ECE Graduate Studies Brochure (Fall 2012) – University of Dayton

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From the Departmental Chair Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Department: This brochure serves as an academic guide to our students in the graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Contained herein are details relating to the requirements, specializations, and milestones for the masters degree and doctoral degree offered by the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In addition, there is included information about our facilities, laboratories, and faculty.

Our program provides students with the tools needed to produce cutting-edge technologies in the electronics and computer systems industries. Our students learn to use state-of-the-art computational and engineering tools and are prepared to work in diverse settings with evolving technologies. Students have access to facilities offering top-of-the-line equipment with industry specific software such as MATLAB, FPGA development tools from Altera, Xilinx and Microsoft Visual Studio Pro, real-time control tools from dSPACE, industrial robots from Yaskawa Motoman, design tools for mixed signal ICs, such as Agilent’s EESof, AWR Suite for Analog, RF and Microwave design.

Generally, for new students who do not already have an academic advisor, the Chair of the department serves as the interim advisor until the student selects one who will be the student’s mentor. A few teaching assistants are awarded as available by the Chair of the department and research assistantships are awarded by the faculty who have funded research projects. There are several competitively awarded fellowships and scholarships available. Other financial aid is available through our Financial Aid office.

As you can see from the brochure, we have a fine faculty, and research laboratories. Our faculty excel in teaching, research, and service to students and the community. We welcome you to enjoy the ECE graduate experience.

Sincerely, Guru Subramanyam OUR MISSION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION Graduate education at the University of Dayton: · Advances learning, knowledge, and skills, and prepares students for immediate and ethically-grounded leadership and service to their professions, intellectual disciplines, and communities.

· Responds to the needs of the region, the larger society, and the Catholic Church

· Contributes to the academic excellence and reputation of the University as a Catholic leader in higher education.

Programs The UD School of Engineering, through its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), offers programs of study leading to: Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The MS degree has an instructional and a research Students receiving any type of assistantship (teaching or research) are required to take the thesis option.. The PhD is granted in recognition of superior achievement in independent research and course work. The research must demonstrate that the student possesses capacity for original thought, talent for research, and ability to organize and present findings.

The interdisciplinary Electro-Optics Program (EOP), which offers both MS and PhD degrees in Electro-Optics, is also an integral part of the ECE Department.

Admission Requirements To be considered for admission to a master’s degree program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), a student should have received an undergraduate degree from an Students who have degrees in other engineering areas or related sciences are encouraged to apply, but they may be required to take a limited amount of undergraduate course work to complete their preparation for graduate studies in ECE. A grade point average of 3.0 or above, based on a 4.0 scale, is required. Students with lower grade point averages may be considered for acceptance on a conditional basis, in which case particular attention will be given to their last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work, professional experience, and recommendations. In some cases, a limited number of undergraduate courses are required. Although not mandatory, we encourage submission of GRE scores to assess a candidate’s potential.

To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in ECE, a student must have received the equivalent of a masters degree in ECE, with a minimum grade point average of 3.2/4.0. In each case, particular attention is given to prior academic preparation, research experience and interests, and recommendations. All international students are required to have a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL for admission to graduate programs at the University of Dayton.

Financial Assistance A substantial amount of financial aid, in the form of teaching and research assistantships and fellowships, is available to students with appropriate academic background. Through a host of available programs, ECE offers competitive monthly stipends for assistantships, based on half-time employment during the academic year and up to three months of summer employment. For instance, from the department’s MUMMA foundation, we offer tuition scholarships and assistantships to exceptional incoming candidates. Graduate students can also receive teaching assistantships from the department for helping professors with undergraduate courses and laboratories. In addition, student-faculty research fellowships are available through the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI), a state-funded consortium of Ohio universities. As DAGSI participants, students have the added benefit of tuition free course work, using the libraries, computational and research resources (including the Ohio Super Computer System) from any DAGSI institution. More information is available at

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Advising In case of a graduate research assistant (RA), the research supervisor shall serve as the academic advisor. For all other students, the graduate student advisor or the ECE chairperson will serve as the temporary advisor until the student has identified his/her advisor from among the ECE faculty members. The advisor will assist the student in the preparation of a plan of study.

