Advanced Electric Vehicles Graduate Certificate

Ford Magna Electric Vehicle


Thank you for your interest in the University of Detroit Mercy Advanced Electric Vehicle Graduate Certificate. The certificate program is offered at the McNichol's Campus and at a location in Dearborn.  Many of the courses are also offered online.

The certificate program began January 2010 and will prepare automotive engineers in the unique skills needed to build the next generation of advanced electric vehicles. Apply for these courses and lead your company into the future.

The purpose of this certificate program is to rapidly infuse important advanced electric vehicle (AEV) knowledge and capabilities into the technological team of the automotive and defense ground vehicle industries. It is aimed at specific learning outcomes defined in direct collaboration with leaders in AEV development at Ford Motor Company. Students successful in these courses will learn to apply their engineering talents to the development next generation advanced electric vehicles.

Engineers in this program will take core courses plus two of four electives  These courses were designed by "competency teams," whose explicit purpose is to create curriculum that is directly responsive to Ford's needs, but also deploys the most current technology, strategies, methods and tools emerging from universities, corporations and national laboratories.

The certificate program can normally be completed in one calendar year.

The following course descriptions have been created through extensive dialogue between AEV leaders in industry and UDM faculty members and administrators:

  • Introduction to Advanced Electric Vehicles: fundamentals of AEVs and key challenges and opportunities of AEV technologies. The course will explain the engineering philosophy of various AEVs (HEV, PHEV and BEV) and, the component selection and design, modeling, and control of AEVs. Some existing AEV models will be used as case studies.
  • Controls Modeling and Design for AEV: System and sub-systems, Modeling and design of AEVs as a system, principles of controls engineering for AEV. Significant use of software tools.
  • Energy Storage Systems: Energy storage systems used in electric vehicles, batteries. Battery electro-chemistry, battery design and construction, charging and discharging, power density, interaction of the batteries with other sub-systems.
  • Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles: Power electronics including switching, AC-DC, AC-AC conversion, electronic devices and circuits used for control and distribution of electric power.
  • Electric Drives/Electromechanical Energy Conversion: Variety of linear and rotary actuators, their characteristics, operating range and interactivity within power train system.
  • Innovation and System Architecture for AEVs: A variety of innovation techniques will be demonstrated and a methodical, proven approach to architecture will be studied. Theory and a variety of case studies – some related to Advanced Electric Vehicles (AEV) - will be used to illustrate successful, and not so successful, practices.
  • System Engineering for AEVs: Technologies which disrupt the way things have historically been done (such as a transition to Advanced Electric Vehicles (AEVs)) coupled with increasing use of digital tools in the design and validation processes warrant taking a very close look at the best tools and practices for executing the systems engineering process. Advanced Electric Vehicle (AEV) concepts will be used for careful decomposition and evaluation.

For more information, visit the Graduate Catalog.

  • Apply Online.  First time users need to create an account.
  • Create a log-in ID and Pin #
  • Complete Graduate Application by choosing Certificate for Advanced Electric Vehicle as your program of choice.
  • You will be contacted by your Admissions Counselor to confirm receipt and will be asked to confirm your intention of Advanced Electric Vehicle course work.
  • Send official transcripts for all course work completed after high school. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" will not be accepted.
  • Copy of current Resume. Resume can be emailed to:

    AEV Program Contact Information:

Contact Graduate Programs

  • Graduate Recruiter and Coordinator
    College of Engineering and Science

    Matt Fortescue
    University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI, 48221

    Send Documents to:
    Advanced Electric Vehicle Program Office – E270
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 West McNichols Road
    Detroit, Michigan 48221.

    Questions? Contact Richard Hill at 313-578-0428 or Valarie Glisson at 313-993-1128