The academic discipline derives from Marine Electrical Engineering Specialty. And in 1986, Electric Drives and Its Automation became a program for master’s degree. It has been a Leading Academic Discipline Project of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission since 1995. In1999, it won the right to issue a second class doctorate degree, and in 2011, it enlarged to have the right to issue a first class master’s degree – Electrical Engineering. Nowadays, it owns a doctorate program – Power Electronics and Electric Drives, first class master’s program – Electrical Engineering, second class master’s program – Control Theory and Control Engineering.
The characteristics of the academic discipline are port, ship, shipping and marine electrical engineering, and it contributes to the advanced technology and application in the field of harbor and marine electrical engineering, as well as the training of R&D people. It also supports Shanghai International Shipping Center with technology and service.
The research team is strong, which has 12 professors, among which, there are 10 PhD supervisors, and 20 associate professors. 86% of the team member is with PhD degree. Quite a number of famous scholars are invited to be the academic advisors of the academic discipline. It also has 2 PhD supervisors from other universities.
The academic discipline owns a number of research and experimental bases, e.g. the Shipping Technology and Control Engineering Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Transport of PRC, the Ocean Clean Energy Generation Laboratory which is mutual owned by central government and local government, Schneider Electric and Shanghai Maritime University United Laboratory. These research and experimental bases have become the first class platform to face the advanced technology in related industry.
The academic discipline has 4 research topics: Power electronics and electric power conversion of ocean renewable energy; Harbor electric drives control and ship electric propulsion; Automation of marine electric system;Harbor and ship facilities measurement and fault control.
In recent 5 years, the research team has undertaken a number of national level projects, projects from provinces or ministries, and projects from companies, has applied and won many invention patents and rewards too. More than 300 high quality papers have been issued in journals and high rank international conferences, among which, more than 10 papers are indexed by SCI and more than 100 papers are indexed by EI, which promotes the research fulfilled in this academic discipline to keep ahead in the field of domestic harbor and marine electrical engineering, even to win its fame in abroad.
The academic discipline has trained many people for profession in the industry of shipbuilding and harbor electric equipments production, as well as the shipping companies, who have contributed a lot for their company or in their field. Simultaneously, the academic discipline has contributed to the famous companies, e.g. COSCO, ZPMC, etc., with technological support through Industry-academia cooperation or technological achievements transformation, and has also guaranteed Shanghai International Shipping Center with human resources in related fields.