Doctoral Degree Programs

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Our doctoral degrees allow students to explore their love of science, engineering and computing in a supportive academic environment. Doctoral students work with faculty members who have completed extensive research in their fields. Our Kansas City location gives you access to thriving industry, and our campus partnerships allow for experimentation across diverse academic endeavors. Over 85% of our research is done in partnership with the UMKC School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy and College of Arts and Sciences – all of which offer world-class programs.


The Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs offer doctorate study through UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Interested students select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission into the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the graduate program director for each discipline, Thiagarajan Ganesh in Civil Engineering and Gregory King in Mechanical Engineering, before applying for admission to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Suggested Compatible Co-Displines

Chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology and biochemistry, oral biology, physics, and telecommunication and computer networking.

Contact Information

Thiagarajan Ganesh, Director of Graduate Studies for Civil Engineering
816-235-1288 | E-mail

Gregory King, Director of Graduate Studies for Mechanical Engineering
816-235-2350 | Email

Computer Science

A doctorate in computer science of fundamental and applied nature includes algorithms, bioinformatics, databases, security and software engineering. The School of Computing and Engineering faculty members are active in fundamental and applied research. Their research activities are supported by the National Science Foundation and industry.

Suggested Compatible Co-Disciplines

Telecommunications and computer networking, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, engineering, physics, entrepreneurship and innovation, oral biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, geosciences, economics, chemistry.

Contact Information

Yugyung Lee, Professor
816-235-5932 | E-mail

Doctoral Faculty with Areas of Research

  • Yijie Han, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Parallel computation, algorithms, computational geometry
  • Lein Harn, Ph.D., Professor
    Cryptosystem design, computer security, network security
  • Vijay Kumar, Ph.D., Professor
    Information security; mobile information system databases; energy management
  • Yugyung Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Big data analytics and applications; cloud computing; software engineering; medical informatics
  • Appie van de Liefvoort, Ph.D., Professor
    Queueing theory, algorithms, network performance modeling
  • Praveen Rao, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Big data and analytics; cloud computing; RDF indexing and query processing
  • Xiaojun Shen, Ph.D., Professor
    Computer networking; computer algorithms; computational geometry; discrete mathematics
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering is a Ph.D. Discipline with the following five Concentration Areas:

  • Computer, VLSI and Embedded Systems Design
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electromagnetics, Radio Frequency (RF) Circuits, and Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision, Multimedia and Machine Learning
  • Power Electronics and Renewable Energy

More program details available: ECE PhD Discipline Catalog Information and Guidelines

Contact us

Masud Chowdhury, ECE PhD Discipline Coordinator

Doctoral Faculty Members and Research Areas (this list is not extensive, contact faculty for more information)

Deb Chatterjee, Associate Professor

  • Computational electromagnetics. Ultra-wide-band arrays for application to radar and biomedical imaging. RF propagation path loss modeling for wireless communications. Signal integrity, EMI/EMC analysis of high-speed interconnects. Integration of sensor and platform — antenna placement analysis. Applications of graphene and carbon nanotube antennas.

Ghulam Chaudhry, Department Chair and Professor

  • Computer arithmetic. Embedded systems design. HDL-Based Design. FPGA. VLSI design and Quantum-dot cellular.

Masud Chowdhury, Associate Professor and ECE PhD Discipline Coordinator

  • High-performance issues of VLSI circuits. Emerging post-silicon device and interconnect technologies for the next generation integrated circuits. Optically reconfigurable VLSI circuits. Carbon Nanotube (CNT), graphene and 2D Nanomaterial based logic, memory, sensor, optoelectronic, and energy generation and storage devices.

Reza Derakhshani, Associate Professor

  • Computational intelligence with applications in biometrics and biomedical signal and image processing, computational imaging, biometric security and liveness detection, deep learning and artificial neural networks.

Ahmed Hassan, Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Ahmed M. Hassan leads the Multidisciplinary and Multiscale Electromagnetics Lab (MMEL). His current research interests include Nano-electromagnetics, Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine, Nondestructive Evaluation, Experimental Microwave and Terahertz imaging

Faisal Khan, Associate Professor

  • Power electronics for automotive, renewable sources and implantable circuits, State of health estimation of power converters, aging and fault detection using SSTDR.

Zhu Li, Ph.D, Associate Professor

  • Image/Video Analytics, Object and Content Identification, Video Coding and Streaming, Content Delivery Networks.

Mostafizur Rahman, Assistant Professor

  • Beyond CMOS computing with emerging nanoscale devices, and novel integration techniques. Nanoscale 3-D integrated circuits. Neuromorphic computing to mimic mammalian brain’s capabilities. Proof-of-concept nanoscale experimental prototyping. Manufacturing and thermal aware circuit design.

ZhiQiang Chen, Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Chen occasionally supervises ECE Ph.D. students on projects that cross boundary of his primary interests, Civil Engineering, and ECE areas.
  • Remote sensing including hyperspectral and multi-view imaging, image-based understanding, and their applications in emergency response, civil infrastructure, and agricultural engineering.
Telecommunications and Computer Networking

A doctorate in telecommunications and computer networking offers graduate students a fundamental understanding of the industry and a chance to explore developments of network architecture, new routing algorithms and protocols, new performance evaluation models for networks, new protocol development and network security.

Suggested Compatible Co-Disciplines

Computer science and informatics, mathematics, engineering, physics.

Contact Us

Sejun Song, Associate Professor
816-235-5661 | Email

Doctoral Faculty and Current Areas of Research

Cory Beard, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Network resource management, sensor networks for home energy savings; pre-emptive and queuing policies for emergency traffic in wireless cellular networks

Baek-Young Choi, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networks, Internet of Things, Smart Device Technologies, Network Algorithms and Protocols, Data Storage and Management Systems, Network Traffic/Performance/Security: Measurement, Analysis and Modeling

Deep Medhi, Ph.D., Professor

  • Resilient multilayer networks; cloud/data center networking; Internet routing protocols

Ken Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Network performance modeling and analysis; capacity planning for service-oriented architectures; scheduling in wireless networks

Sejun Song, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Software defined networks, cloud computing and data center networks; software systems quality assurance