What will I learn?


ECE teams are developing pre-competitive technologies to address the challenges in renewable energy and storage systems in the electric grid. Efforts are split into three issues: dc-nanogrid operation and performance, modular multilevel converters, and applications for enhanced grid performance and integration.

High-density integration

Improving power density is an ongoing effort in power electronics. We are pursuing two paths, leveraging WBG power semiconductors and high-temperature passive components and ancillary functions. Both the switching frequency and maximum component temperature are pushed as high as possible, with frequencies beyond 5 MHz and temperatures above 200 C. Higher operating temperatures and increased power density enable the use of electronics in harsh environments.

We are currently pursuing integration technologies such as a die attachment on copper by sintering of nano silver paste and the development of magnetic materials for high-frequency conversion and EMI containment.

Wide bandgap power devices

ECE researchers are developing high-efficiency, high-power density switch-mode power supplies based on recent developments in Wide-BandGap (WBG) power devices, such as gallium-nitride (GaN) devices and silicon carbide (SiC) devices.

This technology is being applied to the Department of Energy PowerAmerica program. CPES is a partner in the multi-industry, multi-university program and is working with the WBG manufacturing industry to explore potential applications and impacts of the technology.

Electromagnetic Railgun

Virginia Tech's Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory (ECSL) has been working with the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren to design, construct, and perform research on an electromagnetic launcher.

This reduced scale railgun is now fully operational, features programmable acceleration, and can serve as a testbed for new technologies for the Navy's full-scale railgun.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


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Entry requirements

For students from United States

Regular Admission to a graduate degree is open to an applicant whose grade point average (GPA) meets or exceeds the 3.00 required by the Graduate School for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree, and whose academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit. A graduate degree, or at least 12 credits of graduate coursework taken post-baccalaureate, while in graduate status, will supersede the undergraduate record in evaluating credentials for admission.

For international students

Applicants applying for these degrees program must have an earned Master's degree in CPE, EE or related field.

Minimum GPA: 3.5

A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, sub-scores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

The deadlines are January 15 for fall admission and September 1 for spring admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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