Research and Development North America
Kettering University and Mercedes-Benz have partnered to provide a set of cutting-edge courses to prepare engineers for the next level of advanced mobility and electrification. This unique program helps to prepare engineers that have been working in powertrain and other areas of automotive for the future in their industry.
Kettering has been ranked in the Top 100 of the “Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs” by U.S. News in 2023.
The Four Courses Chosen by Mercedes-Benz
These courses are part of the MSE ECE Advanced Mobility program and employees may choose to continue the degree after these company-sponsored courses.
ECE 610 | MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS
This course covers modeling, simulation, and analysis of multivariable dynamic systems. Approaches to modeling a variety of dynamic physical systems are discussed using examples of dynamic systems taken from a variety of fields. The course places emphasis on modeling and analysis of electric vehicle systems and components. Transient and steady state behavior of power electronic circuits using state space models is included in this course. These systems are simulated using MATLAB simulation tools. Most of the course is devoted to the analysis of linear systems using now classical techniques based on linear algebra, state-space representations and the state transition matrix.
ECE 632 | AUTOMOTIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS
This class will focus on applying students' knowledge of fundamental principles of control systems to a variety of systems within automobiles. Specific topics will include the control of the air-fuel ratio, spark timing, idle speed, transmissions, cruise and headway, lane-keeping, and active suspensions. Other topics that may be included are antilock brakes, traction control and vehicle stability control. Simulations will be used, and students will be using MATLAB/Simulink for many of the assignments.
ECE 642 | MACHINE DRIVES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Methods of controlling electric machines and their applications in electric vehicles are discussed. Topics include solid-state devices; various switching schemes; types of drives; characteristics of motors; controlling motors including vector control; braking of motors; and dynamics of electric drives and applications.
EE 626 | POWER ELECTRONICS FOR VEHICLE ELECTRIFICATION
This is an advanced class in power electronics. Advanced converter topologies, control methods, and analyses used in electric-vehicle and power-system domains will be discussed. topics include state-variable modeling of DC-DC converters for closed-loop control system design, isolated DC-DC converter topologies (half, full, and dual bridges) and resonant DC-DC converter topologies (series, parallel and series-parallel) for wireless power transfer and battery charging, soft-switching concepts and control methods for isolated DC-DC converters, single-phase and three-phase inverter design, inverter control methods including six-step, Sine PWM, Space Vector PWM, and Discontinuous PWM and the design and control of multilevel and modular multilevel inverters.
- Engineering Degree from an ABET program
- Statement of Purpose (specifically address how these courses will impact you and Mercedes-Benz)
- ONE Letter of Recommendation – from current supervisor
- Official transcripts from a regionally accredited U.S. university or an international equivalent
An Unwavering Commitment to Quality
KUO is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a North Central Association of Colleges and Schools member. Kettering University’s undergraduate engineering programs are ABET-approved. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to providing quality education and shaping some of the brightest minds of tomorrow.
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