Doctoral Degree Thesis/Non-Thesis
Under the Thesis option , a formal thesis defense is required and must be presented before a thesis examining committee. The committe is made up of three of the faculty for the student: academic advisor, the chairman of the committee, and an additional faculty member. At least two of the committee members must be from the Electrical Engineering Department.
Students are encouraged to make an early decision on thier thesis topic. Preferably before the end of the semester.
The non-thesis option requires a comprehensive examination. The examination is either oral or written, and a copy is maintained in the student's file in the Electrical Engineering Department.
The Ph.D. in electrical engineering requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree (60 credit hours of course work plus 12 hours for the doctoral dissertation); four semesters of residence and full-time study (two of the four semesters must be consecutive); a passing grade on the qualifying and preliminary examinations; and approval by the student's advisor. In the Ph.D. Program, major areas of study are control engineering, power systems, communications, signal processing, solid-state electronics and applied eletromagnetics. Research interests of the faculty include artificial intelligence (expert systems), antennas, control systems, electrophysics, applied superconductivity, microwaves, microwave amplifiers, microwave solid-state devices, human control and decision making, fuzzy logic, power systems optimization, optical spectroscopy, fiber optics, semiconductor materials growth, characterization and device fabrication, mathematical physics, quantum field theory and magnetism, and telecommunications.