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Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Engineering (HEVE) is a research area housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that prepares individuals to do engineering research and development and/or gain employment in the field of hybrid-electric vehicles.   The program goal is to prepare engineers to work in the field of hybrid-electric vehicles on mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering challenges with attention to economic and technical design problems engineers must overcome for electric vehicle penetration to the automotive market.

Extensive development went into designing the program, based on input from engineers in the industry including GM, Ford, Toyota, Ricardo, and AVL.  The result is a program that offers a certificate, is comprised of four main courses, and involves research, projects, and internships in the field.  

It is open to anyone who can take 500-level courses and satisfy course prerequisites, including mechanical, electrical, environmental, chemical, and civil engineers, as well as others with strong enough technical backgrounds to handle studies of engine combustion dynamics, electric motor operation, chemical energy storage systems, power-split transmissions, and more.  Contact the instructors if you are unsure whether you are ready to enroll.

Courses: (click here for more info)

  • MECH 527 – Hybrid Vehicle Powertrains
  • MECH 523 – Vehicle Energy Storage Systems
  • MECH 580-A4 – PHEV Computational Systems
  • ENGR 680-A4 – Vehicle Electrification

If you are interested in designing the next hybrid vehicle, solving engineering problems to advance hybrid vehicles, making transportation more environmental and economical, or doing research and development of new hybrid vehicle technologies, this program is for you.  Apply today to start communication with the instructors and to launch an exciting career in a fast-growing and high-demand field.