The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in engineering recognizes the highest academic achievement in a broad field of knowledge and distinguished performance within an area of specialization. In-depth coursework, participation in research or design synthesis, and a completion of a defended thesis are required for all PhD candidates.
Engineering PhD students work with one of our highly acclaimed faculty researchers and focus on one of the following concentrated areas of study: Biomedical, Civil, Computer Science, Industrial, Materials or Mechanical.
Ranked in the top 3% of universities
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 PhD.
Shown here are Reed Heintzkill and Filip Zemajtis, doctoral students in Konstantin Sobolev’s lab, who are working to turn a theory into a coating that consumers could spray on surfaces to both repel and deactivate virus-laden droplets.
What to Expect
An engineering PhD degree requires completion of 66 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some students 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 academic catalog for specific requirements.
Many students earn Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantships decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted to the program.
Earning an engineering PhD in 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.
We’re a top tier R1 research university and our engineering PhD students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Biomedical engineering
- Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems
- Renewable energy, conservation and energy storage
- Robotics, controls and mechatronics
- Smart materials and novel materials
- Tribology and nanotribology
- Water flow, sensing and filtration
Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. For a full list, click here (add hotlink).
- Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Department Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Co-Director (Co-PI), UWM Industrial Assessment Center
- Director, NSF/S-STEM: Preparing Engineers Computer Scientists
- Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Founder and Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory
- Co-Founder and Executive Director, UWM Student Startup Challenge
- Director (PI), Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative
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:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- National Institute for Health
- National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
- National Science Foundation
- United States Department of Defense
- United States Department of Energy
- Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies