences class:
The Experiences class is a signature course for the Institute’s Graduate Certificate. It is intended to provide students with unique exposure to industry personnel and facilities.
Almost all sites are within a four hour drive of the University, permitting each trip to be done within a day. (Trips will be scheduled for Fridays, and other courses will be scheduled to occur only Monday through Thursday.)
The students matriculating through the program will have an extensive and unique exposure to electric power and energy sites and industry experts as a result of these explorations. As with other aspects of the PEIK design, the course is intended to be multipurpose: in addition to providing a special perspective on classroom material, the visits will also provide another communication channel between students, industry and teaching faculty as well as providing industry an opportunity to meet and possibly recruit students in the program for co-ops, internships and positions upon graduation.
To apply or for more information about the Power and Energy Institute, contact:
Dr. Yuan Liao, 691 F. Paul Anderson Tower, (859) 257-6064
* courses will be taught temporarily as EGR599 pending official university approval.