DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING
Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy.
The PhD concentration in Sustainable Engineering provides students with the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with professors from other disciplines who fully understand the impacts of decisions across all dimensions of engineering.
Embracing a “whole systems thinking” approach, the program challenges and exposes students to complex problems and presents multiple technological solutions using the STEEP model – Social, Technical, Economic, Environmental and Political.
This practical approach is applied to current and future real-life scenarios in which students work together to solve problems faced by companies and organizations worldwide. In addition to traditional research, students will have the opportunity to work hands-on with industrial or organizational sponsors, providing sustainable solutions and watching their ideas come to life, in areas including:
- Alternate and Renewable Energy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Sustainable Infrastructure & Built Environment
- Sustainable International Development
- Sustainable Materials
- Water Resources Sustainability
Research and Facilities
The College of Engineering has an active research environment with projects sponsored by industry partners, governmental agencies and foundations.
- Research Areas for Sustainable Engineering
- Research by Faculty or Topic
- Centers of Excellence and Specialized Research Areas
The College offers a unique 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.
Learn more about Sustainable Engineering tracks and courses.
“The Sustainable PhD is unique in that it encourages and embraces a true cross discipline approach, enabling me to successfully blend technical concepts with practical application advancement in my area of research. The support and validation from key potential users refined and guided my research and served as a source of motivation.”
Research Technician and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University
“The Sustainable Engineering doctoral program widens a student's horizons through systems thinking and a holistic assessment of various projects, products and processes.”
Current PhD Student