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Washington State University Graduate School

Engineering Science, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

    1.  Enabling interdisciplinary research that underpins nearly all technological development in the modern engineering:
        1.  Allow for a broad subject area of research that is supported by many departments in VCEA including mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering.
        2.  Apply theory and methodologies within these areas to conduct relevant and timely research which addresses a broad spectrum of engineering and technology problems from around the world.
        3.  Communicate the results of their research in peer reviewed journal articles and in oral presentations to faculty and students in the College of Engineering.
    2.  Training graduate students to become innovators in solving the relevant, real-world problems of our time in many interdisciplinary research areas:
        1.  Our students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and well trained researchers to provide answers to pressing real-world problems using an interdisciplinary approach that forces them to think outside the box.
        2.  Course work is set up to meet the needs of individual students in order to help them train in an area that is relevant to their strengths. This allows them to have a broad field of research that is tailored to the needs of the scientific and engineering community and the world at large to an interdisciplinary course of study.
        3.  Initiate and defend a thesis that allows them to study a real-world problem and tailor a solution to fit it via rigorous hands-on research and study. This research is completed using scientifically accepted methods and analysis of the problem being presented.
        4.  The thesis must then be presented in front of a group of peers and faculty before being approved by a committee of experts.


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