Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The department offers a program leading to the Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Students in each program must already have a master of science degree in the same or a related field. Applicants to the Ph.D. program who do not have the M.S. degree will instead be considered for admission to the master of science degree program, and on completion of that program will automatically be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program.

The department differentiates between admission to the Ph.D. program and Ph.D. candidacy. No students are accepted as formal doctoral candidates until they have exhibited merit in a qualifying examination and have identified a faculty member who has agreed to be their dissertation supervisor. Ph.D. qualifying examinations are offered in January.

Doctoral candidates are expected to plan a program of research under the direction of their dissertation supervisor and with the guidance of a faculty committee. On completion of this research, the candidate must prepare and publicly defend a dissertation.

Ph.D. students in electrical engineering must take at least eighteen credits beyond the M.S. degree. These credits include a minimum of six credits of lecture-based class work, two credits of Electrical Engineering Seminar, and a dissertation. The dissertation effort is usually assigned ten credits. At least one credit of class-based course work should be taken from outside the discipline of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Typical areas available for dissertations include solid-state materials with an emphasis on optoelectronic and solar energy applications, microwave devices and systems, microwave thermography, electromagnetics, antennas, plasma physics, small computers, microprocessor applications, computer architecture, multiprocessing, VLSI design, VLSI CAD, microelectronics, communications systems, information theory, signal processing, digital electronics, Fourier optics, coherence theory, image analysis, nonlinear optics, and circuit theory.