MAE M.S. in Power & Energy Systems
All students will take the core courses.
Fundamentals of Energy Systems (MAE 206)
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of the energy system and outline its possible futures given the need to radically reduce global carbon emissions. UC San Diego has several courses that investigate different aspects of the energy system, including the fundamental science and engineering behind promising new technologies (mainly in JSOE) and the political economy of energy (in GPS and Economics).
None of these offers an explanation of how the system is structured, the imperatives and constraints under which it operates, and how it is likely to evolve given the competing demands it serves and the range of challenges facing its constituent technologies. The goal of this course is to impart a knowledge of these realities, and to help students develop the skills to critically evaluate the technology, economic, and policy choices that will have to be made when modernizing it, with a key focus on innovation in creating new opportunities. It is designed to help students build a foundation for future coursework on energy systems.
Electric Power Systems Modeling (MAE 243)
This course will teach students constrained optimization problems and associated solution methods, how to implement and apply linear and mixed integer linear programs to solve such problems using Julia/JuMP, and the practical application of such techniques in energy systems engineering. The course will first introduce students to the theory and mathematics of constrained optimization problems and provide a brief introduction to linear programming, including problem formation and solution algorithms. Next, to build hands-on experience with optimization methods for energy systems engineering, the course will introduce students to several canonical problems in electric power systems planning and operations, including: economic dispatch, unit commitment, optimal network power flow, and capacity planning. Finally, several datasets of realistic power systems are provided which students will use in conjunction with building a model for a course project that answers a specific power systems question. Course Repo.