Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


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The Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering allows advanced students to pursue their academic interests and to develop their research skills while studying with faculty specialists in the broad field of bioengineering. Bioengineering research is highly interdisciplinary and facilitates collaborations among faculty and students from several departments across campus including Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Physical Therapy. Students from a wide range of science backgrounds can enter this program. The goal of the program is to educate future leaders in industry and academia in the field of Bioengineering.

This doctoral degree provides advanced training in research and technology development through focused coursework, extensive research experience, and industry collaboration. In this program, students will join a new generation of industry leaders, scientists, and engineers who will be uniquely trained to embrace opportunities in the Bioengineering field. The goal of this degree is to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative, and transformative research that lies between traditional science and engineering sub-disciplines. The program promotes professional development by emphasizing excellence in research and effective communication of ideas and findings.

The program focuses on biomaterials and biomechanics with emphases in informatics and computing and biophysics. Advanced research facilities available to doctoral students in the program include the Center for Bioengineering Innovation (CBI) and the Imaging & Histology Core Facility (IHCF), as well as industrial collaborations in Flagstaff, the state of Arizona, and nationwide.

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College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


Careers

What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering provides advanced training in research through focused coursework and extensive research experience using an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. Students will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia. After completing this degree, students will be ready to undertake careers in private companies, government organizations, nonprofits, and universities. Graduates will be prepared to direct a research laboratory and decide which questions to investigate, lead a team that solves problems related to bioengineering, coordinate large research and development projects, teach others about bioengineering including how to conduct research, and translate research discoveries into inventions, products, and businesses.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 60
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Foreign Language Optional
Research Individualized research is required.

Purpose Statement

The Bioengineering Program is uniquely broad in its objectives, as we envision that the majority of graduates from this program will fill the demand for leadership in industrial research and development.  The purpose of the program is to significantly expand NAU’s research strengths in the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics research, while building capacity for basic research in the life sciences to be translated into engineering solutions in the biotechnology sector.  Students will build skills and knowledge through formal course work and an original dissertation project. The goal is to foster students’ abilities to identify and synthesize fundamental principles of bioengineering and apply them to complex problems.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will build skills and knowledge through formal course work and an original dissertation project. The goal is to foster students’ abilities to identify and synthesize fundamental principles of bioengineering and apply them to complex problems. NAU graduates with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


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Additional Admission Requirements
Doctoral Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy


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