Doctoral Degree Programs
The Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department offers two Ph.D. programs, one in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) and another in Systems Science (SS). Research areas include modeling and simulation, complex systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence, optimization, intelligent systems, human factors/ergonomics, health systems, robotics and cobotics, 3D and additive manufacturing, supply chain management and logistics, data science and data analytics, flexible electronics, and electronics packaging and manufacturing processes, particularly in the areas of printed circuit board production and automated assembly.
The minimum requirements are:
- completion of coursework,*
- satisfaction of the learning contract,** including proficiency in teaching and residence requirements,
- satisfaction of the comprehensive qualifying requirement,
- presentation of a colloquium on proposed research,
- acceptance of a prospectus outlining dissertation research,
- submission of a dissertation, and
- defense of a dissertation at oral examination.
Because doctoral studies are highly specialized in nature and require a personalized course of study specific to the given focus area, prospective students are encouraged to contact the department with a copy of their transcript and a general statement of their interest/research area.
*The doctoral degree requires an absolute minimum of 24 credits of coursework, or 8 courses at 3 credits each. Of these courses, 3-6 should be at the doctoral/600-level. However, it is not uncommon for doctoral students to take 9-12 courses depending on their focus area, goals and interests, and advisement.
**The student prepares a learning contract, in which a program of study is specified, including the major area of research, additional course requirements, teaching requirement, evaluation procedures, and the form of the comprehensive examination. Although the Learning Contract may be modified as the research interests of the student develop, to assure competence and depth in the major area and breadth in relevant disciplines, each modification must be approved by the Guidance Committee, and must be properly documented.