The Department offers a strong doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering degree with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrated the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their chosen field of specialty. A very important component of the Ph.D. degree is the original research pursued by the student which culminates in a written dissertation, as well as an oral defense of this work. Ph.D. students usually publish the result of their research in highly reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals. In addition, the students are expected to present their work at national and international conferences.