Our graduate program has a very strong tradition and emphasizes achieving basic understanding in a broad range of topics, a deep understanding in a particular area, and excellent communications skills. The majority of technical problems require a multi-disciplinary approach and the Departmental faculty reflect this diversity in their own training. It is the overall aim of your experience with us to prepare you to progress from being a student to a colleague well prepared for leadership in your selected arena together with the ability to explore new fields as you progress through your career.
The Department offers outstanding opportunities for graduate study in areas as diverse as combustion and energy conversion, materials science, biomechanics, dynamics and control, underwater vehicles, flight sciences, astronomical instrumentation and space optics, computational and experimental fluid mechanics, lasers and applied physics, propulsion, and environmental technology.
Modern facilities exist for conducting experimental research as well as providing the opportunity for pursuing theoretical studies with state-of-the-art computers. The School of Engineering and Applied Science is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and students are encouraged to sample the opportunities provided by the many departments outside the school or to participate in one of the formal interdepartmental and inter-program courses of study. All degree programs provide tremendous flexibility so that students can organize their course of study and research to meet their individual needs and interests without sacrificing the importance of the underlying physical and mathematical principles.
There are normally about 90 students in residence selected from a diverse pool of applicants from around the world. The size of the student population ensures a close association between each student and a faculty adviser that continues from arrival to the completion of the degree program.
In addition to joining a strong Department you will be coming to a relatively small research oriented University with excellent science and liberal arts faculties. The overall graduate student body is about 2,000 people and living, social and educational encounters will put you in touch with many interesting and motivated people. We believe that this climate will enable you to:
- Challenge yourself and be stimulated by a distinguished, accessible faculty and a close collegial relationship with your faculty adviser.
- Prepare for career success in a multi-disciplinary department with a record of producing leaders in industry, academia, and government.
- Conduct ground-breaking research in an engineering school with access to world-renowned departments of physics, mathematics and chemistry and interdepartmental research programs in materials, photonics, applied mathematics, environmental science, biology and public policy.
- Enjoy the atmosphere of an Ivy League university with strength in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Benefit from the High faculty-to-student ratio.
- Receive full financial support through Ph.D. degree program.
- Establish lasting professional and social friendships as a part of a small student population (out of the 5,800 students at the University, 2,000 are graduate students).
- Enjoy life in a college town with a thriving arts community and ready access to New York and Philadelphia .