Doctoral Program


The ECE department offers the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, which provides advanced knowledge and research experience in a chosen area of electrical and computer engineering. To earn a Ph.D. degree, students must successfully complete a doctoral dissertation that demonstrates aptitude to perform independent research and complete a specified number of graduate level coursework in the department. Successful doctoral candidates learn how to acquire advanced knowledge from published research articles, identify research problems, formulate plausible approaches to solve them, analyze and evaluate proposed solutions, and present technical material orally and in writing.

A doctoral student is expected to have one or more archival publications on research performed for the dissertation.

Students have the flexibility of selecting his/her advisor. The faculty contact assigned at the time of admission serves as the advisor for the first two semesters or until a permanent advisor is formally selected by the student at the time of submitting the Plan of study.

The ECE Department comprises the following four Technical Thrust Groups, serving a wide range of focus areas within electrical and computer engineering. List of faculty, active research areas, and courses typically offered within these TTGs are available by following the corresponding links.

Communication, Control, and Signal Processing
Active research areas include wireless communications and networking, communications traffic modeling, pattern recognition, computer vision, medical and natural image processing, RF circuits and systems, spacecraft controls, multivariable controls, optimal controls, and nonlinear controls.

Computer Systems
Active research projects include embedded systems and robotics, embedded computing and architectures, hardware security, hardware/software co-design, real-time OS, reconfigurable computing, multicore computing, digital VLSI, Big Data, embedded mobile computing, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, heterogeneous many-core architecture.

Devices, Circuits, and Systems
Active research areas include RF circuit design, antennas, analog and mixed-signal circuit design, power electronics, fiber-optic sensors, laser and detector design, optical and optoelectronic networks, optical image processing, optoelectronic material science, photovoltaics, quantum devices, materials for submicron lithography, microstructural analyses, vacuum microelectronics, radiation hardened devices, packaging and systems integration, and device modeling.

Power Systems
Active research areas include power systems modeling and analysis, power electronics, Smart Grid, microgrids, power system stability and control, power system optimization, utility applications, high voltage, condition monitoring, economic operation of power systems, electromechanical systems and drives, power system protection, and renewable energy.

Details of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree are available in the Ph.D. degree requirements page. It is the student's responsibility to understand and follow the above requirements. The student should consult his or her advisor and/or the advisory committee to develop a Plan of Study for meeting the Ph.D. program requirements of course work and examinations. The student should update the Plan of Study on file in case of deviations. The ultimate goal is to acquire breadth and depth of knowledge in the chosen field of study and develop a research plan in consultation with the advisor and/or the committee, leading to a doctoral dissertation.

For additional details, refer to the University Catalog at: