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Ph.D. Programs Description and Requirements
Programs Description and Requirements
The Doctor of Philosophy degrees in various Engineering disciplines provide students with specialized training customized to meet their specific interests and goals. Faculty advisors in engineering departments work with each student to structure a graduate program consisting of traditional engineering study, complementary multidisciplinary studies, strong interaction between fellow engineering students, and high quality research. The Ph.D. programs are based upon the research strengths of faculty, and include studies in the major engineering disciplines. Students receive a Ph.D. with a specified major in:
The above discipline specific Ph.D. programs recognize that effective researchers should have extensive expertise in a specialization coupled with a familiarity and awareness of related research needs and the context for applying that expertise. Students enrolled in any of the Ph.D. programs will develop a broad and inclusive background in the chosen track while also working with faculty from related disciplines to create the interdisciplinary and integrative research paradigms necessary for comprehensive research. A principal goal of each program is to produce Ph.D. research engineers for careers that focus on the invention and development of new technologies and advances for the 21st Century and beyond. Activities to develop professional and personal skills are intended to enable participants to 1) understand the ethical, political, and economic impacts of their research developments and policies and 2) improve their ability to communicate about complex technical subjects in both professional and general settings.
Each Ph.D. program includes a significant research component characterized by substantial interaction between the student and their advisor. Research topics are determined based upon the mutual interest of the student and research advisor. Students develop a strong research methodology and apply this research method to a specific engineering problem as directed by their advisor. Student’s attendance is required at a weekly related seminar. This seminar is used to enhance the research methodology, by allowing students to present their research during various stages of development. The seminar also serves the important role of providing exposure of all students to a diverse range of multidisciplinary work.