Plan of Study The individual plan of study will include the specific courses the student is expected to complete and reflect all other requirements of the MS degree. It must be filed with the Office of Graduate Engineering Programs & Research prior to registration for the 10th semester hour or before registration for the third semester. The proper form may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Engineering Programs & Research. The plan of study and any amendment thereof must be approved by the advisor, the ECE chairperson, and the associate dean of graduate engineering programs and research.

The MS program of study must include a minimum of 30 semester hours consisting of the following: 1. Nine semester hours of core courses selected from 2. Nine semester hours in an electrical engineering specialization area, such as Computing Systems, Sensors and Devices, Signals and Systems, or any other interdisciplinary area approved by the 3. Six semester hours in approved basic and engineering science, which may include ECE courses approved 4. Six semester hours of an approved thesis or six semester hours of electrical engineering graduate Only up to six semester hours of graduate courses can be included as transfer credits.

format guidelines as described in A Manual for the Preparation of Graduate Theses and Dissertations, which can be found online at

Students completing a thesis for their MS degree are examined by a thesis committee consisting of three members, at least two of whom, including the committee chair, must be members of the graduate faculty. Two of the committee members must be ECE faculty members. Exceptions may be granted by the department chairperson and reviewed by the Graduate Council and the Dean of the Graduate School. The thesis examination requires an oral presentation, given only after the final draft of the written thesis has been adequately reviewed by all members of the thesis committee and the thesis advisor has approved the draft. A student who fails to successfully defend his/her thesis cannot be given another examination in the same semester. No student shall be allowed to take this examination more than twice.

A pass/fail grade will be assigned upon completion of the Doctoral Programs Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) Before the end of the first enrolled semester, the student, in consultation with the ECE chairperson, selects an ECE faculty member to serve as the chair of the DAC. The chair of the DAC must be a member of the graduate faculty. The advisory committee of at least four members, consisting of the chair and at least two other graduate faculty members, requires concurrence by the ECE chairperson and the Engineering Dean (or designate), and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School. One of the members must be an external member whose primary appointment is outside the candidate’s department or outside the University. The external member must be familiar with the standards of doctoral research and should be in a collateral field supportive of the dissertation topic. The duties of the DAC shall include advising the student, assisting the student in preparing the program of study, administering and reporting the candidacy examination, assisting in planning and conducting research, approving the dissertation, and reporting the results of the dissertation defense. A dissertation advisor other than the chair of the DAC may be appointed by the DAC.

Semester-Hour Requirements The minimum semester-hour requirement for the doctoral degree is 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. This includes the credits for the doctoral dissertation. Of the 60 semester hours beyond the MS, a minimum of 48 semester hours must be taken at the University of Dayton. Doctoral candidates must be registered for a minimum of two semester hours every semester during their candidacy, including the semester in which the final examination is taken.

Plan of Study The plan of study shall include all courses beyond the master’s degree that the student is required to complete. It must be filed with the Office of Graduate Engineering Programs & Research prior to registration for the 13th semester hour. The plan shall indicate the time and manner in which these requirements are to be met. It is to be completed and approved by the DAC, the ECE chairperson, and the associate dean of graduate engineering programs and research, before the end of the second semester of the student’s enrollment. The proper form may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research.

The plan of study of a student seeking a PhD degree in electrical engineering requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the Master’s degree and must include the following: 1. Nine semester hours from an approved concentration area such as Computing Systems, Sensors and Devices, Signals and Systems, or any other interdisciplinary area approved by the 2. At least six semester hours of approved graduate 3. Thirty semester hours of PhD dissertation in electrical engineering.

The PhD dissertation must either add to the fundamental knowledge of the field or provide a new and better interpretation of facts that are already known. It is expected to result in one or more papers suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

with the PhD Candidacy Examination if they have passed the ECE PhD Candidacy Examination The purpose of the PhD candidacy exam is to determine the student’s preparedness for carrying out advanced studies at the doctoral level, and to assess the student’s ability to perform independent research. The student must have a DAC in place before the candidacy exam can be attempted. The DAC consists of three ECE faculty members (including the dissertation advisor) in the student’s research area and an external member. The external member may be a faculty member in a related department at UD holding graduate faculty status, or a qualified expert in the student’s research area from outside the university holding a PhD. The student must have filed a plan of study, and the DAC must be in place, before the candidacy exam can be attempted. The candidacy exam can only be attempted after the student has earned at least 12 ECE graduate credit hours beyond the MS degree, and the PE has been passed or a waiver been granted.

