Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Few departments of this size—small, interdisciplinary, highly collaborative—hold more distinctions and opportunities than Stevens’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students can collaborate with a member of the National Academy of Engineering, three IEEE Fellows, award-winning researchers, multiple patent holders, and editors of prestigious journals. In the process, they might investigate such rapidly emerging fields as machine learning and biological computation, medical imaging and face resolution, steganography and watermarking, signal processing and the future of wireless networks. The department’s proximity to New York provides myriad opportunities for both industry partnerships and collaborations on new business ventures.

Faculty Distinctions

  • Currently the Batchelor Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, Victor Lawrence has championed the delivery of fiber optic connectivity to Africa and managed a worldwide R&D organization, all part of his 30 years at Lucent Bell Laboratories. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the founder of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems
  • With over 75 publications to his credit, Associate Professor and security expert Rajarathnam Chandramouli specializes in wireless security, data mining for hostile intent detection, steganography, steganalysis, and watermarking, among other areas. He co-founded InStream Media, LLC, whose AdMail software allows computer users to select objects in multimedia content and ask to receive email about them.
  • Assistant Professor Cristina Comaniciu is the co-winner of the prestigious 2007 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications for the paper “On the capacity of mobile ad-hoc networks with delay constraints.” She also co-authored Wireless Networks: Multiuser Detection in Cross-Layer Design.
  • The co-author of over 50 papers and numerous presentations, Assistant Professor Yi Guo studies cooperative mobile robotics as well as nonlinear systems and control. She founded Stevens’ Robotics and Automation Laboratory and did postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Understanding brain-like intelligence—and developing models and algorithms to replicate it—is Assistant Professor Haibo He’s area of interest. He founded the Self-Adaptive Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Stevens.
  • IEEE Fellow and Professor Harry Heffes spent 28 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he worked on the Apollo Lunar Landing Program and telecommunication systems. The winner of the IEEE Communication Society's S.O. Rice Prize for modeling packetized voice traffic, he served as the United States delegate to the International Teletraffic Congress.
  • Associate Professor Hongbin Li has lent his internationally renowned expertise in signal processing to over 125 journal articles and conference papers. The director of Stevens’ Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory, he is listed in Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders and has won the Jess H. Davis Memorial Award for excellence in research.
  • A respected expert in medical imaging and face recognition, Associate Professor Hong Man collaborated in the development of the ISO/ITU JPEG2000 standard for image coding. He also pursues research in multimedia networking (including ad hoc wireless networks), video coding, and other areas.
  • During his 24 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Distinguished Service Professor Bruce McNair researched wireless data communications systems (4G and beyond), including high-speed, high-mobility WANs and range/speed extensions to wireless LANs. He also developed military communications systems—including cryptographic techniques for portable radio—for the U.S. Army.
  • Autonomous mobile robots, computational intelligence, machine learning, biological computation, and real-time embedded systems form the focus of Assistant Professor Yan Meng’s research. She directs the Embedded Systems and Robotics Laboratory at Stevens.
  • Associate Professor K. P. Subbalakshmi is highly regarded for her research into reliable communications across unreliable networks. The co-founder of InStream Media LLC (with Rajarathnam Chandramouli), she is associate editor of two publications: the IS&T/SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging and the Hindawi Journal on Advances in Multimedia.
  • Advanced technologies, and the complex systems they engender, have long fascinated Professor Stuart Tewksbury. At AT&T Bell Laboratories for 21 years, he conducted some of the earliest research on digital signal processing systems, eventually broadening his research to study advanced systems in general. Tewksbury is a Fellow of the IEEE.
  • The director of the Wireless Research Laboratory, Assistant Professor Uf Tereli has published more than 80 articles and won grant funding from such organizations as Verizon and the U.S. Army. He specializes in the physical design of future wireless systems as well as signal processing for communications.
  • Holder of 12 patents, editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Associate Professor Yu-Dong Yao researched wireless code-division multiple-access (CDMA) systems at Qualcomm before coming to Stevens. Besides wireless and CDMA, he focuses on such areas as antenna arrays and beamforming, software-defined radio, and digital signal processing.

Research Areas

  • Wireless systems. Some of Stevens’ most renowned researchers specialize in wireless, pursuing research in data mining for hostile intent detection, next-generation communications systems, the dynamics of unreliable networks, and the physical design of future wireless systems, to name just a few areas.
  • Multimedia systems. Medical imaging, face recognition, ad hoc multimedia networks, and many other areas form the focus of this research area.
  • Information systems. Subspecialties include bioinformatics, medical wireless networks, access control in distributed systems, integrated broadband communications, cryptography, software-defined radio, and many others.
  • Intelligent systems. Stevens researchers investigate such rapidly emerging fields as computational intelligence, machine learning, cooperative mobile robotics, and biological computation.


Research Center

The Center for Intelligent Networked Systems (iNetS) explores ways to endow networked systems with intelligence, with the goal of creating “smart” systems whose components work easily with one another. This research could result in a level of security, performance, and reliability far beyond that in today’s networked systems.


To enter a graduate engineering program at Stevens, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official or attested conferment of bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of recommendation

International applicants (who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must also submit:

  • Official TOEFL score, sent to School Code #2819
  • Financial Verification Form or I-134

To enter the doctoral program in ocean engineering, you must apply through the departmental graduate admissions committee. Admission is based on a review of your scholastic record. A master’s degree is required; your master’s-level academic performance must reflect your capability to pursue advanced studies and conduct independent research.

Degree Requirements

You must earn 84 graduate credits* to complete the doctoral program. Of these credits, 15 to 30 must be earned through course work, and 30 to 45 via dissertation work. You may apply up to 30 credits from a master’s program toward your doctoral degree.

Within two years of your admission, you must take a written qualifying examination to test your communication skills and your ability to conduct independent research associated with your general dissertation topic area. After passing the qualifying examination and completing the required course work, you become a doctoral candidate and start your dissertation research.

Doctoral research must be based on an original investigation, and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, you must defend your thesis in a public presentation.

*If you entered the PhD program before the Fall 2012 semester, you must earn 90 credits to complete your degree.