Ph.D. in Engineering


Engineering Doctoral Programs Ranked Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State University’s doctoral engineering programs No. 146 out of the 206 schools included in their 2019 National Universities rankings.

Wright State University's Ph.D. in Engineering Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration between three departments within the College of Engineering and Computer Science: the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Students conduct dissertation research in one of seven research focus areas. Focus areas draw on faculty resources throughout the college. Our coursework also uniquely transcends the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines, creating an educational experience that serves as a strong foundation for exciting, rewarding research and development careers in industry, government, and academia.

Focus Areas


Much of the research being conducted in the Ph.D. in Engineering Program is interdisciplinary in nature and focused on solving "real-world" problems through synergistic relationships with industry and government.

Program faculty members collaborate with industrial partners and government research laboratories in discovering fundamental knowledge in various engineering fields.

Recent and current sources of research support include federal agencies, military agencies, and local industries. Research sponsors include Anteon; Delphi Chassis Systems; Lexis-Nexis; MRLets Technologies, Inc.; NASA; NSF; OAI; Pfizer, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Systran Federal Corporation; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Navy; Universal Technology Corporation; and Veridian Engineering.

Research at Wright State is not limited to on-campus facilities. Several industrial laboratories, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base laboratories, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the laboratories of other local and regional universities are involved in joint research efforts with Wright State University.

Success Stories

Nicholas Ballester used his two engineering degrees from Wright State to land a job with a company founded and run by medical doctors.
After earning his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Wright State, Brian Joyce launched a successful metal-testing company.

Contact Us

Interested in visiting the Wright State University campus for more information on the Ph.D. in Engineering Program? Contact the Program Director for more information.

Philippe Sucosky, Ph.D.

Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Associate Professor
Russ Engineering Center 257, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Ph.D. in Engineering Program at Wright State University. By becoming one of our doctoral students, you will take part in an exciting multidisciplinary graduate program that encourages intellectual depth within an area or discipline of study, while also providing enough flexibility to allow for breadth across traditional engineering disciplines. Coursework and research can be pursued in the following focus areas: Computational Design and Optimization; Controls and Robotics; Electronics; Microwave, VLSI, and Nanotechnology; Industrial and Human Systems; Materials and Nanotechnology; Medical and Biological Systems; and Sensor Signal and Image Processing.

The program will provide the training you need for success on a variety of career paths, in a collegial and supportive environment. Our doctoral students work in laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities. They conduct cutting-edge research and receive exceptional technical training and mentorship from our experienced world-class faculty. Our students have access to several seminar series, group meetings, and research and journal clubs that introduce them to all areas of engineering research. They frequently present their own research results at scientific meetings and publish their results in impactful scientific journals.

The Miami Valley region of southwest Ohio contains one of the highest concentrations of engineers and scientists anywhere in the world. Our doctoral students conduct innovative research sponsored by major funding agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, but also collaborate on research projects with local corporate partners such as AT&T, Ball Aerospace, and Dayton Power and Light. The proximity and synergies between Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory provide our doctoral students a unique opportunity to be part of this community, and to be positioned to become one of its thought leaders. Through the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, our students also have access to leading research experts from other universities, government, and industry. Many of our recent graduates have moved on to rewarding postdoctoral positions and successful careers in academia and industry, both locally and around the world.

If you are interested in completing your Ph.D. in a multidisciplinary engineering environment, teaching at the college level, or participating in industrial/governmental research, take a close look at our Ph.D. in Engineering.


Philippe Sucosky, Ph.D., FAHA
Program Director

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