Georgia Southern adds 2 engineering PhDs

Georgia Southern University is launching two new engineering doctorates, one Ph.D. in applied computer science and a Ph.D. in engineering after the programs were approved this week by the Board of Regents of the Georgia University System.

With nearly 4,000 students in its programs, Georgia Southern’s Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing has identified the need for new graduate degrees to support growth in the discipline, continue to help develop the workforce in the region, add substantially enhance the university’s research capabilities and provide additional teacher-scholars for Georgia.

In keeping with the strategic pillars of Georgia Southerns, the new Ph.D. The programs will greatly enhance the university’s research capabilities and further advance key partnerships in the region, said Carl Reiber, Ph.D., Georgia Southerns president and vice president for academic affairs. A strong PhD. program improves faculty recruitment and is a prerequisite for applying for research grants from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.

The proposed engineering doctorate. The program will focus on civil, electrical, advanced manufacturing, and mechanical engineering and nurture future multidisciplinary research synergies with other departments and centers within South Georgia in fields such as the natural sciences, environmental sustainability, public health, and education . Greater academic collaborations with sister institutions within the university system and beyond are also envisaged.

The Ph.D. in engineering program is expected to positively impact the economic and technological development of Southeast Georgia by significantly contributing to the growth of the I-16 technology corridor.

The Ph.D. in Applied Computing graduate program will be offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Technology within the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing at Georgia Southern University. The program will equip students with the foundation needed to conduct basic and applied research to solve advanced technical problems in computer science fundamentals, cybersecurity, and machine learning.

The program aims to foster the education of individuals who will become outstanding researchers, high-quality post-secondary educators, and innovative leaders and entrepreneurs in the field of applied computing. It is expected to advance research and new knowledge generation in applied computing and support the growing knowledge-based economy in Southeast Georgia.

The mission of the Ph.D. in Applied Computer Science degree program is to ensure the success of students, graduates, and faculty by preparing graduates with the skills and depth of knowledge to advance computer science disciplines through application and scholarship. He will mentor students who will support faculty in their academic endeavours, as they prepare to take on professional IT and computer science positions that utilize their applied technical skills, problem-solving aptitude, and academic abilities upon graduation.

The addition of these two new graduate programs is part of Georgia Southern University’s commitment to be a world-class institution that provides a population of advanced graduates who can contribute to regional economic development and public impact research, has stated Reiber. The programs will enhance the vitality and growth of computer science and information technology graduate programs by expanding the academic and research missions of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing.

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