Provost Anthony Garro said, "The new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in engineering and applied science will transform graduate education and research by joining 40 faculty from three colleges and is an important step forward for UMass Dartmouth as a regional research university of distinction. Learning and research opportunities for undergraduate and master's degree students will also be greatly enhanced by the addition of this doctoral program. The current talents and expertise of our exceptional faculty have positioned us well to initiate this program."
"The degree will also provide new opportunities for partnerships with industry, government agencies and other research universities," said Robert Peck, dean of the College of Engineering. "Companies are relying more on university research and less on their own R & D. This is an opportunity to partner and provide the basic research component. Further, the interdisciplinary emphasis of the program will make the graduates uniquely qualified to lead the development of technological innovations to benefit society."
The new Ph.D.is a research-intensive degree, and doctoral candidates will work with faculty on funded projects in areas such as marine technology, computing and intelligent systems, health, and sustainable engineering. The projects are funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation and other agencies. The opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research will enable UMass Dartmouth to attract top faculty and students to the program.
University officials expect to enroll 10 doctoral students in the first year of the new program, and plan to grow to about 50 students during a five-year implementation phase.
The new EAS Ph.D. is the first degree at UMass Dartmouth to be offered cooperatively by the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and the Charlton College of Business. The College of Engineering currently enrolls more than 1,300 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. The college offers bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering; bachelor's degrees in bioengineering, master's degrees in textiles chemistry and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. In 2010, 95 percent of the engineering graduates from UMass Dartmouth were employed or going on to graduate school. For more information, visit