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Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate School - The University of Akron


College ofEngineeringIrving F Miller, Ph.D., DeanMax S. Willis, Ph.D., Associate Dean,ReseardJ and Graduate StudiesPaul C. Lam, Ph.D., Associate Dean,Undergraduate Studies and M!rwrity AffairsDeanna Dunn, Coordinator of Engineering CooperativeEducation ProgramDOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY INENGINEERING DEGREEThe Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering is an interdisciplinary doctoral programoffered on a collegiate basis.Admission RequirementsApplicants for the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering must hold a bachelor'sdegree from a program that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commissionof the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology at the time ofgraduation, or provide satisfactory evidence of an equivalent academic backgroundto the Dean of the College of Engineering.Applicants with a master of science degree must provide satisfactory evidence ofan equivalent engineering baccalaureate background to the Dean of the Collegeof Engineering.Applicants must submit off1cial undergraduate transcripts, undergraduate gradepoint average, at least two letters of recommendation, and official results of theverbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the GRE. Personal statements ordescriptions of post-baccalaureate experience that provide a rationale for the proposedgraduate study may also be submitted.Applicants with a bachelor's degree must have a cumulative grade-point averageof at least 3.0/4.0Applicants with a master's degree must have a cumulative graduate grade pointaverage of at least 3.5/4.0.Applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of atleast 550, and also must submit their score on the Test of Written English.Applicants not satisfying the requirements for Full Admission may be classifiedeither as a Provisional Admission or as a Deferred Admission.Applicants with a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in a discipline other thanengineering shall have completed undergraduate coursework in calculus, differentialequations, have one year of classical physics, and must select and completeat least 24 credits of undergraduate coursework of which 18 credits must be fromone of the four undergraduate engineering disciplines listed below. The remaining6 credits may be from among the four disciplines listed below. These undergraduateengineering courses may be taken prior to graduate admission, or concurrentlyif the student has Full Admission or Provisional Admission, and is enrolledfor at least 9 graduate credits.Chemical Engineering4200 325 Equli1bnum ThermodynamiCS4200:321 Transport Phenomena I4200:322 Transport Phenomena II4200:330 Chemical Reaction Eng1neenng4200:351 Fluid and Thermal Operations4200:353 Mass Transfer Operations4200:435 Process Analysis and Control4200:441 Process Econom1cs and Des1gnTotalCivil Engineering4300:306 Theory of Structures4300.313 So1l Mechanics4600:310 Fluid Mechanics4300:323 Water Supply and Wastewater Disposal4300.341 Hydraulic Engineering4300:361 Transportation Engineering4300:401 Steel Des1gn4300:403 Reinforced Concrete DesignTotalElectrical Engineering4400:360 Physical ElectroniCS4400:361 Electronic Design4400·363 Switching and Logic4400:334 Energy Conversion I4400:335 Energy Convers1on Lab43333334263334333325344324400:4454400:5534400:572Analog CommunicationsAntenna TheoryControl Systems IITotalMechanical Engineering4600:300 Thermodynamics I4600:301 Thermodynamics II4600:310 Flu1d Mechanics4600:315 Heat Transfer4600:336 Analysis of Mechanical Components4600:340 Systems Dynam1cs and Response4600:330 Mechanical Metallurgy4600:531 Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations4600:541 Control System DesignTotalDegree RequirementsGraduate Studies 41The University's Academic Requirements (See Academic Requirements in thisGraduate Bulletin) for the Doctoral Degree and the following College of Engineering'sacademic requirements for the Doctoral Degree must be satisfied.• Pass a departmental Qualifying Examination. The purpose of the qualifyingexamination is to determine admissibility to the doctoral program and any technicalweakness.• Identify an interdisciplinary field of study, a dissertation director, and an InterdisciplinaryDoctoral Committee before completion of 18 credits of coursework.• Complete a formal Plan of Study that is acceptable to the Interdisciplinary DoctoralCommittee. The plan of study must have at least 48 credits of coursework,of which 42 credits must be at the 600 and 700 level and of which 6 credits maybe special topics or 400/500 level courses. At least 24 of these course creditsmust be completed at The University of Akron. The minimum total credit hoursfor the doctoral program is 96 credit hours.• Satisfy the language requirement specified by the Interdisciplinary DoctoralCommittee.• Pass a Candidacy Examination. The purpose of the candidacy examination is totest the student's ability to conduct independent research.• Present an acceptable Dissertation Proposal that describes the proposedresearch to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee.