REE Courses

Renewable Energy Engineering

The following is a list of all classes offered for the Renewable Energy Engineering degree. Please review the "Advising Guide" attachment and "Projected Course Offerings;" these will provide you with more details.

NOTE: Subject to change without notice; these courses are a projection of what will be available but are not guaranteed.

CHE 201/204 General Chemistry (3-0-3) (0-3-1)

Atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical and physical properties, introduction to stoichiometry and thermochemistry are presented.
Prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHE 101.
Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 111.
Corequisite: CHE 204.

CHE 202/205 General Chemistry (3-0-3) (0-3-1)

A continuation of CHE 201. This course discusses the behavior of gases, liquids and solids, the properties of solutions, chemical kinetics and an introduction to chemical equilibrium.
Prerequisite: CHE 201 and 204.
Corequisite: CHE 205.

CHE 260 Electrochemistry (3-3-4)

Development of electrochemistry concepts, including thermodynamics, reaction kinectics, charge transport and mass transport. Topics are presented in the context of fuel cells, electrolysis, electroplating and batteries. Also discussed, the chemistry of hydrogen; its properties, production, storage and transportation.
Prerequisite: CHE 222.

EE 221: Circuits I (3-3-4)

DC and AC principles and analysis. Ohm’s law. Kirchhoff’s laws. Nodal analysis. Loop analysis. Source transformations. Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits. Maximum power transfer. Sinosoidal signals. Basic
magnetic fields. Lenz’s law. Induced currents. Inductance. Basic electric fields. Capacitance. Reactance. Complex impedance. Phasors and steady-state analysis.
Corequisite: MATH 252

EE 223: Circuits II (3-3-4)

Single phase AC power. Transformers. Balanced three-phase power. Ideal op-amp. Basic op-amp circuits. First-and second-order circuits and transients. Steady-state frequency response. Bode plots. First-and second-order passive filters (LP, HP, BP). Resonance. Active op-amp filters.
Prerequisite: EE 221 with a grade 'C' or better
Corequisite: MATH 252

EE 225: Circuits III  (3-3-4)

Laplace Transform definitions and properties. Laplace applications. Laplace circuit analysis, including stability concepts. Fourier series. Fourier transform definitions and properties. Steady-state Fourier circuit analysis. Basic two-port parameters and analysis.
Prerequisite: EE 223 with a grade 'C' or better.
Corequisite: MATH 321

EE 321: Electronics  (4-3-5)

Basic semiconductor theory. Diodes and diode circuits. Bipolar-junction transistor (BJT). Ebers-Moll model. BJT amplifiers (CE, CB & CD). Multistage and differential amplifiers. Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET). MOSFET amplifiers (CS, CG & CD). Multistage MOSFET amplifiers. Op-amps.
Prerequisite:  EE 223 or EET 218, MATH 252.

EE 343: Solid-State Electronic Devices (3-0-3)

Crystal properties and growth of semiconductors. Atoms and electrons. Energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors.  Excess carriers in semiconductors. p-n junctions. FETs and BJTs. Optoelectronic devices. High frequency and high-power devices.
Prerequisite: PHY 222
Corequisite: EE 321

EE 419: Power Electronic Devices (3-3-4)

Power electronic device characteristics. Converter circuits: AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC. Converter design, modeling and control. Drive and snubber circuits. Thermal and magnetic effects.
Prerequisite: EE 321 with a grade 'C' or better.

EE 456: Control Systems Design  (3-3-4)

Continuous-domain systems and Laplace transform review. System modeling, identification, and linearization. System response and stability analysis. Classical tracking and regulating controller design using computers. PID tuning. Lab exercises in modeling, design and implementation.
Prerequisite: EE 225 or EE 320, EE 321

ENGR 211: Statics  (4-0-4)

Fundamental principles of mechanics of rigid bodies and the application of these principles to engineering problems.
Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 252
Prerequisite: PHY 201 or 221.

ENGR 267: Engineering Programming  (2-3-3)

Computer programming principles. Control structures. Structural programming principles. Functions and scripts. MATLAB programming. LabVIEW programming. Application of engineering programming principles in projects.
Prerequisite: MATH 251.

ENGR 355: Thermodynamics  (3-0-3)

An introductory course in thermodynamics, the science of heat energy conversion.  Develops understanding of energy, heat, work, efficiency, and ideal thermodynamic cycles.  Teaches first and second laws of thermodynamics and perfect gas law.
Prerequisite:  MATH 252; PHY 202 or PHY 222.

ENGR 465: Capstone Project  (0-6-2)

Students apply material learned in other courses, develop expertise on a specific topic, work closely with a faculty member to implement the project and improve professional communication skills by writing a project report. Course may be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and instructor permission.

HIST 356 - History of Energy (3-0-3)

Study of emphasis societies place on the development, safeguarding and exploitation of energy resources. Development of energy resources since the Industrial Revolution; exploitation of energy resources; oil shocks of the 1970s, glut of the 1980s; the modern energy paradigm.
Prerequisite: WRI 123 or WRI 227.

HIST 357 - History of the Electric Grid  (3-0-3)

Study of the electric grid as a large technological system. Topics of study include the creation of the electric grid by Edison and others, rural electrification, the rise and fall of the utility consensus and the politics of deregulation.
Prerequisite: WRI 123 or WRI 227.

MECH 318: Fluid Mechanics  (3-3-4)

Covers fluid properties, fluid statics, conservation laws of pipe flow, drag, lift fluid dynamics, measurement of flow, viscous flow, laminar, and turbulent flow, and forces due to fluid motion.
Prerequisite: ENGR 211, PHY 221.
Corequisite: EE 223 or MECH 363.

MECH 323: Heat Transfer  (3-0-3)

An introduction to the three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation.  Teaches the analytical and empirical techniques used for solving problems in heat transfer, including those for which computer application is most suited. 
Prerequisite: MATH 321, MECH 318. 

MECH 433: HVAC  (2-3-3)

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. Application of laws and principles of thermodynamics to analysis, design, and control of mechanically-controlled environments for human comfort, animal health, and food preservation. Teaches computation of heating and cooling loads, humidity control, heating, and refrigeration. 
Prerequisite: MECH 323. 

REE 201: Introduction to Renewable Energy  (3-0-3)

An introduction to renewable energy.  Topics include photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, green building, fuel-cells, hydrogen, wind power, waste heat, biofuels, wave power, tidal power and hydroelectric.  Discussions of economic, environment, politics and social policy are integral components of the course.
Prerequisite: MATH 111.

REE 243: Electrical Power  (3-3-4)

Fundamentals of electrical power; maximum power transfer, single-phase circuits, three-phase circuits, wye-delta transformations, power factor, harmonics.  Electrical power systems studied include: transmission lines, power transformers, autotransformers, three-phase transformers, resonance and power factor correction, building electrical systems, the national power grids. 
Prerequisite: EE 223; MATH 252 with grade 'C' or better.

REE 253: Electromechanical Energy Conversion  (2-3-3)

AC machines, including single phase, split-phase and three-phase (induction and synchronous machines) motors and generators; introduction to power switching devices, speed control and brushless DC motors.  DC machines including shunt, series and compound.  Control devices and circuits, including ladder diagrams.
Prerequisite: EE 223; MATH 252 with grade 'C' or better.

REE 331: Fuel Cells  (2-3-3)

Introduction to fuel cell technologies: PEM, PAFC, AFC, SOFC, MCFC and DMFC systems. Fuel cell components and systems; field flow plates, electrolytes, electrode materials, electrode catalysts, on-board reformers. Portable devices, utility-scale power production, transportation systems. Fuel types and fuel storage.
Prerequisite: CHE 260 and PHY 222 with grade 'C' or better.

