July 27, 2018
Prof. Tate holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at
Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, and is an Associate Professor in the energy systems group of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests include combining advanced telemetry, data processing, and visualization techniques to facilitate renewable integration and improve power system reliability.
Professor Tate has shared his thoughts on what EngSci’s Energy Systems Engineering major means to students.
What are your thoughts on the Energy Systems Engineering major and what do you hope students get out of it?
I look at EngSci, in general, as a more rigorous approach to engineering–one that prepares students to take on roles that truly advance the state-of-the-art in industry and academia. The Energy Systems Engineering major’s niche is to provide students with the fundamental modeling and control techniques needed to understand energy engineering. It is unique among the majors in that it provides a holistic view of how energy systems are engineered within fields ranging from hydroelectric dams to on-chip power converters. The inclusion of energy policy in the curriculum also gives students with the tools needed to understand how energy policies (e.g., the Ontario feed-in tariff) are developed, and how engineering can be used to better inform political decisions.
Do you have any specific goals as chair of the major?
I would like to get students in 1st and 2nd year excited about the unique capabilities afforded by the Energy Systems Engineering major. I see this excitement in the energy systems students I supervise for their theses, and in the alumni I keep in touch with.