• Present and successfully (no "fail" votes) defend the dissertation to the InterdisciplinaryDoctoral Committee.A copy of the Ph.D. in Engineering Program Procedures may be obtained from theoffice of the Dean of the College of Engineering.Interdisciplinary Fields of StudyThe proposal to establish a doctoral program in the College of Engineering, whichwas approved by the Board of Trustees of The University of Akron and the OhioBoard of Regents in 1967-BB, defines the four undergraduate departments, Chemical,Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical, as the basic disciplines for the interdisciplinaryprograms in Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanics,Systems Engineering, and Transport Processes. The objectives of the proposalwere to 1) allow doctoral students access to the infrastructure resources of theentire college, 2) reduce administrative costs, and 3) permit the interdisciplinaryprograms to adapt to the changing research and funding environment. Since theapproval of the proposal, the interdisciplinary areas have expanded from the originalfive programs to ten interdisciplinary programs. These interdisciplinary programsare broadly defined as follows.Environmental Engineering includes the study of water and air pollution, environmentalhealth, chemical disposal, waste management, noise control,resource engineering, and appropriate fields of urban planning.Mechamcs includes the theoretical and experimental study of the stresses,strains, and endurance of structures, machines and various materials, mechanicsof solids, fluids, solid, and composite materials.Systems Engineering include the scientific prediction, control, and evaluation ofthe performance of integrated operational systems, and interaction effectsamong the components of engineering systems. It includes system analysisand design, operations research, linear and dynamic programming.Materials Science studies the materials from the physical, chemical, and engineeringstandpoints. Its purpose is to develop a better understanding of thecomposition, properties, and performance of various materials, and to developnew materials, manufacturing methods, and applications.Transport Processes include the theoretical and experimental study of the transferof mass, energy, and power, as related to engineering systems and processes.Biomedical Engineering studies the theoretical and experimental application ofengineering principles to biomedical problems. Some typical areas of interestare signal and image processing, biomechanics, and biomaterials.3342643333323327

42 The University of AkronPolymer Engineering combines fundamental engineering principles with thestructure and rheological properties of polymers to design and analyze polymerprocesses and equipmentEng1neenng Appl1ed Mathemat1cs appi1es advanced mathematics to teohnologlcallySignificant engineering problems.Chem1cal Reactions and Process Engineering studies ohem1cal reactions, homogeneousohemical reactions, heterogeneous chemical react1ons, and catalysis asapplied to process eng1neering.Microscale Pny51ochem1cal Engineering studies small particles, surface science,agglomeration, and separation as applied to process eng1neering.The interdisc1pl1nary doctoral program has succeeded in providing doctoral studentsaccess to the resources of the entire college while providing an economicallysound administration for a program that deals with a doctoralpopulation that 1s much smaller than those tor undergraduate or master'sdegrees.COORDINATED ANDJOINT PROGRAMSCoordinated Engineering AppliedMathematics program for the Doctorof Philosophy in Engineering degreebetvveen the College of Engineeringand the Department of MathematicalSciencesThe faculty 1n the College of Engineering and the Department of MathematicalSciences have agreed to prov1de a coordinated program, subject to the followingconditions, tor those graduate students who elect the interdisciplinary field ofEngineering Applied MathematiCS.Admission RequirementsApplicants tor the Engineering Appl1ed Mathematics Program must have theirgraduate appl1cat1on and credentials evaluated by one of the departments in theCollege of Engineenng and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. TheAdmission Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, as given inthe Graduate Bulletin, shall apply to all applicants for the Engineering Appl1edMathematics ProgramDegree RequirementsThe applicable Degree Requirecnents tor the Engineering Appl1ed MathematicsProgram are those g1ven in the Graduate Bulletin under the section Doctor of Ph~losophy in Engineenng These degree requirements include pass1ng a QualifyingExamination, identifying a D1ssertat1on Directm, establishing an InterdisciplinaryDoctoral Committee, completing a formal Plan of Study, satisfying the University'slanguage and residency requ1rement, pass1ng a Candidacy Examination, presentingan acceptable Dissertation Proposal, writing a dissertatiOn, and publicly andsuccessfully (no 'fail" votes) defending the dissertation before the InterdisciplinaryDoctoral Committee.Students in the Eng1nee11ng Applied Mathemat1cs Program must pass a departmentalQualifying Exam1nation composed and administered by the participating facultyfrom the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the participating facultyfrom one of the four departments 1n the College of Eng1neenng.The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Comm1ttee shall consist of at least six members. Itshall have an equal number of faculty w1th primary appointments in the Collegeof Enginee11ng and participating program faculty from the Department of MathematicalSciences. The part1c;pat1ng faculty from the Department of MathematicalSciences must hold joint appointments in the College of EngineeringStudents lacking a bachelor's degree or master of sc1ence degree in