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The Master of Science (MS) in Energy at UWM addresses issues related to the efficient generation, transfer, conversion and use of thermal/electrical energy.

Students will focus on solving problems related to the design of future power devices and systems and improving systems that deliver or consume electrical energy in a reliable and economical manner.  Students will also need to consider various approaches to reducing environmental impacts such as planning for renewable energy sources.

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How UW-Milwaukee Engineers are Changing the World: ENERGY

UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science researchers are collaborating with industry, government and academic partners to find new ways to improve access to energy, increase energy storage and advance the viability of renewable energy sources.

Deyang Qu
Professor Deyang Qu, mechanical engineering, recharges an electric vehicle.

What to Expect

This MS is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers so most lectures are held in the evening to allow for dual commitments. Students may choose either a thesis option (30 credits) or a non-thesis option (31 credits) depending on their career goals. See the academic catalog for specific requirements.

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Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:

  • Alternative fuels
  • Batteries of all kinds
  • Electric vehicles, aircraft and ships
  • Energy systems and renewable energy
  • Smart Grid systems

For a full list of UWM research labs, centers and institutes.

Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems

The Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems, led by Professors Adel Nasiri and Rob Cuzner, is exploring methods to make electric power systems more sustainable, cost-effective, and secure through research on energy storage, microgrid systems, and renewable energy sources.

Research Focus:
  • Synchronous Generator Modeling Under Unbalanced Conditions
  • Hybrid Battery Life Testing
  • Cost Effective Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Efficient Integrated Power System for Higher Power and Improved Survivability
  • Hybrid Energy Module Development for High Efficiency Buildings
Energy Storage Research Lab

The Energy Storage Research Lab, led by Professor Deyang Qu, is a collaboration between UWM, the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at UW-Madison and Johnson Controls. The lab links academic research with industrial product innovation to develop a new generation of energy products with longer and stronger storage abilities, increasing energy security and improving our environment by reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.

Research Focus:

  • Metal air (Li-air and Zn-air)
  • Li-Sulfur
  • Li-ion
  • Advanced Lead-Acid Batteries (AGM and EFB)
  • Supercapacitors
  • Fuel Cells
  • System diagnostics
  • Hydrogen Storage Materials
  • Alkaline Batteries
GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems

GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), led by Professors Adel Nasiri and Rob Cuzner, is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) with a mission to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, robustness, and economy. Together with our partners we hope to make electric power systems more sustainable, cost-effective, and secure.

Research Focus

  • Energy storage systems: inverter topology and controls, integrated compact systems, hybrid storage systems, high frequency inverters, wide band gap (WBG) devices for storage inverters, high voltage and high-power inverters, grid support functions
  • Distributed generation (DG): inverters and interface for DG including wind and solar Photovoltaic (PV), controls for DG systems, integration of DG systems into grid
  • Microgrids: grid-tie and island microgrids, controls for microgrids, microgrid-tie inverters, energy management
  • Reliability for power electronics converters: low-frequency and high-frequency inverters, components, systems, and systems of systems
  • High-frequency and high-power converters: converters with WBG power semiconductor switches, electromagnetic interference, cooling, and packaging
  • Fault protection for AC and DC microgrids
UWM Industrial Assessment Center

UWM’s Industrial Assessment Center (UWM IAC), led by Professor Ryo Amano, helps manufacturers and utilities to increase their productivity and competitiveness by reducing energy and water consumption, enhancing cybersecurity, and adopting smart manufacturing technology. The UWM IAC provides assessment services on electric power consumption, waste material removal, water treatment studies, reclamation of energy in the process of heating, power, and water processes with the implementation of biofuel production, renewable energy technology, recuperation, and reheating methods.

To date, over 600 companies and water treatment plants have utilized the UWM IAC’s multidisciplinary energy assessment services, with average recommended savings of about $150,000 per facility and an average implementation rate of 40%. 


Ryo Amano
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Deyang Qu
  • Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research
  • Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • UWM Distinguished Professor


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

UWM is proud to be one of the few R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Institute for Health
  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Energy
  • Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies