The world is changing, and the people making these changes are engineers. Our collective challenges are steep, and they are global. Improved systems and tools for generating energy, protecting our fragile environment, and protecting us from disease have the potential to improve the lived experience of people from all corners of the planet. Narrow approaches make for small solutions. E&T strategy for addressing global challenges is to approach them on their own terms. By welcoming the widest range of knowledge, experience, and expertise under a single intellectual roof, our faculty, researchers, and students attack problems—and solve them—on the grandest scale.
E&T hosts five disciplines labelled under Engineering and five others coming under Technology, each one of them performing under guidance of the Chair of Discipline.
Professors, students, and researchers come to E&T from all corners of the globe to explore their passion for air and space. We build on our scholarship and research to develop and implement reliable, safe, economically feasible, and environmentally responsible air and space travel. Our educational programs are organized around two overlapping areas:
Research in cutting-edge industries, including nanotechnology, biotechnology and in traditional areas of inquiry, depend on chemical engineers to decipher molecular information in order to develop new products and processes. SDS researchers and PhD students work in a broad range of fields and create innovative solutions to important industrial and societal problems. They develop clean and sustainable energy systems, make advances in the life sciences, design and produce pharmaceuticals, and discover and create new materials.
PhD Studies Programmes in chemical engineering provides students with rigorous training in engineering fundamentals and the opportunity to focus on specific sub-disciplines. In addition to completing the four core course requirements in thermodynamics, reaction engineering, numerical methods, and transport phenomena, students select a research advisor and area for specialization. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to thermodynamics and molecular computation, transport processes, catalysis and chemical reaction engineering, polymers, materials, surfaces and nanostructures, biological engineering, energy and environmental engineering, systems design and simulation.
Students also have the opportunity to broaden their education in the technical aspects of the chemical engineering profession and increase their communication and human relations skills by participating in the Chemical Engineering Practice, a major feature of the E&T department. The Practice stresses problem solving in an engineering internship format, in which students undertake projects at industrial sites under the direct supervision of resident E&T faculty. Students receive credit for participation in the Practice Programme in lieu of completing a thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering Practice - This degree program combines advanced work in manufacturing, independent research, and management. The program is built on the research programs within the department and the resources of the Chemical Engineering Practice Programme and the Department of Business Management and Economics at the SDS. Students prepare for positions of leadership in industry and build the foundation for a DBA degree. The program generally takes four calendar years to complete and has three major components: Year one is devoted to coursework and fieldwork in the Practice Programme; years two and three are devoted to research; and the final year is completed in the BME department at the SDS. An integrated project combines the research and management portions of the program.
Solutions to the major societal problems tackled by civil engineers often require teams of people with diverse backgrounds to design appropriate solutions. Students and faculty in programmes followed at the Civil Engineering Discipline have experience in areas as diverse as civil engineering, environmental science, economics, architecture, urban and regional planning, management, electrical engineering, physics, biology, microbiology, chemistry, computer science, geology and oceanography.
Students in the discipline collaborate with professors and researchers to engage in research projects involving the environment as an integral part of engineering design. We seek to understand natural systems, foster the intelligent use of resources, and design sustainable solutions for energy, transportation, manufacturing, housing, agriculture, water and public health. Students conduct their research in the Research Centre’s facilities or in the field, in areas ranging from geotechnical engineering to hydrology to the mechanics of natural materials at the nano level.
Some representative areas of study are geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, hydrology and hydro climatology, materials and structures, operations research/supply chain, transportation.
Doctor of Philosophy - The doctoral degree is a research-intensive degree program for students who wish to teach in an institution of higher education or work as researchers. Students are expected to select a research project in one of the focal areas of the discipline and work with faculty to design and complete the research program, leading up to the writing of a doctoral thesis.
Students of electrical engineering work in diverse industries and conduct research in a broad range of areas. They improve the stability and security of computers and communications networks, they increase the efficiency of solar panels and design robots capable of thinking like human beings. Our community members continually make breakthroughs that enable people to communicate more easily, manage their environments more effectively, and lead more comfortable lives than ever before.
Our educational programs have been at the cutting edge since their inception. We provide an in-depth education in engineering principles built on mathematics, computation, and the physical and life sciences, and encourage our students to apply what they learn through projects, internships, and research. We succeed in our mission to produce graduates capable of taking leadership positions in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science and beyond.
Study in the discipline moves students towards mastery of areas of individual interest, through course work and significant research, often defined in interdisciplinary areas that take advantage of the tremendous range of faculty expertise in the department and, more broadly, across the SDS.
Doctoral degree - Candidates for the PhD are expected to participate fully in the educational program of the discipline and to perform thesis work that is a significant contribution to knowledge. Students must complete the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering before being admitted as students in the discipline. Students who have earned a master’s degree at another institution but have not completed significant research must complete a research project equivalent to a master’s thesis before proceeding in the doctoral program.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions. This is reflected in the portfolio of current activities in the department, one that has widened rapidly in the past decade. Today, our faculty are involved in projects ranging from the use of nanoengineering to develop thermoelectric energy converters to the use of active control of for efficient combustion; from the design of miniature robots for extraterrestrial exploration to the creation of needle-free drug injectors; from the design of low-cost radio-frequency identification chips to the development of advance numerical simulation techniques; from the development of unmanned underwater vehicles to the invention of cost-effective photovoltaic cells; from the desalination of seawater to the fabrication of 3-D nanostructures out of 2-D substrates.
Studies programs in mechanical engineering attract students with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents. We provide extensive opportunities for graduate students to engage in advanced research and collaborate with faculty and colleagues. Together, our community members push the boundaries of their professions, and grow profoundly as engineers, researchers, and innovators.
