Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.
Objective and Description
The course offerings provide the student with an opportunity to broaden as well as to intensify his or her knowledge in a number of areas of electrical engineering. The student, with the aid of a faculty adviser, may plan a program in any one of a number of fields of specialization within electrical engineering or from the offerings of related departments in science and engineering.
Graduate study and research are offered in the areas of:
- Digital and Microprocessor/Controller Systems: Digital Signal Processors, Embedded Microcontrollers, Microprocessors, Advanced Microprocessor Systems
- Solid-State Devices, Circuits and Systems: Semiconductor Theory, Microwave Devices and Circuits, Analog Electronics.
- Systems and Controls: Systems, Controls, Manufacturing, Discrete Event Control, Neural and Fuzzy Control, Nonlinear Modern Control, Biomedical Signal Processing and Instrumentation
- Electromagnetic Fields and Applications: Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic Fields, Propagation, Scattering, Radiation, and Microwave Systems.
- Digital Signal and Image Processing: Vision Systems, Neural Networks, Statistical Signal Processing, Nonlinear Image Processing, Virtual Prototyping, and Virtual Environments.
- Telecommunications and Information Systems: Information Transmission and Communication Systems
- Power Systems: Efficient Operation, Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Deregulation
- Optical Devices and Systems: Optics, Electro-optics, Diffractive Optics, Nonlinear Optics, and Lasers
- Nanotechnology and MEMS - Materials and Devices: Quantum Electronic Devices, Semiconductor Surfaces and Interfaces, Single Electron Devices, Sensors and Detectors, Carbon Nanotube Devices, Noise and Reliability in Nano-Electronic Devices, Microactuators, RF MEMS, Polymer Electronics, and Nanophotonics
- Renewable Energy Systems and Vehicular Technology: Power Electronics Engineering, Motor Drives, Renewble Energy Systems, Grid-Integration, and Vehicular Power Structure
The program is designed to satisfy the needs of students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees and to provide for the student seeking to increase knowledge in areas of electrical engineering related to engineering practice. The courses offered will provide practicing engineers with advanced, up-to-date education in electrical engineering.
Requirements and Courses
The Ph.D. is a degree with emphasis on research. The program of work is expected to include a minimum of 15 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework beyond the master's degree and sufficient dissertation semester hours as required to complete the dissertation.
All graduate level courses are counted in the 15 hour minimum. Among the 15 hour minimum, a minimum of 6 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework is required. In addition, 2 semesters of 1 semester hour seminar course (EE5190) are required. The seminar course is not counted in the 15 hour minimum. The supervising professor may require additional coursework beyond the 15 hour minimum if deemed necessary to accomplish the research required for the dissertation. These courses may include graduate level mathematics, science, or engineering relevant to the student's dissertation program, but only with approval of the Graduate Advisor.
For the direct Ph.D. program, the program of work is expected to include a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level coursework beyond the bachelor's degree and sufficient dissertation semester hours as required to complete the dissertation. Among the 30 hour minimum, a minimum of 6 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework is required. In addition, 2 semesters of 1 semester hour seminar course (EE5190) are required. The seminar course is not counted in the 30 hour minimum.
The status of a doctoral candidate is approved for students who have passed an oral Comprehensive Examination (a comprehensive dissertation proposal) and submitted a Final Program of Work. The Comprehensive Examination will be required by the time the student has completed the required coursework. If the student fails the examination, he/she would be given one more chance to pass it no later than during the following semester. Upon completion of the Comprehensive Examination, the candidate should enroll in the dissertation course (EE 6399, EE 6699, or EE 6999) continuously until defense of the dissertation. The last semester the student must be enrolled in EE 6999. This ordinarily requires approximately 30 semester hours of dissertation credit.
Ph.D. Supervisory Committee
A doctoral student's committee shall consist of at least five members of the Graduate Faculty, a majority of whom must be in Electrical Engineering.