The Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering. Within this degree program, students can choose among various areas of focus.
Students in the doctoral program in electrical engineering conduct research in a variety of areas with the department's world-class faculty. Students can choose from the following six areas of focus: communications and networks; electrical power and energy; electromagnetics, radiation systems, and microwave engineering; microelectronics and VLSI systems; and signal and image processing, systems and controls.
Doctoral Degree Requirements
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under School of Engineering, Doctoral Program Regulations.
Students with an M.S. 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 B.S. 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 courses to be taken by the student must be approved by the student’s 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.
- Seminar requirement—Students must present one departmental seminar, excluding the dissertation defense, prior to graduation.
- Colloquium requirement—Students must attend a minimum of five seminars, workshops, or symposia sponsored by the department.
Student should contact the department for additional information and requirements
Communications and Networks
Faculty in this area are involved in research on topics such as wireless communications and networking, data-center networks, network optimization, and optical networking. Please click on a faculty member' s name to learn more about their specific research interests.
Electrical Power and Energy
Faculty in this area are involved in research on topics such as reliability of renewable energy sources for power generation, stability of micro-grids integrated into large utility power systems and cyber security of the electrical power grid with internet interconnections.
Electromagnetics, Radiation Systems, and Microwave Engineering
Faculty in this area are involved in antenna arrays, microwave remote sensing , wave propagation and channel modeling, computational electromagnetics, magnetics and nano-optics.
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.
Signal and Image Processing, Systems, and Controls
Faculty in this area are involved in research on topics such as signal processing for communications and acoustics, computer vision and multimedia processing, medical image processing and pattern recognition, complex system analysis and design, and system identification and control.
Admissions Requirements (Ph.D.)
Please follow the admissions requirements outlined by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services.
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