Our PhD in Engineering helps students develop the ability to contribute to modern scientific discourse through independent research. Participants take part in rigorous coursework, utilize cutting-edge technology and collaborate with peers and instructors in small, participatory classes. We encourage students to work toward their own career goals with a multi-disciplinary approach to engineering, developing plans of study from courses on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, nanoscale science and engineering, materials science and bioengineering.

In addition to our stand PhD in engineering, we also offer an interdisciplinary PhD program with opportunities for a student to develop a plan of study combining engineering and a complementary discipline (e.g. natural sciences).

The flexible, personalized focus of the program ensures students can develop the skills needed for a variety of careers in engineering. In addition, the city of Denver provides a first-rate environment for engineering expertise, with the Colorado Front Range consistently rated as one of the top high-tech areas in the country and the Denver Tech Center located just minutes from DU. We’re committed to maintaining active connections with industry leaders, allowing our students to graduate with useful experience and a well-developed professional network

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Current Research

Smart Cities

Our faculty and students work to develop smart grids, improve infrastructure and delve into computation, mathematics and operations research. Our goal is to develop efficient, healthy and just urban centers. 

Robotics for the Public Good

Our robotics research focuses on creating the next generation of service robotics, with the goal of improving public welfare and helping address challenges like Alzheimer’s and autism. 

Biomedical Devices and Technologies

Our biomechanics research approaches the world's most pressing health concerns through engineering solutions in areas like joint replacement, social-assistive robotics and cancer detection.  

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Summer 2024 Final Deadline