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The PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) program at WPI inspires graduate students to deeply explore, investigate, and uncover groundbreaking research in the field.

You’ll work alongside our dedicated faculty researchers and industry and government partners to explore compelling issues and solve critical problems: to produce more efficient and reliable wireless networks, to develop new data security and cryptography techniques, to improve medical diagnostic equipment and wearable sensors, to develop embedded systems, to control robots, or to develop smart cities and renewable energy.



Candidates in the Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD program work alongside faculty who challenge you to strengthen your knowledge through advanced course work, original research in our extensive and well-funded innovative labs, special graduate seminars, and supplementary courses in areas such as mathematics, computer science, and physics.

The program also requires two minors, seminar attendance, a diagnostic exam, an area exam, and preparation and defense of a dissertation.

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WPI’s ECE grad program prepares you for whatever career path you choose. Whether your plans include industry, academia, a start-up, or a leadership track, you’ll have the theoretical expertise and the hands-on proficiency to succeed.


Research possibilities here range from working on prosthetic devices that make life easier to cloud security and autonomous vehicles.


Society is undergoing dramatic changes—the real-world work you do in ECE will have an immediate impact.


No matter what your current schedule looks like, you can complete an ECE grad degree at WPI. Courses are online or on campus and your schedule can be on a full-time or part-time basis—we will help you make it work.


Our labs mimic real-life situations. Clinical partnerships with the nearby University of Massachusetts Medical School offer students additional exceptional healthcare delivery resources and a dozen specialized labs at WPI cater to varied interests.


Specialized research areas focus on some of the most pressing global issues, including healthcare delivery/quality of life, smart and connected world, and security and privacy.

Getting Involved

Faculty who have particular expertise in Healthcare/Quality of Life research investigate areas including MRI/medical/electromagnetic imaging methods, biomedical signal processing/modeling/instrumentation, on-body antenna prototyping wearable sensors, and body area networking.

WPI faculty members lead cutting-edge research into Smart and Connected World areas. Their areas of specialty:

  • Robotics: Current research in optimization, robotic controls, localization for cooperative robotics, automata theory, and machine vision/recognition offers opportunities for direct and independent research.
  • CyberPhysical Systems: Faculty research includes cognitive and software-defined radio, embedded systems, real-time digital signal processing, high-performance computing, logic synthesis, RF/microwave circuits, mixed-signal/VLSI circuits, wireless communications and networking, localization, estimation, and detection, and applied and numerical electromagnetics.
  • Energy & Sustainability: Ongoing projects are looking at power systems and quality, solar/wind/renewable energy, high-voltage technology, power electronics, energy conversion, smart cities, and sustainability engineering,

Students interested in Security and Privacy research will find opportunities in cryptographic algorithm implementation, secure control of cyberphysical systems, network security, physical security, embedded security, and side-channel cryptanalysis.

Donald R. Brown

Donald Richard Brown

Professor & Department Head-Engineering, ad Interim

D. Richard Brown III received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1992 and 1996, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2000. From 1992-1997, he was with General Electric Electrical Distribution and Control. Since August 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is currently a Professor and Department Head.

Edward A. Clancy

Edward "Ted" A. Clancy


Research Interests: Smart Prosthetics, Biomedical Signal Processing/Modeling, Assistive Technology, Wearable Sensors, Biomedical Instrumentation, Medical IoT.

Ulkuhan  Guler

Ulkuhan Guler

Assistant Professor-Engineering

My research interests lie in the broad area of circuits and systems, and my primary area of interest is analog/mixed signal integrated circuits. More specifically, I am interested in the circuit design of sensing interfaces and energy harvesting and wireless power transmission systems for applications in the IoT.

Berk  Sunar

Berk Sunar


I received my PhD in ECE from Oregon State University in December 1998 and worked briefly as a member of the research faculty at OSU's Information Security Laboratory. In 2000 I joined WPI as an assistant professor. My research interests include cryptography and data security; I head the Cryptography and Information Security Laboratory, whose mission is to address security problems and develop new security technologies to ensure the safety of all facets of the communication and computing infrastructure.

Alexander  Wyglinski

Alexander Wyglinski

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Robotics Engineering

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, cognitive radio, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, electromagnetic security, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr.