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Program of Study

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant institution that traces its origin back to 1865. Today, it is composed of the Colleges of Agriculture, Allied Health Professions, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communication, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Home Economics, Law, Library and Information Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Professions, the Graduate School, and University Extension. The College of Engineering has departments of Agricultural, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering, as well as programs of study in Nuclear and Biomedical Engineering. Also, the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems is based in the College of Engineering. The present University enrollment is approximately 22,000 on main campus, with more than 23,000 in the 14 community colleges located throughout the state.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers advanced studies leading to either a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. A BSEE degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 on all undergraduate work and a minimum GRE general test score of 1100 (combination of verbal and quantitative sections) is required for admission to the MSEE Program. Doctoral program admission requirements include a 3.5/4.0 GPA on all previous graduate work and 1200 (combination of verbal and quantitative sections) GRE test score.

For those seeking the MSEE degree, both the thesis and non-thesis options are available. The thesis option (Plan A) requires 24 hours of acceptable graduate-level work, including fulfilling department core course requirements, plus conducting a research project appropriate for writing an acceptable graduate thesis. The non-thesis option (Plan B) requires 30 hours of acceptable graduate work plus an additional three credit-hour special problems project. This project is research-oriented in nature and is usually not as in-depth as a thesis. The scope of the Plan-B special problems project is determined by the student's graduate advisor.

Students pursuing a doctoral degree must satisfy the department core course requirement in addition to course work determined by the student's doctoral advisor and advisory committee. Typically, a doctoral candidate is expected to show proficiency in three areas of Electrical Engineering as well as one suitable area outside of Electrical Engineering. The student must also satisfy UK Graduate School pre- and post-qualifying residency requirements.

Graduate Course Offering

Electromechanics and Power

EE 517 Advanced Electromechanics
EE 518 Electric Drives
EE 530 Robotics
EE 537 Electric Power Systems I
EE 538 Electric Power Systems II
EE 601 Electromagnetic Energy Conversion I
EE 602 Electromagnetic Energy Conversion II
EE 603 Power Electronics
EE 604 Switch Mode Converters
EE 607 Electric Machine Design
EE 608 Advanced Topics in Power Electronics

Supporting Courses

EE 562 Analog Electronic Circuits
EE 564 Digital Electronic Design
EE 565 Circuit Design with Analog IC's
EE 581 Advanced Logical Design
EE 583 Microprocessors
EE 611 Deterministic Systems
EE 612 Computational Aspects of Robotics
EE 613 Optimal Control Theory
EE 614 Sample Data Control Systems
EE 621 Electromagnetic Fields
EE 622 Advanced Electrodynamics
EE 630 Digital Signal Processing
EE 640 Stochastic Systems
EE 681 Digital Processors
MA 678 Calculus of Variations
MA 679 Linear Control Systems

Course Descriptions

Active Areas of Research

Vector Control of Reluctance Machines
Switched Reluctance Machines
Novel Methods for Sensing Motor Shaft Position
Static VAR Compensation
Finite Element Analysis of Magnetic Circuits
Average Value Analysis of Converters

Graduate Faculty
Electric Machines and Power Electronics

Dr. Jimmie J. Cathey

Professor; received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His research interests include: the design and performance analysis of novel and conventional machines and of power conditioned drives for electrical machines and the analysis of electromechanical actuators for robotic applications. Present research activities include torque pulsations in brushless DC motor drives, cycloconverter link brushless DC motor drives, helical motion motors, loss minimization of inverter driven induction motors and power electronics for linear brushless DC drives.

Dr. Syed A. Nasar

Professor and Chairman; received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His research is primarily in the area of linear motors and electric machines. His current thrust of research lies in the areas of linear alternators, electromagnetic launchers, switched reluctance motors and electric drives. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IEE (London).

Dr. Frederick C. Trutt

Professor; received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware. His areas of research include power systems and electric machines. Recent investigations have included projects to develop techniques to improve existing capabilities to detect three-phase squirrel-cage induction motor failures, and to design and develop an experimental coordination-free ground fault protection indicator for distribution of alternating current in underground mines.

Dr. Arthur V. Radun

Associate Professor; received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include power electronic converters, solid-state switching devices, and electromagnetic analysis of electric machines. His present research activity is in high performance converters and switched reluctance machines for aircraft electrical systems.

Additional Information

Jimmie J. Cathey
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Rm 453 Anderson Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0046

Phone: (859) 257-8043
FAX: (859) 257-3092
E-mail: cathey@engr.uky.edu

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