Ph.D. in Nanoengineering

The Ph.D. in nanoengineering requires a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond MS degree and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in nanoengineering theory and experimental techniques through course work, laboratory rotations and dissertation research. Advanced elective courses in nanoengineering areas ensure students will have substantial depth of understanding in their area of interest and enable them to effectively carry out advanced nanoengineering research.

Application and Admission

Generally, requests for admission are considered by the graduate program coordinator through the graduate school standard admission procedure. Once an application is reviewed, an admission recommendation is forwarded to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission is granted for a specific semester or summer term, any change in the admission date must be requested in writing and approved by the School of Graduate Studies.To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. in Nanoengineering an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Master’s degree in Engineering, or in a closely related field
  2. International Students: An official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the score of at least 550 (written test) or 213 (computer-based test). This requirement maybe waived if the candidate has completed a bachelors or masters degree on a full-time basis at a university in the United States. In addition all international students must submit GRE scores.

The following documents are required by the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. Official transcripts of all college-level academic work.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from former college professors or supervisors. Note: two of the three recommendation letters must be from a university professor.
  3. Official copy of TOEFL score mailed directly to the university (international students only).
  4. Completed application form and application fee stipulated by School of Graduate Studies at NC A&T State University.
  5. Statement of Purpose in the context of pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Nanoengineering.
  6. Current curriculum vitae.

Students are admitted for the Fall terms. The priority deadline to apply is March 1st, general deadline for domestic applicants is July 1st and for International applicants is June 1st for more details see…
JSNN encourages early applicants! Ph.D. applications are processed on a continuing basis and decisions on admission are made when the application file is complete.

Degree Requirement

Nanoengineering Core Courses (12 credit hours)Simulation and Modeling Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (3)

Fundamentals of Nanoengineering: Chemical – Biochemical Principles (3)

Fundamentals of Nanoengineering: Physical Principles (3)

Fundamentals of Nanomaterials (3)

Laboratory Rotations (4 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will rotate through four research labs (seven weeks in each lab) to become familiar with research at JSNN and to provide training in laboratory techniques needed for dissertation research. With the advice of the advisor/committee and permission of the faculty member responsible for the lab, students will select labs based on their interests.

Professional Development Seminars (2 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will take professional development seminars that will expose them to a variety of research and professional development topics such as intellectual property issues, confidentiality, ethical issues in nanoscience, writing successful grant proposals, effective presentation and writing skills, etc.

Qualifying Examination

Students will take a qualifying exam on their knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience at the end of their first year of full-time student in order to continue in the program.

Advanced Nanoengineering Electives (12 credit hours)

Beginning in their second year in the program, each student will be required to take four doctoral-level elective courses: physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer/computational Sciences and Engineering, and biology. These courses are designed to provide students with the scientific preparation to carry out their dissertation research and to enable them to work in an industrial or government research environment or to teach and do research in a traditional academic department.

Dissertation Research (12 credit hours)

By the end of the first year, students will select a dissertation advisor and prepare a dissertation proposal. Students will present their proposals to a general JSNN audience in the form of a seminar and defend the proposal in the form of an oral exam.

Dissertation research begins in the second year and students will take a minimum of 3 hours of dissertation research each semester.

Students will complete a written dissertation of their research and give a public oral presentation of the completed work. The student also must defend orally the dissertation to the dissertation comment. The seminar and defense must occur in the same term that the student applies for graduation.

Other Requirements

Seminars: Students are required to attend departmental and JSNN seminars so they may acquire a broad understanding of various current problems in nanoscience.Teaching Experience: Students are required to gain the equivalent of two semesters of teaching experience, which may be met through a variety of means. Students will work with their advisor/committee to develop a suitable plan to gain appropriate teaching experience.