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Engineering Physics—PhD

Discover novel ways to address the technical problems of today—and tomorrow—in an increasingly multidisciplinary technological environment. Michigan Tech’s engineering physics PhD students are trained to study physical principles and apply them to real-world situations, without regard to formal boundaries between the fields of engineering and physics.

The PhD in Engineering Physics closely parallels the PhD in physics; however, students focus more intensely on applying the principles of physics to engineering problems in collaboration with physics and engineering faculty. The PhD in Engineering Physics prepares graduates for careers in both industry and academia.

Participating disciplines within the engineering physics program include

Cutting-Edge Research Opportunities . . .

From astronomy to molecular physics, research conducted by engineering physics graduate students spans vast orders of magnitude in space, time, and energy. Current projects being conducted in the department include

  • Quantum modeling of nanoscale materials for electronics
  • Computational solid-state theory and materials science
  • Cloud physics
  • Chemical and biological sensors
  • Near-band-edge and near-resonance phenomena of magneto-photonic crystals

. . . In State-Of-The-Art Laboratory Facilities

The physics department boasts exceptional research labs and facilities. A recent $2.5 million renovation provided major upgrades in physics classroom technology, and a new $700,000 gift is enabling a major upgrade to physics research facilities. Physics hosts seven labs, ranging from computer labs with state-of-the-art software packages to atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy labs. Researchers also have access to other departments’ research labs, including scanning electron microscopy labs and other advanced characterization and fabrication facilities.