The NEP Qualifying Review (QR) 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.Guidelines
All exam guidelines are provided in the NEP QR Proposal Guidelines document.Exam Administration
Note the following mandatory regulations for the exam:
The oral and written portion of the QR will not be chaired by the thesis advisor of the student candidate. A Committee will be formed consisting of at least three members of the NEP faculty (voting members) plus the thesis advisor (non-voting member). As of 2013, the QR Committee consists of Profs. Michael Escuti, Bob Kolbas, and Leda Lunardi (Chair).Schedule
The NEP QR exam involves writing a full research proposal and defending it in an oral presentation. Students taking this QR exam will be required to attend roughly five face-to-face meetings distributed throughout the semester, beginning within the first two weeks of the semester.