Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

The Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in computer engineering. Within this degree program, students can choose between two areas of focus.

Program Overview

The doctoral program in computer engineering is designed to involve students in cutting-edge research in the areas of computer architecture and high-performance computing, or microelectronics and VLSI systems. The research interests of the faculty in the computer architecture and high-performance computing area span computer architecture, parallel processing, cloud computing, and high-performance and grid computing. In the microelectronics and VLSI design area, the faculty's interests include the design and modeling of electronic and nanoelectronic devices and systems, microfluidic devices integrated with electronic devices, the design of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) for sensors and for RF-MEMS devices, micro and nanoelectronic circuits with applications to sensors and biosensors, and techniques to develop CMOS Integrated sensors and their interface circuits using analog and digital circuits.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under School of Engineering, Doctoral Program Regulations.

Students with an MS degree must take a minimum of 30 credits, of which at least 18 must be credits from courses available for graduate credit, and at least 12 must be dissertation research credits. The courses to be taken by the student must be approved by the student’s advisor. Students with a BS degree must take a minimum of 54 credits, of which at least 36 must be credits from courses available for graduate credit, and at least 12 must be dissertation research credits. The student's course selection must be approved the advisor. In some cases, particularly when the student undertakes a doctoral program in a field other than that in which the earlier degree was earned, the program of study exceeds the minimum number of credits. 

No specific courses are required; the student and advisor design the curriculum to meet the student's needs and goals.

Other requirements

  • ​Scholarship requirements—Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 at the time of graduation and a minimum grade of B in all courses that count toward the degree.
  • Seminar requirement—Students must present one departmental seminar, excluding the dissertation defense, prior to graduation.
  • Colloquium requirement—Students must attend five seminars, workshops, or symposia sponsored by the department.

Student should contact the department for additional information and requirements.

Computer Architecture and High-Performance Computing

Faculty in this area are involved in research on topics such as computer architecture, parallel processing, cloud computing, and high-performance and grid computing.

Faculty

Electronics, Photonics, and MEMS

Faculty in this area are involved in research on topics such as the design and modeling of electronic and nanoelectronic devices and systems, microfluidic devices integrated with electronic devices, the design of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) for sensors and for RF-MEMS devices, micro and nanoelectronic circuits with applications to sensors and biosensors, and techniques to develop CMOS Integrated sensors and their interface circuits using analog and digital circuits.

Faculty

Admissions Requirements (Ph.D.)

Please follow the admissions requirements outlined by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services.

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