Dennis Irwin, Ph.D.
Shawn Ostermann, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Research and Education Services
Programs leading to master’s degrees are available in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, industrial and systems, and mechanical engineering. In addition, the Ph.D. is offered in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical and systems engineering with specialties in industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Graduate programs in engineering are enhanced by an endowment provided by a distinguished alumnus, the late Dr. C. Paul Stocker, and his wife, Beth. Income from this endowment, the net value of which is more than $37 million, supports advanced research and graduate education through equipment purchases, scholarships, faculty enrichment, and two faculty chairs that bring some of the world’s leading engineering talent to the campus for visiting professorships.
The college is housed in the Stocker Engineering and Technology Center. Interdisciplinary research is conducted through the college’s centers and institutes: the Avionics Engineering Center, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, the Ohio Coal Research Center, the Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration, the Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technology, the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, and the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment. Students and faculty cooperate across departments to perform research in these centers on multidisciplinary projects.
Graduate programs can be formulated with a major in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, industrial and systems, or mechanical engineering. The M.S. is offered in all the engineering departments, and the Ph.D. can be earned in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical and systems engineering with specialty areas in industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering.
The standard four-year course in engineering or its equivalent, as offered in institutions approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc., is a general prerequisite for graduate study. For computer science, the prerequisite for graduate study is the standard four-year course offered by institutions approved by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computer Science Accreditation Board. Graduates in science and other fields of engineering whose programs included sufficient courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, the humanities, and the social sciences may be accepted as graduate students, although undergraduate basic engineering courses may be required as preparatory. The Graduate Record Examination is required for applicants to all graduate programs except in extenuating circumstances. See program listings for specific application and admissions information.
Private endowments provide fellowships and assistantships ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 plus tuition (excluding the general and recreational facilities fees). Other teaching and research assistantships also are available. See program listings for details.
Programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering are offered with particular research emphasis in the areas of air quality and atmospheric chemistry, biomedical and biochemical engineering, batteries and fuel cells, corrosion and flow in multiphase systems, electronic and advanced carbon materials, and energy and pollution control. Interdisciplinary collaborations are maintained with civil and mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine.
The M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering may be focused in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, structures, water resources, solid mechanics, or transportation. Research areas include treatment of water and wastewater, landfill components, pavement analysis and modeling accelerated pavement load testing, noise abatement, structural reliability, reinforcement and prestressed concrete, soil structure interaction, centrifugal modeling, cone penetrometer technologies, constitutive relations for soils and rocks, nondestructive testing, computational methods in structural mechanics, computer-aided structural engineering, long-term water resources forecasting, and stochastic flood and drought analysis.
Programs leading to the M.S. in computer science and the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering are offered. Areas of interest include avionics, artificial intelligence, computers, applied and theoretical computer science, communications, controls, information theory, solid-state electronics, energy conversion, power electronics, power systems, electromagnetics, signal processing, manufacturing, VLSI design, computer vision, robotics, electronic circuits, and opto-electronics.
One of the most distinctive features of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is its Avionics Engineering Center. Initiated in 1963, the center provides educational opportunities for graduate students who have an interest in electronics and systems related to aircraft navigation systems. The center participates in the FAA’s Tri-University Program with Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research projects at the center include instrument landing technologies (ILS, MLS, and GPS), airborne data collection, communications, and navigation system analysis. A special twelve-month, nonthesis option in Electronic Navigation Systems is available.
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers an M.S. in industrial engineering with specialized study concentrations in engineering management, manufacturing systems, and manufacturing information systems. Each area has a set of core courses and recommended electives.
Research leading to an M.S. in mechanical engineering can be formulated with specialization in a number of areas. An M.S. with a manufacturing option is also offered. Areas of interest include computer-aided design and manufacturing, microcomputer control and data acquisition systems, automated manufacturing systems, finite-element analysis, materials processing, robotics, combustion, energy engineering and management, thermal stress analysis, thermofluid systems, air pollution, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and mechanical design.
The Ph.D. in mechanical and systems engineering combines studies from at least two departments to focus on research areas in industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. Students and faculty work across disciplinary lines on important problems in these areas.