Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. It is designed to prepare scholars, teachers and leaders for academia and industry in contemporary and emerging engineering fields.

Congruent with the mission of Villanova University, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. Its primary component is independent, original, directed research leading towards a dissertation.

The program is designed to encourage intellectual depth within an area or discipline of study, while also providing enough flexibility to allow for breadth across disciplinary lines when useful for multidisciplinary research topics.

Our PhD program is one of the few in the country that will allow the degree to be pursued on a part-time basis by working professionals, with many of the relevant courses available through our state-of-the-art on-line distance education program.

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.



For questions about graduate admission or enrollment:

Andrew Pellens
Enrollment Coordinator

For current or incoming PhD students with questions:

Leslie McNamee
Program Coordinator



PhD Student Contributes to Patent-Awarded Research on Listeriosis

PhD Student Contributes to Patent-Awarded Research on Listeriosis

Tianhua Zhai, a second-year PhD student in Dr. Zuyi “Jacky” Huang’s Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering Laboratory, has played a vital role in a promising new treatment for the deadly infection listeriosis. Zhai was responsible for the computational work to accelerate the screening of natural chemical compounds that can be used to inhibit the Listeria monocytogenes, which are resistant to antibiotics. The lab’s research results were approved for a provisional patent and the work was selected as the cover story for the journal ACS Omega.

Cutting-Edge Study Reveals Engineering Properties of Enhanced Bentonites

Cutting-Edge Study Reveals Engineering Properties of Enhanced Bentonites

Canadian Geotechnical Journal has published a new paper by PhD candidate Shan Tong and Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord on the engineering properties of enhanced bentonites. The paper presents the results of Tong’s cutting-edge multi-year experimental study to better understand how polymer addition impacts the rate at which contaminants can move through bentonite barriers and into the environment over time. More.

Caption: Reactions of the egg yolk under the translational impact.

Researchers Use Eggs To Model Concussion and to Better Understand Sudden Impact Brain Injuries

Picked up by the American Institute of Physics,,, the DailyMail and other sites, novel research by Dr. Qianhong Wu and PhD student Ji Lang used an egg yolk to shed light on what specifically happens to the brain of a patient who experiences traumatic brain injury. Their findings provide a new perspective on the response of a membrane-bound soft object to sudden external impacts, helping to better understand flow physics of head injury.