9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Programs in Applied Mathematics | Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering | Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Computer Science | Department of Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics Program | Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering | Department of Systems Engineering

Engineering Physics Program

The graduate program in engineering physics was one of the first Ph.D. granting programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is a research-oriented program which emphasizes the application of the principles of physics to the solution of technical problems. The student prepares for research in a chosen field by selecting appropriate courses in mathematics, engineering physics, and other sciences. Other than the requirement of a minimum of 6 credits of graduate physics courses, 6 credits of graduate engineering courses and 3 credits of graduate mathematics, the masterís student has a wide range of courses from which to select. The Ph.D. student must satisfy these same course requirements, with an additional 6 credits in physics, 6 in engineering and 3 in mathematics. Thus, the Engineering Physics Program is extremely flexible and offers each student the opportunity to formulate a program of study that most closely corresponds to that studentís interests and needs.

In the spirit of the flexibility of this program, faculty research advisors for Engineering Physics students come from a variety of departments within the University, depending on the studentís research area. In the past, engineering physics research has been directed by faculty members from the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, and the School of Medicine.

Current research areas include rarefied gas dynamics; ion interactions with applications to planetary science and electronics; atomic collisions; surface modifications and interactions; plasma physics; precise physical measurements; medical physics; gravitational and magnetic physics; computational fluid mechanics; space and fusion plasma physics; nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos; and accelerator design. Students oriented towards experimental research may work in a number of facilities, such as the Laboratory for Atomic and Surface Physics, the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, the Semiconductor Device Laboratory, the Fundamental Measurements Laboratory, and the Aerospace Research Laboratory.

Financial assistance to qualified engineering physics graduate students is available in several forms. Numerous graduate research assistantships are available in sponsored research programs. Furthermore, a number of graduate engineering fellowships and teaching assistantships are sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students should also apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships and U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) fellowships.

Areas of study include: ion interactions with applications to planetary science; properties of materials; solid state physics; solid state electronics; atomic and molecular physics; particle-surface interactions; surface physics; laser applications; and computational methods in fluid mechanics and chaos.

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