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, optimization, intelligent systems, human factors/ergonomics, health systems, supply chain management, and electronics manufacturing processes, particularly in the areas of printed circuit board production and automated assembly.
The minimum requirements are:
• 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.
*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.