Program Outline

The Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) at UALR offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and Systems (ENSS). Faculty, curriculum, and resources for this program come from five EIT departments: Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering. The program is designed to provide a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework of graduate studies and research in engineering with exposure to the systems approach that is increasingly the hallmark of current research and development in the global engineering community. The program consists of a total of 76 credit hours, which include 17 credit hours of program core courses, 9 credit hours of track core courses, 12 credit hours of electives, and 38 credit hours of dissertation research courses. Students enrolling in the Engineering Science and Systems Ph.D. program can select one of the four available tracks for their graduate studies, as follows: Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Telecommunications and Networking Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

Program Core

The Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Systems program core provides students an introduction to the systems approach to engineering, as well as the mathematical and research methodologies and tools needed to successfully complete the Ph.D. studies. The 17 credit hours of program core courses are listed below.

  • Engineering systems component – 3 credit hours: SYEN 7311 Systems Design and Analysis.
  • Engineering seminar component – 4 credit hours (1 credit hour per semester for 4 semesters): SYEN 7192 Graduate Seminar.
  • Engineering ethics component – 1 credit hour: SYEN 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Engineering.
  • Engineering research methodology component – 3 credit hours: CPSC/IFSC/SYEN 7101, 7102, 7103 Research Methodology/Tools/Applications.
  • Engineering mathematical foundations component – 6 credit hours, as advised by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee.

Program Track

The Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Systems program track core of 9 credit hours provides the student an opportunity to gain depth in one of the four tracks, and the 12 credit hours of electives allow the student to gain breadth in the broad engineering fields necessary to carry out multi- and cross-disciplinary research. A short description of the four tracks of the Engineering Science and Systems Ph.D. program is presented below:

  • Systems Engineering: This track focuses on design and analysis of systems and their architecture, integration of systems, decision and risk analysis, and simulation and optimization of systems, that are part of the technical infrastructure that supports an organization’s application and information needs.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: This track focuses on embedded systems, robotics, measurement techniques, design of analog and digital electronics and circuits, power systems, digital systems, coding, software systems and operating systems.
  • Telecommunications and Networking Engineering: This track focuses on communications and mobile networking and protocols, advanced digital communications, digital signal processing, and antennas and wireless systems.
  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering: This track focuses on advanced solid and fluid mechanics, MEMS and microsystems, vibration analysis, applied numerical and finite element methods, and smart materials.