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Microsystems Engineering PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology
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Program description

RIT Microsystems Engineering PhD

Microsystems Engineering PhD - Rochester Institute of Technology

This PhD program build on traditional engineering and science degrees by providing specialized education in micro- and nano-systems. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore future nano-engineering, design methods and technologies, including:

  • Next-generation nanoelectronics
  • Photovoltaic research in silicon, compound semiconductor, and organic solar cells
  • Photonics and nanophotonics imaging, communications, and sensing research including couplers, micro-lasers, microdetectors, integrated silicon waveguides, silicon spectrometers, and biosensors
  • MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), MEOMS (micro-electro-optical-mechanical systems), and NEMS (nano-electro-mechanical systems) device, processing, and materials research for smart sensors, actuators, biochips, and micro-implantable appliances
  • Scaled micro- and nano- electronics for integration into biomedical systems
  • New and improved technologies in organic electronic components and devices
  • Anaomaterials research including carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, quantum dots, self-assembly materials and their applications in electronics, optics, and materials science
  • Microfluidics research on the behavior, control, and manipulation of fluids at the micro-scale.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the doctorate program in microsystems engineering, candidates must complete a graduate application and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor degree from an accredited university in the physical sciences or engineering
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and (if applicable) a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Submit the following: 
    • Official transcripts of previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, with minimum requirements of 156 (verbal), 156 (quantitative) and 3.5 (writing)
    • At least two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation.
    • A personal statement of educational objectives which specifically addresses research interests
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Complete a graduate application.

International students

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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Graduates of this program will be awarded a PhD in Microsystems Engineering.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Graduate Enrollment, Bausch & Lomb Center, 58 Lomb Memorial Drive
14623 Rochester, NY

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