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Dear Prospective Doctoral Student:

I am delighted that you are interested in learning more about RIT’s PhD in Engineering program! Our unique program will provide you with the disciplinary strength to accomplish technical research combined with industry relevant context needed to solve daunting problems facing humanity. As a student in the Ph.D. in Engineering program, you may address both fundamental and applied research problems of global importance for the 21st Century, centered on four key industries - Transportation, Energy, Communications and Healthcare (T/E/C/H). Today, we face global challenges in T/E/C/H that demand highly trained engineers with deep disciplinary skills and a thorough contextual understanding for their research efforts. We expect graduates of this program to emerge as the next generation of engineering leaders who will tackle some of the most daunting and complex problems facing our society. Currently, eight existing academic programs (biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical and microelectronic engineering) and their faculty are aligned to support students from a variety of disciplines interested in cutting edge basic and applied research.

I hope that you will consider applying to our program and help us make a world of difference for humanity.


Dr. Edward Hensel, PE

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, KGCOE

Ph.D. in Engineering Program Director


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