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Micro-Electronics/Photonics (MicroEP) is a joint program between Electrical Engineering and the Physics Department.  As the name suggests, this program emphasizes microelectronics and optical electronics.  It also has a fairly strong emphasis on engineering management.

MS MicroEP students are required to take a course curriculum that includes twenty-one class hours of technical courses, six hours on business aspects of high tech research commercialization, and six hours of research thesis.

PhD microEP students must take a mix of courses covering the following four areas of concentration: 


  • Photonics
  • Microelectronics
  • Materials & Processing
  • Management of Technology

The student must complete thirty hours of courses beyond the MS degree, and must develop deep level knowledge of one of the areas of concentration through his or her coursework and eighteen hours of dissertation.

The current program divides the student's studies between applied courses in Physics, microelectronic concepts/manufacturing courses in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and practical materials related classes in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering. It is expected that at least half of the classroom hours will be taken in 5000 level courses.

Although MicroEP is associated with both the Electrical Engineering Department and the Physics Department, a MicroEP degree is distinct from either an Electrical Engineering or a Physics Degree.  Micro-Electronics/Photonics is a separate department from Electrical Engineering and Physics.

Electrical Engineering Faculty who Participate in the MicroEP Program

The following Electrical Engineering faculty are also faculty in the Micro-Electronics/Photonics program:

  • Simon Ang
  • Juan Balda
  • Magda El-Shenawee
  • Omar Manasreh
  • Alan Mantooth
  • Hameed Naseem
  • Vijay K. Varadan

More Information on Micro-Electronics/Photonics

For more information on MicroEP, visit the Micro-Electronics/Photonics web site.