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

 

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

 

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.

 

Aerospace Engineering

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

Biomedical 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

Civil Infrastructure and Environmental 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

Electrical and Computer 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

Engineering Systems and Management

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

Material Science and Engineering

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

Mechanical 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

Nuclear 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

Petroleum 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

Robotics

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