AIAA/IEEE TEC Online Short Course Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies: Powering the Future of Air Transportation


This 18-hour, online course presented jointly by AIAA and IEEE, describes the benefits of electrifying the propulsion systems of large aircraft, identifies the technology advancements required to enable electrified aircraft propulsion, and details how the aerospace industry can transition from the current state-of-the-art to these advanced technologies. It covers electrical machines, power systems and electronics, materials research, superconductivity and cryogenics, thermal management, battery chemistry, system design, and optimization. It covers general concepts, tools, and information, and offers the learner a solid high-level understanding of the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of electrified propulsion in aircraft
  • Identify types of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems and their relative advantages and disadvantages
  • Understand the fundamentals of electromechanical energy conversion and performance parameters
  • Understand the fundamentals of enabling power electronics
  • Understand the key drivers of electrical machine and drive designs
  • Become familiar with emerging technologies, e.g. superconductivity, cryogenic power electronics
  • Have a basic understanding of electrical power distribution architecture and the general considerations for the protection system design



14 October – 11 November 2020 (4.5 weeks, 9 Lectures, 18 Hours)


Every Wednesday and Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time




AIAA & IEEE Member

(Members of IEEE use code TECMEM to obtain the AIAA Member Price)


AIAA Student Member


All sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand replay.

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Date & Time

Wed, October 14, 2020 –
Wed, November 11, 2020

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