The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers four interdisciplinary master's programs and two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs.
The master’s programs are Automotive Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Energy Systems Engineering. The two Ph.D. programs are Automotive Systems Engineering and Information Systems Engineering.
All three master’s programs are designed to provide breadth across traditional engineering disciplines and depth in several alternative areas of specialization and build on students’ undergraduate education in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or industrial engineering. Instead of continuing with in-depth studies in one of these disciplines, the programs provide practice-oriented courses that, in many cases, combine fundamental principles learned in these disciplines with application examples on automotive design, manufacturing and energy technology. They offer a broad range of core courses that not only prepare students for more advanced elective courses, but also give them a wide background in each field. The most important attribute of these three programs is their “systems” approach to understanding and solving engineering problems that arise in the automotive industry, manufacturing industry, or energy industry.
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs provide an opportunity to conduct original research in automotive systems and information systems. The areas of research are Materials and Materials Processing; Energy Systems, Combustion, and Thermal Management; Dynamics, Controls, and Electric Transportation; Information Management and Processing; Computer Architectures, Networks, and Security; and Intelligent Systems. Students in these programs work closely with faculty on their research. The Ph.D. programs are available for both full time and part time students.
Courses in the Interdisciplinary Programs are taught by faculty from the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Computer and Information Science. Most of the faculty maintain regular and close interaction with industry through research, consulting and internships. Full time faculty are often augmented by adjunct faculty from local companies, who bring a wealth of practical experience with them into the classroom.
The Interdisciplinary Programs were established through extensive consultation with industry engineers and executives. Evening courses, careful scheduling, innovative teaching and learning methods, and a selective admission policy enable students to complete these highly demanding programs while providing the opportunity to maintain their careers and home lives.