Ph.D. in Engineering

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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 departments within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students conduct dissertation research in one of four 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.

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

Andy Deutsch, a Wright State alum and current doctoral engineering student, received a three-year award from the National Institutes of Health to support his research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.
After earning his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Wright State, Brian Joyce launched a successful metal-testing company.

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