The PhD emphasizes excellence in education and research, providing a foundation for careers in industry, academia, and research.The PhD emphasizes excellence in education and research, providing a foundation for careers in industry, academia, and research.

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PhD in Computer Engineering

The PhD program in computer engineering prepares students to become innovative leaders in academic, industrial, and entrepreneurial settings. The PhD program is designed with a research focus in mind, having a relatively small number of required courses. This allows students to focus on their research. 

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Curriculum and Requirements

Each student receiving the PhD should have a solid background in his or her field as preparation for a career in research or teaching. To ensure that each of our students receives this background, we require them to choose and complete a program of study corresponding to his or her intended field of inquiry.

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The Crown Family Graduate Internship Program

PhD candidates may elect to participate in the Crown Family Graduate Internship Program. This opportunity allows the doctoral candidate to gain practical experience in industry or in national research laboratories in areas closely related to his or her research.

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Career Paths

The PhD program in computer engineering emphasizes excellence in education and research, providing graduates with a solid foundation for a career in industry, academia, and research labs.

Recent graduates are pursuing careers in industrial research labs (Intel Labs, IBM Research, Google, Facebook, and Qualcomm), industry (AMD, Bloomberg, IBM, Intel, Globalfoundries, and Mentor Graphics), and universities (Iowa State, Penn State, and the University of Maryland). In the last decade, recent graduates have founded more than half a dozen successful start-ups.