About the Program

Rapid changes in technology and increasing technological sophistication needed to maintain global competitiveness are causing information technology industries to encourage their workforce to advance its knowledge, skills, and expertise through graduate-level education and training. For many engineers, this means education beyond the master's degree. More specifically, the kind of advanced knowledge needed in niche or specialized areas of emerging technologies can only be offered through doctoral programs that not only allow engineers to acquire and strengthen their own knowledge but also educate them to become technical leaders and technology developers in their own companies.

The Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering is designed to meet the need of engineers who want to be the technology leaders of the future. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include information management and knowledge engineering, computer networks and computer architecture, intelligent systems and human/computer interaction, graphics and visualization, supply chain informatics, web services and security.

Program Goals:

1. To prepare and enable students to conduct state-of-the-art original basic research, as well as high-quality translational research, which transforms this basic research into a form that can positively impact society’s well-being.

2. To prepare students for a research career in which these skills are rewarded, be it in academia, industry, or government.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to identify, explain, and apply knowledge of mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  2. Students will be able to analyze a CIS problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. Students will be able to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. Students will be able to apply design and development principles in the construction of computer-based systems of varying complexity.
  5. Students will be able to compare various research contributions and communicate effectively as researchers and practitioners.