Ph.D. in Engineering
The Ph.D. in Engineering degree program is designed for students who have graduate-level training in engineering, the sciences, or mathematics, and who wish to carry out doctoral-level research in engineering. The program includes advanced courses beyond the master’s level as well as novel and independent research. The Ph.D. degree program is college-wide and may be earned through study in any of the departments. Engineering research is an inherently interdisciplinary activity; faculty members associated with the Ph.D. degree program are drawn from all departments in the College. They represent a wide variety of technical backgrounds and interests. The size of the College fosters cooperative research among disciplines. The program offers the motivated student an opportunity to acquire the kind of broad-based background in engineering and applied science that is difficult to obtain in more conventional, narrowly-focused, and discipline-specific programs. Graduates of this program will have acquired a background in diverse engineering approaches that will make them very effective in their advanced-technology careers in research, academia, or industry
Current faculty research interests determine the possible areas of concentration. These include, but are not limited to, the following categories:
• Advanced/Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Processing: Students may work in the fields of failure and fracture mechanics, reliability.
• Bioengineering: Current research activities in this area include development of biomaterials and biomechanics.
• Computer Engineering: Students working in this area may undertake research in digital-hardware design and fabrication, VLSI circuit design, advanced microprocessor design, and computer networks.
• Construction Engineering and Management: Current research activities include construction productivity and safety, construction automation and management information system, and Innovative utilization of industrial waste in civil construction.
• Dynamics, Controls, and Systems: Current research activity in this category includes nonlinear and optimal control theory, mechatronics, neural networks, intelligent systems, multimedia, expert systems, robotics, motion control, and structural analysis.
• Energy and Environmental Science: Active projects in this category include sustainable and renewable energy systems design and analysis, and treatment of water supplies. Other projects include surface reaction studies at the nanoscale, sustainable use of energy waste ash byproducts for material synthesis and reclamation of acid mine drainage.
• Engineering Physics and Engineering Mathematics: Present areas of research include scientific visualization, computational methods for electromagnetic applications, fluid dynamics, and computational physics. Research in this area includes the development of alternative processes with alternative solvents, such as ionic liquids, and biocatalytic systems using waste as the source of enzyme.
• Signal Processing and Communication: Current areas of research include speech and image compression, voice and image processing, signal estimation and filtering, real-time signal processing, and digital data communication.
• Transportation Engineering: Research areas in transportation are flexible pavement, fatigue design of asphalt concrete, and traffic control.
• Water Resources, Hydrology, and Environmental Engineering: This area includes mathematical modeling of surface and subsurface hydrologic systems, contaminant transport in rivers, soils, aquifers, and the ocean, catastrophic flood mapping and flood forecasting, and modeling of the effects of global climate change on the environment. The student in consultation with the Doctoral Advisory Committee and/or the advisor develops a recommended program of study for any of these areas.
For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test, 550 on the paper-based test, and 79 on the internet-based test on the TOEFL, or a 6.5 on the academic version of the IELTS is required. International applicants must submit an official transcripts and a copy of the degree, diploma, or certificate awarded whereby the academic institution validates completion and conferral. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted for the applicant by the university, even if only one course was taken. Applicants who attended institutions that do not issue complete academic records in English must submit official copies of native language records and literal translations into English prepared by an appropriate university or government official.