Systems and Control Engineering

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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Expand your portfolio with industry-transforming research when you pursue your PhD in Systems and Control Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Delve into topics such as nonlinear control systems, systems biology, and real-time signal processing in our 12 research labs. Then, in the classroom, build on your systems and control engineering foundation by specializing in your chosen subfield—bioinformatics or databases and data mining, for example. We hold our students to high academic standards, so it’s no surprise they’ve ended up as leaders in smart healthcare, optimization and decision-making and more at companies such as Google, NASA, Cleveland Clinic and IBM.

What to Expect

Our program is kept small on purpose so you receive individualized attention without sacrificing the advantages of a larger program—namely, leading-edge equipment and mentorship from renowned faculty researchers. Our faculty specialize in connected devices and systems, wearables and wireless health, energy systems, and grid modernization—and you’ll work alongside them to carve out a research niche for yourself. You’ll also take courses on topics such as the structure of materials, thermodynamics of solids, and phase transformations, kinetics, and microstructure. Our multidisciplinary approach to our curriculum allows you to take electives outside of systems and control engineering to round out your education.

What impressed me the most was to be part of cutting-edge research projects that push the limits of innovation.

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Beyond the Classroom

Being one of the nation’s leading research universities, we have no shortage of labs from which to choose. Study how the Internet of Things (IoT) interacts with society at the Institute for Smart, Secure Connected Systems. Create product prototypes at Sears think[box], our 50,000-square-foot innovation center that is the largest open-access makerspace at a U.S. university. Perform nanoanalysis at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials. And test mechanical reliability at the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center

By the Numbers


engineering school in the country, U.S. News & World Report


research university in the country, The Center for Measuring University Performance


in the country for translating research into commercial success, Brookings Institution


field-leading faculty members in the Case School of Engineering


faculty-to-student ratio

Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in engineering fields preferred from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (optional for 2021)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS

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