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Lowcountry Graduate Center adds electrical engineering degree

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By Ashley Heffernan
Published Feb. 22, 2016

The Lowcountry Graduate Center in North Charleston is now offering a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, according to a news release.

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Clemson’s Master of Science degree in electrical engineering includes courses in power systems protection, dynamics and stability, transients and distribution. It focuses on innovative methods for wide-area monitoring, protection and control, wireless communication and smart-grid systems, the news release said.

“Discussions with leaders in the power industry and academia indicated that many power engineers do not have the necessary background to tackle these challenging problems related to modern power systems,” Dan Noneaker, chair of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said in the release. “Therefore, we felt it was important for us to use our resources in electrical engineering at Clemson to help serve this need.”

Laura Varn, vice president for human resources management at Santee Cooper, said the new graduate degree will help the power producer remain a leader in energy generation.

“We rely on our highly trained engineers to ensure that we can continue to capably serve the two million people who depend on our electricity across South Carolina,” Varn said in the news release.

Clemson also researches wind electricity at its wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility in North Charleston.

The deadline for students to apply for the fall semester to pursue USC’s master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Lowcountry Graduate Center is June 15.

Reach staff writer Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyBHeff on Twitter.

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