Engineering - PhD

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The PhD in Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that applies modern approaches from the experimental, natural and life sciences in conjunction with theoretical and computational methods from the disciplines of engineering, mathematics and computer science to the solution of advanced problems of fundamental importance. The program emphasizes the application of research methods and procedures to advanced areas of importance in the sciences and technology. The program builds on the premise that advancing the applied sciences and technology must be based on fundamental comprehension of various disciplines, while continually being responsive to the needs of new technologies, and the interdisciplinary nature of the modern scientific enterprise. This program will be administered by a committee which has a representation of faculty from various graduate programs in the School of Sciences and Engineering.

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Applied Sciences and Engineering is to provide in-depth training to students in the natural sciences, modern engineering, and computer science and in the conduct of original research leading to a doctoral dissertation.

The primary goal of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of applied sciences and engineering. The program aims at providing students with the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and expertise to a high caliber and to qualify for leadership positions in teaching, in research, in administration and management and in policy analysis and program development. The program caters to demands of industry and research institutes and places a strong emphasis on original thinking, professional behavior and ethical conduct. The objectives of the program are for students to acquire the following:

  • A broad analytic understanding of advanced experimental, theoretical and computational methods in the applied sciences and engineering

  • Substantive knowledge of some field or area of practice (e.g., electronics engineering, environmental engineering, etc.)

  • Competence to conduct independent, empirical research that extends the knowledge base of the field of interest

  • Ability to generate new ideas, convince others that their ideas are worth pursuing, do the necessary research to demonstrate that their ideas are viable, and communicate the results of their research in the public domain


Upon completing the degree requirements for the Phd Program in Engineering, graduating students should have the ability to:

  • Pursue a career in academia in teaching and/or research

  • Pursue a career in industrial research and development (R&D)

  • Identify well-defined science and/or engineering problems of importance to the profession or the community, as well as generate new ideas and approaches to resolve such problems

  • Apply advanced experimental, analytical and computational techniques to solve complex science and/or engineering problems

  • Convince others that their ideas are worth pursuing and explore funding opportunities for their research

  • Initiate scientific collaborations schemes that advance their research endeavors

  • Successfully communicate their results to constituencies of various technical backgrounds and fields of specialty

  • Make significant contributions to their field of specialization and profession through their own continued research, writing, teaching, and practice

  • Implement the code of ethics within the study and work environments