The NEP Preliminary Exam will follow the requirements stated in the ECE graduate handbook for PhD students, with additional constraints added to ensure high quality within the Nanoelectronics & Photonics area. The spirit of this approach is to ensure good practices in technical assessment, analysis, and problem solving relevant to the nature of modern interdisciplinary electrical engineering. This process will also serve as a valuable tool for improving writing skills for documents that the student will face as he/she completes the PhD program and enters into a successful engineering career.Exam Administration
Note the following mandatory regulations for the exam:
The exam will be conducted by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee (as determined by the Plan of Work).Written Review
The written component of the Prelim Exam should include four Sections:
This written document must be given to the members of the Committee no later than two weeks before the date of the oral component. Unless otherwise directed by the Committee, the written document should be approximately 25 pages in length (double-spaced, 1 inch margins). Portions of this work (especially Sections 3 and 4 above) should contain elements of original contributions, suitable for submission to a journal publication (or already been published).Oral Review
The oral component of the Prelim Exam will consist of a technical presentation to the Graduate Advisory Committee, and is to include a summary of the contents of the written component, with a strong emphasis on the preliminary research results and final research plan. Unless otherwise directed by the Committee, the candidate should prepare a 45-60 minute presentation.