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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D. in Engineering) degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the taught courses and research components of the program. The students are required to complete a program of advanced courses in engineering. They are also required to carry out an independent investigation of a specialized area in engineering. Candidates for this degree are supervised by experienced researchers and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. The Ph.D. Candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in a variety of topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

A candidate applying to the program may opt to apply for a Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration/specializations in one of the engineering areas listed below or for an interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Engineering (i.e., with no one specialization):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Management
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics

The title of the degree and the selected concentration will be specified on the diploma (certificate) and academic record (transcript) of the students who opt for a particular specialization. However, for students who prefer to pursue interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary form of research, which is highly encouraged as it allows them to expand the boundaries of their research across multiple fields, only the title of the degree will be stated on the diploma and transcript of the student.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that graduates are expected to attain within few years of graduation. The PhD in engineering program aims to produce graduates with the disciplinary preparation and ability to:

  1. Synthesize scientific and technical engineering knowledge to identify, formulate and solve research challenges, and effectively disseminate the results to a variety of audiences.
  2. Work across multiple disciplines and develop their individual academic, professional and career focus.
  3. Keep abreast of the latest advances in science and engineering that contribute to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of society.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are comprehensive, broad statements pertinent to the knowledge, skills and aspects of competence that a learner is expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Students graduating with a PhD in Engineering will have the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge that is at the frontier of their disciplines and areas of specialization.
  2. Conduct and defend original independent research that results in significant contributions to knowledge in the field and leads to publishable quality scholarly articles.
  3. Understand and value diverse methodologies and techniques for solving critical problems in research.
  4. Verify, justify and evaluate the various aspects of the solution to a complex engineering problem. 
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally, in written and oral forms, the major tenets of their field and their work to a variety of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to ethical behavior in research and professional activities.
  7. Contribute effectively in multidisciplinary collaborative environments.

The PhD in Engineering degree program consists of two main components:

  • Taught Courses Component: the student is required to complete a program of advanced study.  This consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours (8 courses of 3 credit hours each).
  • Research Component: the student is required to carry out an independent investigation in a particular area of engineering.  This consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours.

 

For the award of the PhD in Engineering degree, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Courses: The student must satisfy the taught courses requirement of the program, which consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours that must be passed with a minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 3.00 out of 4.   This also includes two zero-credit PhD Research Seminar courses.
  2. Written Qualifying Exam (WQE): The technical background of the student will be assessed by a written qualifying exam, which is  administered no later than the end of the 2nd regular semester after a full-time student admission into the PhD program, and before the end of the 4th semester in the case of a part-time student.
  3. Research Proposal Examination (RPE): In addition to satisfying the taught courses and WQE requirements of the program, the student is required to prepare and submit a research proposal and to pass the oral RPE before being allowed to progress further in the program. This oral exam should be completed before the end of the 4th semester for full-time students and before the end of the 6th semester for part-time students.
  4. Dissertation:  The student who passes the Research Proposal Examination must then complete a dissertation on original research and defend it successfully in a viva voce Dissertation Defense examination.

 

Summary of the PhD in Engineering Program Structure and Requirements

Category

Credit hours Required

Program Core

3

Program Electives

21

PhD Research Seminars

0

PhD Research Dissertation

36

Total

60

 

 Program Core (3 credit hours)

-   ENGR 701 Research Methods in Engineering

-   ENGR 703 PhD Research Seminar I

-   ENGR 704 PhD Research Seminar II

 

Technical Electives (21 credit hours)

  • The PhD in Engineering program requires the students to complete a minimum of 21 credit-hours of technical elective courses selected from an approved list of doctoral level electives. However, a maximum of 6 credit-hours from Master of Science level courses can be taken subject to the approval of the student’s advisor/s and the graduate studies committee. The selected MSc level courses must be different from those taken by the student previously to satisfy the requirements of her/his MSc degree.
  •  For a PhD in Engineering with concentration/specialization in a given area, at least 12 credit hours of the technical electives must be selected from the themed list of technical courses for that particular concentration/specialization.
  • For a PhD in Engineering without a concentration in a given area, the selected technical elective courses must be aligned to the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research the student will be conducting towards the PhD dissertation.

 

PhD in Engineering Dissertation

ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation (36 credit hours)

A student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of PhD Research Dissertation that involves novel, creative, research-oriented work under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor from the College of Engineering. The research findings must be documented in a formal dissertation and defended successfully in a viva voce Dissertation Defense examination. 

