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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Director of Graduate Studies: Damon Miller, B-236 Floyd Hall (Parkview Campus)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed to provide students advanced electrical/computer engineering education and research opportunities. The program will engage doctoral students in independent research in the field of electrical/computer engineering which will prepare them for research and development positions in the rapidly growing information and electronics sectors.

Current research areas in the department include real-time embedded systems, biomedical engineering, signal processing, image processing, communications and networking, and control systems. The department has seven instructional laboratories in electric circuits, digital logic, energy conversion systems, microcomputer systems, and digital/analog electronics. In addition, there are seven labs for student and faculty research. These labs include radio frequency shield rooms, a digital signal-processing lab, an image processing lab, a RF communications and RFID lab, and a smart sensors and structures lab.

 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate College.
  2. Possess an M.S. in electrical or computer engineering, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Exceptional applicants with a master’s degree in other closely related quantitative fields such as engineering, mathematics, physics, or computer science will be considered on a case by case basis, after completing a prescribed set of prerequisite courses.
  3. Submit results of the GRE General Test.
  4. Three (3) recommendation letters from faculty familiar with the student’s work.
  5. A personal statement of intended research goals, intended academic fields(s) of interests, and any previous research experiences written by the applicant.

    All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed within seven (7) years preceding the date on which the degree is conferred.

Program Requirements


The credit hour, course work, and general program requirements include:

1. Minimum of 50 credit hours beyond the master’s degree to include:


a. 15 hours of:


b. A maximum of 12 hours of:


c. A minimum of 2 hours of:


d. A minimum of 21 hours of graduate course work approved by the doctoral dissertation committee


At least 12 hours of which should be ECE courses.

2. Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, to be taken within the first year after admission.


3. Comprehensive Examination administered by the doctoral dissertation committee


To be taken before a student becomes a doctoral candidate.

4. The general graduation requirements of the Graduate College.


5. Presentation/publication requirements as specified by the doctoral dissertation committee.


6. Research Tools:


The required tools are a graduate course in (1) simulation and modeling and (2) statistics. Competency will be based on successful completion (with a “B” or better grade) of the following: 

7. A one-year residency during which the student will conduct research.


8. Final dissertation defense and approval by committee.


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