The Missouri University of Science and Technology power engineering program strives to prepare students for a lifetime of technical growth. With technical knowledge doubling every decade or so, it is not possible to design an educational experience that will provide graduates with all the tools they need for careers that may span four or five decades. Therefore, this program is designed to provide its graduates with general knowledge as well as enough specifics to move smoothly into a productive capacity in an industrial environment. This strong base of fundamental skills can be equally useful to an industrial career or to launch an academic career. Thus, balances of theory and application, lecture and laboratory are the key to success. The demand for Missouri S&T power engineering graduates by electric utilities, power apparatus manufacturers, architectural/engineering consulting firms, federal, state and local government agencies, and industrial and research organizations is strong evidence of the quality of the program and the fact that proper emphasis on topics has been achieved.
The power engineering program at Missouri S&T is a mature program with high national recognition, strong industrial support, and multi-disciplinary ties. Missouri S&T has consistently ranked in the top five power programs receiving funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Graduate student enrollment in the power engineering program has been between 20 - 30 students annually, (roughly 60% M.S. and 40% Ph.D.) over the past five years.
The faculty affiliated with the power engineering program often collaborate with faculty in other research disciplines, such as control systems, computer science, mechanical and nuclear engineering.