 

Typical Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled on the PhD in Engineering program are shown below. Each student must select the technical elective courses in consultation with her/his advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • ENGR 701 Research Methods in Engineering
  • Technical Elective 1
  • Technical Elective 2
  • Technical Elective 3
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Written Qualifying Exam (WQE)

Year 2

  • Technical Elective 4
  • Technical Elective 5
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • Technical Elective 6
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Research Proposal Examination (RPE)

Year 3

  • Technical Elective 7
  • ENGR 703 PhD Research Seminar I
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 704 PhD Research Seminar II
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation

Year 4

  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Research Dissertation Examination

 

Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • ENGR 701 Research Methods in Engineering
  • Technical Elective 1
  • Technical Elective 2
  • Technical Elective 3

Year 2

  • Technical Elective 4
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Written Qualifying Exam (WQE)

Year 3

  • Technical Elective 5
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Research Proposal Examination (RPE)

Year 4

  • Technical Elective 6
  • ENGR 703 PhD Research Seminar I
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • Technical Elective 7
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation

Year 5

  • ENGR 704 PhD Research Seminar II
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation

Year 6

  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • ENGR 799 PhD Research Dissertation
  • PhD Research Dissertation Examination

 

PhD in Engineering Concentrations and Courses

For a PhD in Engineering with a concentration/specialization in a given area, at least 12 credit-hours of the technical electives of the program must be selected from the themed list of technical courses for that particular concentration/specialization.  A student can only select one concentration. The concentrations of the PhD in Engineering program and their list of technical elective courses are given below.

 

