The recent introduction of plug-in hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles by major automotive manufacturers signals the advent of technologies that can help us move away from petroleum and towards a more sustainable transportation future. As the demand for electric vehicles grows, there will be an increased need for engineers who can design battery systems that satisfy the stringent energy storage and power delivery demands of passenger vehicles. This paper describes a new course at the University of Detroit Mercy intended to teach students about battery systems engineering. The course is offered as part of a newly-established Advanced Electric Vehicle graduate-level certificate program. The design of a battery system is highly interdisciplinary in nature. Engineers must address mechanical concerns such as packaging, vibration, torsional loads, impact resistance and thermal management; electrical aspects such as those associated with battery monitoring and control; and the electrochemical phenomena that governs capacity, power delivery and absorption, degradation and operating temperatures. A key challenge in the course design was tailoring the material to students with diverse backgrounds which include undergraduate degrees in mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. The paper describes the development process for the course outcomes, the typical student audience, the structure of the team delivery and the topics covered including examples of lecture material and student assignments. It concludes by summarizing student and instructor feedback along with plans for future course delivery.

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