REE 333: Batteries (2-3-3)

This course covers fundamentals of the most important battery types including alkaline, zinc-air, lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, lithium ion, and lithium polymer. Applications include stationary, transportation, and portable batteries. The lab deals with battery system design, testing, and prototype assembly.
Prerequisite: CHE 260.

REE 335: Hydrogen  (2-3-3)

This course will cover hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use. Specific energy scenarios such as renewable hydrogen cycles will be explored focusing on transportation applications. The concept of hydrogen economy will be discussed in the context of global energy crisis.
Prerequisite: CHE 260.

REE 337: Materials for RE Applications  (3-0-3)

Electrical, mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical, and processing properties of materials in renewable energy systems; solid-state device characteristics and their material properties. Engineering applications.
Prerequisite: CHE 202/205, PHY 223.

REE 339: Senior Project I (1-3-2)

Selection, definition, and analysis of a problem suitable for a renewable energy systems senior project prior to actual project development. Includes consideration of project parameters, and implications, proposal of alternate solutions, and justification of selected solution. Culminates in the writing of project proposal.
Prerequisite: WRI 327.

REE 344: Nuclear Energy  (3-0-3)

Introduction to nuclear energy. Atomic and nuclear physics; the interaction of radiation and matter. Nuclear reactor operation; reactor components, nuclear cycles, neutron diffusion and moderation. Reactor shielding. Fuel reprocessing and waste disposal. Reactor licensing and safety. Economics and environmental concerns.
Prerequisite: PHY 223, CHE 222 or CHE 202/205.

REE 345: Wind Power  (3-0-3)

Introduction to power production from wind resources.  Historical uses of wind resources.  The Earth's wind systems.  Physics of wind power.  Vertical and horizontal axis turbines.  Aerodynamics of wind turbines.  Large-scale turbine farms and siting.  Commercial development, economics and environmental impacts.
Prerequisite: PHY 222, REE 253 or MECH 326.

REE 346: Biofuels & Biomass  (2-3-3)

Introduction to power production from biomass resources.  Historical uses of biomass resources.  Biomass as a solar energy store; forestry and agricultural sources, crop wastes.  Recycled sources; municipal solid wastes, landfill gas.  Gaseous fuels; anaerobic digestion, gasification, liquid fuels, fermentation, hydrolysis, transesterfication. 
Prerequisite: PHY 222, CHE 222 or CHE 202/205.

REE 347: Hydroelectric Power  (3-0-3)

Introduction to hydro-resource power production. Hydro-power in history. Physics of hydrology. Power, head, flow-rate. Turbine hydrodynamics; Francis, Kaplan, Pelton, Turgo, cross-flow. System components: generators, governors, penstocks, spillways, valves, gates, trashracks. Large-scale and microhydroelectric systems. Pumped storage. Economic, environmental considerations.
Prerequisite: MECH 318, REE 253 or MECH 326.

REE 348: Solar Thermal Energy Systems  (3-0-3)

Introduction to solar thermal energy systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications.  Solar radiation; topics in heat transfer; flat plate and concentrating collectors; non-imaging optics; applications including water heating, building heating, cooling, industrial process heat, distillation, solar thermal power systems.  
Prerequisite: MECH 323, PHY 223.

REE 412: Photovoltaic Systems  (3-0-3)

Grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems. Module and array performance analyzed using Sandias IV tracer software. PV system components including batteries, PV modules, charge controllers, maximum power point trackers and inverters will be discussed. Power inverter parameters will be evaluated.  
Prerequisite: EE 343.

REE 413: Electric Power Conversion Systems  (2-3-3)

Power electronics applications in renewable energy systems. Grid-tied inverters, variable frequency drives, static compensators, charge controllers, maximum power point trackers. Power flow control. Harmonic compensation. Grid synchronization and protection: HVDC and FACTS devices and applications. 
Prerequisite: EE 419.

