Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education

Two campuses of the University of Colorado system have united to establish the Department-of-Energy sponsored “GATE Center of Excellence in Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education” (IDEATE). The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) is widely regarded as having one of the top graduate programs in power electronics in the country; the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) has unrivaled expertise in algorithms for automotive battery control. By collaborating, IDEATE builds on our team’s proven strengths to develop innovative curricula and to initiate courses and programs that will provide students with a unique opportunity for holistic and specialty education in electric drivetrain technology. Graduates from these programs will provide benefit not only to major automotive manufacturers, but also to new electric drivetrain focused small businesses and suppliers.

The graphic below shows the scope of IDEATE. UCCS and CU-Boulder jointly offer a Graduate Certificate in Electric Drivetrain Technology. UCCS offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) option in Battery Controls. CU-Boulder has designed an emphasis area in Vehicle Power Electronics within their MSEE program. Additional graduate courses at both campuses allow students to pursue Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with these emphasis areas as well

Graduate Education

Navigation tabs at the top of this page give additional information on these programs. Of particular note, all courses leading to the graduate certificate in Electric Drivetrain Technology, the MSEE option in Battery Controls, and the MSEE emphasis area in Vehicle Power Electronics are available on-line to off-campus students.

Contact Information

For more information on these programs, please contact:

University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Gregory L. Plett
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Voice: +1-719-255-3468; Fax: +1-719-255-3589
email: gplett @
Dr. Dragan Maksimović
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder
ECEE 1B55, UCB 425, Engineering Drive
Boulder, CO 80309-0425
Voice: +1-303-492-4863; Fax: +1-303-492-2758
email: maksimov @