The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE) provides integrated and multidisciplinary programs of scientific education in cutting-edge areas, including the PhD in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. Research and educational activities of the department are organized into four clusters: aerosol science & engineering; engineered aquatic processes; multiscale engineering; and metabolic engineering & systems biology. These overlapping clusters address education and research in four thematic areas: energy; environmental engineering science; advanced materials; and sustainable technology for public health and international development. In addition to the core faculty in the department, faculty in the schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Business, Law, and Social Work collaborate to provide students with a holistic education and to address topical problems of interest.
The department is a key participant in the university's Energy, Environment & Sustainability initiative, and it supports both the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) and the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP). Major externally funded research centers in the department include the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, the Nano Research Facility (NRF) and Jens Environmental Molecular and Nanoscale Analysis Laboratory (Jens Lab), and the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS).
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE)
The doctoral degree requires a total of 72 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. Of these, a minimum of 36 must be graduate courses and a minimum of 30 must be doctoral thesis research units. To be admitted to candidacy, students must have completed at least 18 credits at Washington University, have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25, and pass the qualifying examination. All students are required to enroll in the department seminar every semester to receive passing grades. The first-year students must complete the core curriculum, perform two research rotations, and find a permanent research adviser. Then, within 18 months after the qualifying exam (generally in their third year), students should defend their thesis proposal.
After the successful proposal defense, students should provide their research updates through annual meetings or reports with their thesis committee until their graduation. While conducting doctoral research, students should perform professionally in a research lab and be in compliance with safety and regulatory requirements for their research projects. During the doctoral program, students must satisfy their fundamental and advanced teaching requirements by participating in mentored teaching experiences in the department for two or three semesters, by attending professional development workshops from the Teaching Center, and by presenting at least two formal presentations at the local level or at a national or international conference. Upon completion of the thesis, students must present the thesis in a public forum and successfully defend the thesis before their thesis committee.
For more detailed guidelines, please refer to the EECE doctoral studies handbook available on the EECE Graduate Degree Programs webpage.