The candidacy examination consists of two parts: 1. Qualifying Examination (QE): a written and an oral examination on a research question (or set of questions) formulated by the dissertation advisor with input from the DAC members. The objective of the QE is to assess the student’s ability to carry out independent, unsupervised research leading to a well-written report. The student is given no more than a month to submit the report, after which the oral examination takes place. The oral presentation is open to the public. After the public dismissal following the presentation, the DAC members pose question related to the written report, or any other relevant areas. The student cannot take more than 12 dissertation credit hours before If the second attempt is also failed, the student is dismissed from the PhD program.

2. Dissertation proposal defense (DPD): a written proposal and an oral examination on the research topic the student intends to pursue. The objective of the DPD is to assess the student’s qualification for delivering a meaningful and publishable PhD dissertation, and for defending a research idea before a critical audience. The DPD can only be attempted after QE has been passed; after all coursework requirements have been completed; and at least six dissertation credit hours have been completed. The student must take at least 12 dissertation credits after successful completion of the DPD. The student will submit the written proposal to the DAC detailing the area of dissertation research at least one week prior to the oral examination. The proposal must present a clear problem definition, a review of the literature in the area, the justification and the uniqueness of the research, the methodology, preliminary work performed and expected results, the laboratories and/or other facilities needed, and a schedule of work. The proposal must also show preliminary evidence of doctoral level research work commensurate with rigors of a journal submission.

The student will make an oral presentation open to the public summarizing the written proposal. After the public dismissal following the presentation, the student will be asked by the DAC questions related to the proposal The timeline and milestones for the PhD program are shown on page 16. For more details about the QE and DPD, please visit ECE’s website at The student must have at least one journal submission as a requirement for graduation with a PhD degree.

Dissertation A dissertation is required of each doctoral candidate who has passed the candidacy examination. The student, in consultation with the advisor and the DAC, selects the dissertation topic. The dissertation topic must be approved by the DAC. The dissertation must be prepared in accordance with the instructions outlined on the Thesis and Dissertation guidelines, which can be found on the library website: Instructions on the electronic submission of the completed dissertation can also be found on this website. A proof of publication or manuscript prepared for an appropriate journal and an acknowledgement of receipt by the editor must also be submitted along with the dissertation.

The student must obtain approval from the DAC to undertake all or part of the dissertation in absentia. A letter requesting such permission, signed by the chair of the DAC, must be submitted to the associate dean of graduate engineering programs and research. This letter should outline in detail the relationship between the advisor and the candidate and the name and background of the person who will directly advise the candidate during the accomplishment of this independent research. This person will be added to the advisory committee.

Dissertation Defense No earlier than six months after the successful candidacy examination, the candidate shall defend the doctoral dissertation in a public forum to demonstrate to the committee that all the preparation for which the doctoral degree is awarded has been met. The defense is open to all members of the University of Dayton faculty, student body, and interested outside parties. The members of the DAC, with the advisor acting as chair, will conduct this dissertation defense. Students are expected to complete the requirements for the doctoral degree within five years after the candidacy examination has been passed.

has been successfully completed. If the candidate’s defense is deemed unsatisfactory by at least one member, the case will be referred to the associate dean of graduate engineering programs and research for appropriate action.

Academic Standards Graduate students are expected to do high-caliber work at all times and demonstrate continuing progress toward the degree. This requires that students maintain a minimum average grade of B in course work. The MS students are allowed to have no more than two grades of C. Students who fail to meet these requirements are either placed on academic probation or dismissed from the program. For PhD students, one grade of F, or more than one grade of C may be grounds for dismissal from the program pending recommendation of the DAC. All students are expected to adhere to the established university policies on Attendance, Academic Dishonesty, Computing Ethics, Misconduct in Research and Scholarship, and Software Audit.

Courses of Instruction ECE 501: CONTEMPORARY DIGITAL SYSTEMS: Introduction to sequential logic; state machines; high performance digital systems: theory and application of modern design; alternative implementation forms and introduction to HDL; productivity, recurring and non- Prerequisite: ECE 215 or equivalent. 3 sem. hrs.