Doctoral degree - The PhD degrees are awarded upon the completion of a program of advanced study in the student's principal area of interest, a minor program of study in a different field, and a thesis of significant original research, design, or development. Doctoral degrees are offered in all areas represented by the discipline's faculty.
Agricultural engineers deal with the development and improvement of cultivation methods and livestock production systems as well as processing engineering. They eventually design machineries and structures for alternative energy systems such as bio energy. Based on statistical analysis of the agricultural sector itself, land and weather conditions, available raw materials and other factors, Agricultural Engineers also assist in policy decision making by project planning and analysis.
Food processing engineering describes all processing steps that an agricultural product runs through before ending on the consumer's table including on-line computer control of food processing operations, modelling heat transfer mechanisms during thermal processing and developing of smart food. It also analyses the foods own characteristics for example the flow behaviour of powder and granular food products; aseptic aspects; food biosensors.
PhD Programmes may be oriented towards natural resources, power systems and machinery design, structures and environment, food processing, information and electrical technologies, forest engineering, aquacultural engineering, nursery and greenhouse engineering, agricultural processing engineering or soil and water engineering.
We work on pioneering research including cutting-edge image processing software, new technologies to exploit the power of the web, medical imaging software and low-power chip design.
These world-class research activities inform the content of all our postgraduate programmes, enabling students to work with leading-edge technologies and staff of international renown.
The value of a SDS computer science postgraduate degree is further reinforced through our links with other disciplines, with advances in biology, chemistry, business and management, and the social sciences becoming increasingly dependent on the skills of computer scientists.
PhD studies in computer and software engineering includes courses and intensive research on artificial intelligence and applications; bioelectrical engineering; communication, control, and signal processing; computer systems and architecture; devices, circuits, and systems; electrodynamics and energy systems and theoretical computer science.
Energy engineering is a broad field of engineering dealing with energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, plant engineering, environmental compliance and alternative energy technologies. Energy engineering projects often combine expertise from civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Energy minimization is the purpose of this growing discipline. Often applied to building design, heavy consideration is given to HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, to both reduce energy loads and increase efficiency of current systems. Energy Engineering is increasingly seen as a major step forward in meeting carbon reduction targets.
Energy Technology refers to the knowledge of and usage skills required for conversion, production, transfer, distribution and use of energy. This leads to the mastering of technology based on the laws of nature, as a result of which different forms of energy can be used to serve the needs of mankind in such a way that nature is spared and the economic resources of society are taken into consideration.
PhD programmes on energy technology and engineering involve intensive research work oriented to develop evidence based knowledge aiming to achieve a close link between developing energy sources and efficiency in energy processing to environmental sustainability.
Nanotechnology, which is sometimes shortened to "Nanotech", refers to a field whose theme is the control of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally nanotechnology deals with structures of the size 100 nanometers or smaller, and involves developing materials or devices within that size.
Nanotechnology is extremely diverse, ranging from novel extensions of conventional device physics, to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, to developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale, even to speculation on whether we can directly control matter on the atomic scale.
There has been much debate on the future of implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with wide-ranging applications, such as in medicine, electronics, and energy production.
Despite this promise, there are few examples of nanotechnology that have moved beyond fundamental research and into the marketplace (with most examples limited to bulk nanopowders). PhD programmes aim to produce new practical applications for nanotechnology final product to move beyond fundamental research into marketplace.
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, controls engineering and computer engineering to create useful products. The purpose of this interdisciplinary engineering field is the study of automata from an engineering perspective and serves the purposes of controlling advanced hybrid systems.
Engineering cybernetics deals with the question of control engineering of mechatronic systems. It is used to control or regulate such a system. Through collaboration the mechatronic modules perform the production goals and inherit flexible and agile manufacturing properties in the production scheme. Modern production equipment consists of mechatronic modules that are integrated according to control architecture. The most known architectures involve hierarchy, polyarchy, hetaerachy and hybrid.
The methods for achieving a technical effect are described by control algorithms, which may or may not utilize formal methods in their design. Hybrid-systems important to Mechatronics include production systems, synergy drives, planetary exploration rovers, and automotive subsystems such as anti-lock braking systems, spin-assist and every day equipment such as autofocus cameras, video, hard disks, CD-players.
An emerging variant of this field is biomechatronics, whose purpose is to integrate mechanical parts with a human being, usually in the form of removable gadgets such as exoskeleton. This is the “real-life” version of cyberware.
A typical mechatronic engineering PhD degree would involve research in engineering mathematics, mechanics, machine component design, mechanical design, thermodynamics, circuits and systems, electronics and communications, control theory, programming, digital signal processing, power engineering, robotics and usually a final year thesis.
As a result of research work performed at the E&T and of research papers produced by students under Studies Validation process who have been supervised and guided at E&T through their research work, a great deal of high quality research publications have been fostered, including 1,366 engineering related written papers and 4,664 technology related written papers (up to December 2008), which can be accessed and downloaded by our students from the IIU Press and Research Centre’s Database.
Including highest quality research articles and evidence based relevant findings from Faculty, in collaboration with the Kavala Institute of Technology; the University of Duisburg-Essen; the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne; the Technical University of Dortmund; and with Eurojournals, E&T actively participates with the IIU Press and Research Centre on publishing three state-of-the-art academic and scientific journals: Journal of Engineering, Science and Technology Review (JESTR); Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (JSTIS) and European Journal of Scientific Research (EJSR).
Additionally, cutting-edge world class research works produced by Faculty are published in yearly editions of E&T sections at the SDS Journal and of the IIU-EU Journal.