Computer Engineering Doctoral Program

Mission Statement

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by CWRU to a student studying computer engineering to recognize detailed, high-level knowledge of computer engineering (CE) in conjunction with an understanding of related fields together with a demonstration of the ability to execute independent investigations, to suggest new areas for research, and to communicate scientific information in an effective manner.  The Ph.D. program in CE at CWRU trains highly qualified students to become successful researchers in computer engineering and leaders in the field.  A curriculum of coursework is provided to advance and deepen a student’s knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals in the field of computer engineering as well as their chosen subfield.  The curriculum incorporates a multidisciplinary flavor by encouraging students to take courses in related fields.  Independent research strengthens the student’s ability to synthesize and apply knowledge learned both in the classroom as well as through independent study.  An environment of scholarship and professional participation builds their confidence and ability to interact with scientists and engineers globally.

Manner in which the Program Addresses Needs of the State or Region

The PhD program in CE at CWRU is dedicated to educating students who will assume leadership positions in industry, academia and government at the regional, state, national and international levels.  The increasing role of technology in critical sectors such as communications, transportation, health care, energy, and the environment, as well as the important role that Ohio will undoubtedly play in these technology sectors, puts the PhD program in CE at CWRU in a strategically important position with respect to its peers.  Graduates remaining in Ohio will directly contribute to innovations and solutions to current challenges and to increasing the intellectual capital of the State and the region.  Graduates leaving Ohio will serve as ambassadors and help Ohio connect with opportunities around the world.  Research breakthroughs and technology innovations will lead to new products and the formation of new companies and the building of existing companies within the State.  The students and faculty of computer engineering will help to attract industry to Ohio and help keep Ohio companies here.

Admission Standards

Graduate students shall be admitted upon recommendation of the faculty of the EECS department.  The normal requirements include a strong record of scholarship in a completed bachelor’s degree (BS) program in any of the engineering, mathematical or physical sciences, and fluency in written and spoken English.  The University requires all foreign applicants to show English proficiency by achieving a TOEFFL score of at least 550 on the standard test or 213 on the computer-based exam. It is required that all students requesting financial aid submit original copies of GRE scores.  It is recommended that all applicants submit GRE scores. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other fields may also be considered for admission generally on a provisional basis.  Such provisional students may be advanced to full standing upon completion of prerequisite conditions stipulated in the letter of admission.  Three letters of recommendations from referees that are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to perform at the level expected of a PhD student are required.  The files are reviewed by the Graduate Committee, and acceptance decisions are made based on a collective evaluation of all the above including the reputation of the student’s undergraduate institution and knowledge and familiarity of the applicants’ references.

Placement Objective for Students

A primary objective of the EECS department is to prepare all students graduating with a PhD for placement in professional careers in industry, government agencies, national labs, the academy, or start-up companies engaged in activities that will positively impact the field of computer engineering.