AERO 701

Nonlinear Structural Dynamics

AERO 702

Advanced Composite Materials and Structures

AERO 703

Numerical Methods in Aerofluids

AERO 711/ MEEN 701

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue

AERO 712/ MEEN 702

Damage Mechanics of Solis and Structures

AERO/ MEEN 723

Advanced Combustion

AERO/ MEEN 761

Advanced Process Dynamics and Control

AERO/ MEEN 764

Optimal Control

AERO 794 

Selected Topics in Aerospace Engineering

BMED 711

Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering

BMED 712

Rehabilitation and Augmentation of Human Movement

BMED 713

Advanced Physiological Systems

BMED 716

Medical Device Innovation

BMED 794 

Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering

CHEG 700/ CIVE 714

Sustainable Desalination

CHEG 705/ CIVE 717

Membrane Technology

CHEG709

Modelling and engineering of microbial bioprocesses

CHEG 710

Physical and Chemical Treatment of Waters

CHEG 715

Biological Wastewater Treatment

CHEG 720

Modelling and Engineering of Microbial Environmental Bioprocesses

CHEG 730

Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation

CHEG 735

Electrochemical Engineering

CHEG 745

Multicomponent Mass Transfer

CHEG 750

Molecular Thermodynamics

CHEG 755

Phase Equilibria

CHEG 760

Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

CHEG 765

Computational Fluid Dynamics

CHEG 780

Applied Nanotechnology

CHEG 790

Dynamic Behavior of Process Systems

CHEG 794

Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering

CIVE 703

Ground Water Hydrology

CIVE 707

Environmental Remote Sensing and Satellite Image Processing

CIVE 712

Remediation Engineering

CIVE 714/ CHEG 700

Sustainable Desalination Processes

CIVE 717/ CHEG 705

Membrane Technology

CIVE 718

Advanced Topics in Applied Environmental Chemistry

CIVE 719

Climate Dynamics

CIVE 720

Nanotechnology in Water Purification

CIVE 721

Aquatic Chemistry

CIVE 722

Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

CIVE 730/ ESMA 790

Public Transit Operations and Planning

CIVE 750

Non-Linear Mechanics of Construction Materials

CIVE 751

Non-linear FE Analysis of Civil Engineering Structures

CIVE 755

Geotechnical Natural Hazards Mitigation

CIVE 756

Chemo-mechanical Modelling & Design of Flexible Pavements

CIVE 760

Construction Procurement

CIVE 761

Productivity Improvement in Construction

CIVE 762/ ESMA 770

Advanced Building Info Management

CIVE 794

Selected Topics in Civil Infrastructural and Environmental Engineering

ECCE 701

Power System Modelling and Control

ECCE 703

Embedded Generation Operation and Control

ECCE 706

Power Quality and FACTS Devices

ECCE 710

Analysis of Power Systems Over-voltages and Transients

ECCE 711

Advanced Power System Grounding and Safety

ECCE 714

Application of Heuristic Optimization Techniques to Power Systems

ECCE 721

Analog Mixed Signal Design Techniques

ECCE 722

Numerical Simulation of Circuits and Systems

ECCE 723

High Speed Communication Circuits

ECCE 731

Distributed Computing

ECCE 732

Machine Learning and Applications

ECCE 733

High Speed Computer Arithmetic

ECCE 734

Advanced Computer Architecture

ECCE735

Advanced Computer Vision Paradigms

ECCE 736

Advanced Topics in IoT and Blockchain

ECCE 737

Network and Information Security

ECCE 738

High Performance Computing

ECCE 741

Advanced Digital Communications

ECCE 742

Advanced Concepts in Stochastic Processes, Detection, and Estimation Theory

ECCE 743

Broadband Communication Systems

ECCE 744

Optical Wireless Communication Systems

ECCE 751

Discontinuous Control Systems

ECCE 752

Nonlinear Control Systems

ECCE 753

Computational Prototyping of Dynamical Systems

ECCE 754

Computational Prototyping of Partial Differential Equations

ECCE 755

Cognitive Robotics

ECCE 756

Robotic Perception

ECCE 771

Advanced Integrated Circuits Technology

ECCE 772

Advanced Microsystem Design

ECCE 773

Photonic Materials and Metamaterials Design for Engineers

ECCE 774

Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits

ECCE 778

Physics and Manufacturability of Advanced Micro and Nano Devices

ECCE 781

The Physics of Solar Cells

ECCE 794

Selected Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ESMA 701

Advanced Systems Optimization

ESMA 710

Times Series Analysis Modeling and Prediction

ESMA 711

Advanced Business Analytics

ESMA 720

Advanced Production and Operations Management

ESMA 721

Stochastic Processes and Applications

ESMA 722

Technology strategy

ESMA 730

Complex Network Analysis

ESMA 740

Sustainable Development and Policy

ESMA 741

Advanced Modeling for Energy Planning

ESMA 742

Energy Economics Finance and Policy

ESMA 743

Engineering Energy and Poverty Solutions

ESMA 780

Advanced Urbanism: Urban Design Ideals and Action

ESMA 781

Modeling Urban Energy Flows

ESMA 782

Advanced Topics in GIS

ESMA 770 / CIVE 762

Advanced Building Info Management

ESMA 790/ CIVE 730

Public Transit Operations and Planning

ESMA 794

Selected Topics in Engineering Systems and Management

MSEN 701

Electrochemical Processes and Devices

MSEN 710

Advanced Solid State Physics

MSEN 712

Imaging of Materials: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis

MSEN 715

Advanced Imaging of Materials: Transmission Electron Microscopy

MSEN 730

Science and Engineering of Thin Films, Surfaces and Interfaces

MSEN 740

Advances in Investigation of Intermolecular and Surface Forces

MSEN 750

High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells: Designs and Technologies

MSEN 760

Thin Film Solar Cells: From Design to Applications

MSEN 794

Selected Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

MEEN 701/ AERO 711

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue

MEEN 702/ AERO 712

Damage Mechanics of Solis and Structures

MEEN 703

Linear and Nonlinear Finite Element Methods

MEEN 704

Computational Inelasticity

MEEN 705

Micromechanics of Materials

MEEN 706

Theory of Plasticity

MEEN 721

Computational Fluid Mechanics

MEEN 722

Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics

MEEN/AERO 723

Advanced Combustion

MEEN 724

Advanced Modeling of Cooling Systems

MEEN 725

Multiphase Flow in Porous Media

MEEN 741

Advanced Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer

MEEN 742

Advanced Convection Heat Transfer

MEEN 743

Micro-Nano Energy Transport

MEEN 744

Interfacial Transport and Phase Change Heat Transfer

MEEN 745

Concentrated Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage

MEEN/AERO 761

Advanced Process Dynamics and Control

MEEN 762

Analysis and Simulation of Mechatronics Systems

MEEN 763

Theory and design of digital control systems

MEEN/AERO 764

Optimal Control

MEEN 765

Acoustics and Noise Control

MEEN 766

MEMS Theory and Applications

MEEN 781

 Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

MEEN 782

Materials Characterization Techniques

MEEN 791

Estimation and Inference from Data and Models

MEEN 792

Advanced Nanomaterials and Their Mechanical Applications

MEEN 794

Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering

NUCE 701

Advanced Computational Methods of Particle Transport

NUCE 702

Nuclear Systems and Materials/Accident analysis

NUCE 703

Aging Management of Nuclear Materials

NUCE 704

The Reactor Core Design Analysis for light water reactors

NUCE 705

Nuclear Criticality Safety Assessment

NUCE 794

Selected Topics in Nuclear Engineering

PEEG 723

Stimulation of Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

PEEG 730

Fluid Flow and Transport Processes in Porous Media

PEEG 732

Hybrid Enhanced Oil Recovery

PEEG 733

Miscible Gas Flooding

PEEG 746

Emerging Well Construction Technology

PEEG 747

Horizontal and Multilateral Drilling and Completion

PEEG 749

Characterization and Modelling of Unconventional Reservoirs

PEEG 752

Simulation of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

PEEG 794

Selected Topics in Petroleum Engineering

ECCE 732

Machine Learning and Applications

ECCE 735

Advanced Computer Vision Paradigms

ECCE 755

Cognitive Robotics

ECCE 756

Robotic Perception

MEEN/AERO 761

Advanced Process Dynamics and Control

MEEN 762

Analysis and Simulation of Mechatronics Systems

MEEN 763

Theory and design of digital control systems

MEEN/AERO 764

Optimal Control

MEEN 765

Acoustics and Noise Control

MEEN 767/ ECCE 757

Control of Robotic Systems