Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Congruent with the University’s mission, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. Its purpose is to educate highly qualified engineering scholars for academia, industry and government.

Doctoral candidates wishing to concentrate their studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering will take courses and pursue research projects reflecting the specialties of the department’s highly distinguished and nationally recognized faculty, including:

  • Advanced Antenna Design
  • Advanced Computer and Mobile Networks
  • Advanced DC-DC Converters
  • Advanced Emission Control Algorithms for Engines
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Hardware and FPGA Security
  • Electrical Communications
  • Microgrids
  • Nanostructured, High Efficiency Low Cost Solar Cells
  • Photonic Fiber Sensors
  • Pin Diode Modeling
  • Through the Wall Radar Imaging

Research and Facilities

The College of Engineering has an active research environment with projects sponsored by industry partners, governmental agencies and foundations.


Professional Development

The College is unique in its professional development program for doctoral students, which reflects Villanova’s commitment to high quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person. Based on your area of professional interest, two tracks are available: Academic Scholars and Industry Scholars. Each offers the option to pursue a corresponding certificate.

In addition, Villanova’s Career Center recognizes and supports the unique career needs of graduate students as you pursue new academic and career goals. Tailored advising and guidance are available as well as online resources that use the latest technology to network, polish your resume, job search, prepare for an interview and more.

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies


Christopher Mansour, graduate of Villanova's doctoral program in engineering.

“I always wanted to work in academia to allow me to combine my passions for teaching and research. I actively pursued opportunities to grow as an educator, from working as a teaching assistant for several labs to mentoring undergraduate students.”

Christopher Mansour
Assistant Professor, Computing & Information Science, Mercyhurst University
Concentration: Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity


"The PhD program brings together faculties from various departments to solve challenging problems and bring innovative ideas."

Khaja Yaser
Concentration: Electrical Engineering



Mahmoud Kabalan, graduate of Villanova's doctoral program in engineering program.


Title: Assistant Professor and Director, University of St Thomas Microgrid Research Center

PhD Concentration: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Focus: Large-signal lyapunov-based stability analysis of DC/AC inverters and inverter-based microgrids


Amal Kabalan, assistant professor at Bucknell University, works with a student in the lab.


Title: Assistant Professor, Bucknell University

PhD Concentration: Electrical Engineering

Research Focus: Integrating nanotechnology structures in electronic devices


Christopher Thajudeen works with another student in a Villanova engineering lab.


Title: Technology Lead, Radar and Sensing, Naval Air Systems Command 

PhD Concentration: Electrical Engineering 

Research Focus: Antenna design, radar systems, microwave systems