REE 427: Greenhouse Gas Accounting/Footprints  (3-0-3)

U.S. and international greenhouse gas (GHG) management policies, GHG assessment methods and tools, emissions trading programs, climate risk and risk management, data and information sources, measurement standards and protocols, and related sustainability concepts and policies.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, MATH 361 and WRI 227.

REE 439: Building Energy Auditing and Management  (3-0-3)

Principles and applications of energy management in buildings, using auditing to identify opportunities for improving energy efficiency. Analysis of thermal and electrical loading of buildings and industrial processes; evaluation of electrical loading, timing and efficiency of load components. Improving efficiency of thermal and electrical loads, including economic analysis. Application of renewable energy in the analysis of loading and efficiency and effective means of tracking and managing energy use. 
Prerequisite: MECH 433.

REE 449: Senior Project II  (0-6-2)

A continuation of REE 339. Prototype construction of project solution begins. Written documentation is produced including design calculations and functional analysis of hardware and/or software needed for project solution. The documentation becomes chapter two of the final senior project report. 
Prerequisite: WRI 327, REE 339. 

REE 451: Geothermal Energy & Ground-Souce Heat Pumps  (3-0-3)

 An introduction to geothermal energy resources. Discussion of heat flow mechanisms. Investigation into heat exchange systems including: binary, flash, double flash, total flow. Application of thermal dynamics in analysis, design and control of heating/cooling systems. 
Prerequisite: MECH 323.

REE 453: Power Systems Analysis  (3-0-3)

Faults: symmetric, unsymmetric. Modeling system components using positive, negative, zero sequence networks. System admittance matrixes. Load flow computational methods such as Gauss-Seidel, Newton-Raphson. Power system transients. Voltage, frequency stability. Power system stabilization. Power system analysis using software, emphasizing renewable resources. 
Prerequisite: REE 243, ENGR 266

REE 454: Power Systems Protection & Control  (3-0-3)

Protection systems overview; protective devices; coordination and sequencing of relays; grounding practices; impedance protection. Methods of power systems operation and control; load-frequency control, automatic generation control. Modeling power system protection and control using power system analysis software, emphasizing renewable resources.
Prerequisite: REE 453.

REE 455: Energy-Efficient Building Design  (3-0-3)

Principles of integrated, energy-efficient building design. Application of codes, standards. Energy modeling, simulation. Daylighting, natural ventilation, architectural features of passive solar buildings. Application of renewable resources, net-zero designs. Life-cycle economic analysis. Use of software tools for analyzing building energy systems.
Prerequisite: MECH 433.

REE 459: Senior Project III  (0-6-2)

Completion of the project proposed in REE 339 and designed in REE 449. Documentation with specifications, functional description, calculations, test results, schematics, graphs, flowcharts, parts lists, diagrams and photographs become part of the project final report. The student will defend their project before a review panel. 
Prerequisite: REE 449.

REE 463: Energy Systems Instrumentation & Control  (2-3-3)

Application of electrical and mechanical sensors, data acquisition and logic controllers as applied to energy systems. Determination of physical parameters necessary for control and data-logging. Methods of calibration and correction.
Prerequisite: EE 321. 

REE 465 - Renewable Energy Transportation Systems (3-0-3)

Renewable energy transportation systems including fuel cells, hybrid gasoline-electric engines, electric vehicles, bio-diesel, flex-fuel vehicles, high-efficiency diesel engines, gas turbine prime mover systems. Topics include fuel-air mixing, fuel storage, fuel delivery, cooling, fuel leak detection, chemical safety, and electrical power control systems.
Prerequisite: MECH 323, REE 253.

REE 469: Grid Integration of Renewables  (3-0-3)

Issues unique to connecting renewable energy generation to the grid. Mirogrids. Stability, transient, and harmonic effects. Interconnect agreements and requirements. Standards development. SCADA and smart grid concepts. System optimization.
Prerequisite: REE 454.