Control system is the one concentration in Electrical Engineering that applies control theory to design systems with desired behaviors. This approach requires sensors to measure the output of the device being controlled. Those measurements are then used to give feedback to the input actuators so that the desired performance can be obtained. Control engineers design the algorithms and software that give systems agility and balance, as well as the ability to adapt, learn and discover when confronted with uncertainty.
More and more devices are designed to perform without the need of human as their operator. Such systems implement a so-called automatic control. This can be extended to systems with electronic circuitry that precisely and robustly control machines, equipment, and even entire industrial plants.
In this concentration, the students will also learn about robotics design. Robots have helped humans in healthcare, farming, manufacturing, and even education. In order to do so, students will be introduced first to to the embedded programming, automated decision making, and electronics circuit design. The control mechanism will organize the robot in sensing, thinking, and acting, which is the core properties of a robotic system.
Multi-disciplinary in nature, control systems engineering activities focus on implementation of control systems mainly derived by mathematical modeling of systems of a diverse range. The theory of control is intimately intertwined with and includes the science of system identification, which concerns the creation of systems for intelligently reducing large amounts of experimental and historical data to simple mathematical models that can be used either for forecasting or to design automatic control systems.
Potential Job Opportunities
Control SystemsEngineer: Design and build control systems for automatic manufacturing equipment; work for companies like Unilever, Yokogawa, ABB, TMMIN, and Schneider.
Robotics Engineer: Design and build robots for research and industrial uses; work for companies like ABB Robotics, Bosch, Caterpillar, and 3D Robotics.
Automation Engineer: Design and build automated manufacturing systems; work for companies like Omron, Caterpillar, GE, and Siemens.
Field ServiceEngineer: Service automated manufacturing systems in the field; work for companies like Hitachi, IBM, and Danfoss.
Economic Consultant and Investment Analyst: Creating a dynamic model that will emulate the real condition and use it to forecast the future events; work for companies like PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Ernst&Young.