A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest educational degree, and explores problem solving through extensive research. As an R1 research university ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings, UWM is a premier place with which to pursue your electrical engineering PhD.
The electrical engineering PhD at UWM is intentionally unstructured in order to allow you to customize the degree to your specific objectives and interests. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our highly acclaimed faculty involved in the following areas of cutting-edge electronics research: battery energy storage, cybersecurity, data visualization, machine learning and AI, nano-electronics, photonics, power electronics, sensors, signal processing, and smart grid systems.
Rob Cuzner’s research focuses on improving the resiliency and efficiency of microgrids. His current and past research on integrated power and energy systems has been supported by the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the National Science Foundation and industry partners including Eaton Corporation and Leonardo DRS.
“We are working on improving the resiliency part of energy security,” he says. “The goal is a grid that can respond predictably to events, threats and failures.”
What to Expect
PhD students complete 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students choose a research area of focus and an approved minor and commit to completing a graduate seminar and doctoral thesis.
Some students at UWM pursue their PhD after completing a master’s degree, and others choose to earn a PhD instead of a master’s degree. Please see the course catalog for specific requirements.
Many students choose to incorporate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs) during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.
Earning a PhD in electrical engineering can provide you with a wide range of professional or academic opportunities that may include leadership roles in academia, government service, or high-level industrial research.
Focus of our Electrical Engineering Faculty:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Batteries & Electric vehicles
- Data Visualization
- Energy & Alternative Energy & Power Systems
- Grids & Grid Systems
- Nanomaterials & Nanodevices & Nanotechnology
As an R1 research institution, research is integral to our work at UWM and to the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees. Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. Please see the Faculty tab to the right for the specific research interests and labs of each civil and environmental engineering faculty member. For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.
UWM is proud to be one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:
- National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- United States Department of Defense (USDoD)?
- United States Department of Energy (USDoE)
- Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies
IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society: Graduate Fellowship Program
To recognize and provide financial assistance to graduate students who show promise and interest in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering electromagnetics, with a focus on quantum techniques, up to four $5,000 awards will be granted in 2021. Learn more.