engineeringshall take a minimum of 24 credits of bridging courses of which 6 credits may beat the 500 level. (For a I 1st of these bridg1ng courses, see the AdmiSSIOn Requirementsfor the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineenng degree I Students with a bachelor'sdegree in enginee11ng shall take3450 312 Lneac Ai9ebra 33450·427 lntroduct1on to Numer:cal Analysis 33450438 Advanced Eng1neenng Mathematics I 33450:439 Advanced Eng,neenng MathematiCS II 33450.421 Advanced Calculus I 33450 422 AlJvanced Calculus II 3Total 18The student may substitute 3450 601, Introduction to Analysis, for Advanced CalculusI and Advanced Calculus II. These bridg1ng courses may be taken concurrentlywith graduate courses 1n the Enginee11ng Applied Mathematics Programand they must be completed 1n the f~rst two academic years of study.Graduate students who elect the Engineering Applied Mathematics Program mayproceed directly from their baccalaureate degree to the doctoral degree.Students participating in the Engineering Applied Mathematics Program musthave 42 credit hours of 600(700 level courses, of which none are special topicscourses, and 6 credits of special topics or 400/500 level courses. At least 24 credithours of coursework must be from the College of Engineering and at least 24credits of coursework must be from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.Coordinated program for the Doctorof Philosophy in Engineering degreebetvveen The University of Akron andYoungstovvn State University.The University of Akron and Youngstown State University are engaged in a coordinatedprogram with the objective of facilitating graduate study by engineeringstudents residing in proximity to Youngstown State University. This provides theopportunity and convenience of completing some of the requirements for theDoctor of Philosophy in Engineering at The University of Akron through joint counselingand enrollment at Youngstown State UniversityAdmission RequirementsWhen an engineenng graduate student at Youngstown State University declaresan interest in the joint doctoral program, the student shall prepare a letter of intent,With academ1c credentials, to the dean of engineering at Youngstown State UniversityThe dean of engineering at Youngstown State University shall forward theletter of intent and academic credentials, together with a recommendation, to thedean of engineering at The University of Akron. The dean of engineering at TheUnivers1ty of Akron shall have the graduate faculty in the applicant's discipline evaluatethe academic credentials and make a recommendation on the academicacceptability of the applicant If the recommendation is favorable, the student shallbe advised to apply to the Graduate School at The University of Akron for formaladmission to the Doctoral Program in the College of Engineering at The Univers~ty of Akron. The dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Youngstown State Un~versity shall be kept informed of the progress of the admission procedure. Theapplicant from Youngstown State University must satisfy the Admission Requirementstor the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering at The University of Akron.Degree RequirementsThe engineering student from Youngstown State University must satisfy theDegree Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering at The Universityof Akron subject to the following modifications.One of the members of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee tor the joint doctoralprogram candidate shall be an engineering faculty member fromYoungstown State University and normally would be the student's dissertationdirector, although this is not necessary. The faculty member from YoungstownState University shall have adjunct status at The University of Akron and qualifyfor Category II graduate faculty membership.One-half (24 credits) of the coursework and one-half (24 credits) of the researchcredits may be taken at Youngstown State University. The parity of courses isdecided by the faculty on the lnterdisciplinany Doctoral Committee when the studentsubmits a proposed Plan of Study. At the Advancement to Candidacy, theCommittee recommends official transfer of credits from Youngstown State Universityto The Un1versity of Akron..Joint program for the M.D. andDoctor of Philosophy in Engineeringdegree betvveen the College ofEngineering at The University ofAkron and the Northeastern OhioUniversities College of Medicine.The College of Engineering and NEOUCOM provide a coordinated program forthose desiring both the M.D. and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering degrees.This program integrates the knowledge and skills acquired by the student in eachof the programs. Each individual coordinated degree program will be tailored tosuit the background and researoh interests of the student Additional informationmay be obtained from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Univer­Sity of Akron or NEOUCOM.Admission RequirementsApplicants with a bachelor's or master's degree in a discipline other than eng~neering or in eng1neering will be required to meet the Adm1ssion Requirements torthe Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Engineering. Applicants will be required to havecompleted the following courses and to have taken the MCAT prior to admissioninto the coordinated M.D. and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering program:MDMDMDPnnc1ples of Chem1stry I and IIOrgan1c Chemistry I and IIPnnciples of 81ology I and II

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