Electrical and Computer EngineeringWestern Engineering

Ph.D. Program

Time To Completion:

12 terms (4 years)

Funding Details:

Eligible research-based students will receive a minimum of $13,000 plus tuition annually (excludes ancillary fees) through research grants, contracts, scholarships and teaching assistantships. Follwing the completion of the PhD Comprehensive exam PhD funding wil be increased ti $14,000 annually. To maintain fundable status, students must sustain an average of 78% at Western.

Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Course Offerings

**All courses & schedules may be subject to change. Please regularly check this page for the most up to date information**

Summer 2017

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start Day
ECE 9200L Software Engineering for Human-Computer Interface Design Dr. Eagleson Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm UCC 41 May 9, 2017
ECE 9304L Digital Modulation & Coding R. Rao Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm  SSC 3014 May 16, 2017
ECE 9607 Cooperative Distributed Systems Engineering: Technologies &Applications H. Ghenniwa Monday 3:00-6:00pm   UCC 37 May 15, 2017
ECE 9505 Control, Instrumentation and Electrical Systems in Nuclear Power Plants J. Jiang See course outline
ECE 9407 Sensor Networks & Embedded Systems K. Meerja Monday & Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm  SSC 2032 May 15, 2017

Fall 2017

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start day
ECE 9506 Linear Systems and Modern Control Theory L. Brown Tuesday 5:30-7pm & Thursday 5:00-6:30pm SEB 1200 September 12
ECE 9201 Digital Image Processing H. Ladak

Monday 5:30-6:30pm SEB 1200

Thursday 9:30-10:30am SEB 2200

Friday 10:30-11:30am SEB 1200

September 7
ECE 9101 Computational Electromagnetics K. Adamiak

Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm SSC 2028 & Thursday 1:30-2:30pm SEB 2100

September 26
ECE 9403 High Frequency Power Converters G. Moschopoulos

 Tuesday 10:30-12:30pm SSC 3006

Wednesday 9:30-11:30am UCC 63 

Thursday 9:30-11:30am  UCC 60


ECE 9408 Modeling Power Sytems for Protection, Control, and Transient Studies F. Badrkhani Ajaei Wednesday 2:30-5:30pm  B&GS 0165 September 13
ECE 9510 Telerobotics I. Polushin

 Monday 3:30-6:30pm SH 2240 & 

Wednesday 3:30-6:30pm SH 2355

September 11
ECE 9608 Advanced Topics in Software Engineering L. Capretz

Thursday 2:30-5:30pm NCB 113

September 14
ECE 9305 Applied Probability Theory S. Primak

 Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm  SEB 2202

September 13

Winter 2018

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start day
ECE 9202 Advanced Image Processing & Analysis A. Ward
ECE 9203 Random Signals, Adaptive and Kalman Filtering V. Parsa Friday 8:30-11:30am FNB 1270
ECE 9308 Wireless Communications: Design and Simulation X. Wang Wednesday 9:00-12:00pm FNB 1200
ECE 9400 Flexible AC Transmission Systems FACTS R. Varma Thursday 3:30-6:30pm  UCC 67
ECE 9504 Optimization Techniques R. Patel


ECE 9609 Introduction to Hacking: Exploitation and Protection of Systems and Software A. Essex Friday 11:30-2:30pm   SEB 2099
ECE 9507 Advanced Digital Control Systems M. Kermani Thursday 9:30-12:30pm WSC 240
ECE 9705 Computer Arithmetic A. Rehyani-Masoleh


ECE xxxx Power Systems Graduate Course TBA P. Srikantha


ECE xxxx Software Graduate Course TBA K. Grolinger
ECE 9402 Power System Protection F. Badrkhani-Ajaei


ECE 9702 Numerical Methods for Analysis and Design of High-speed Electrical Circuits A. Dounavis

Course Enrollment Deadlines

Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 

  • September 31, 2017 - Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course without it appearing on the transcript
  • October 30, 2017 - Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course & receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned
  • January 1, 2018 Winter term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.
  • January 15, 2018 Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Winter 2018. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. 
  • January 31, 2018 -  Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Winter course
  • January 31, 2018 - Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. 
  • February 28, 2018 - Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course & receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. 


Ph.D. Annual Progress Report

SGPS requires that student’s progress be evaluated annually by the student’s Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee shall consist of the supervisor(s) and two members.  At least one of the members should be from the same area of research as the student.  Each member must have at least non-core SGPS membership status.  For PhD students, the Annual Progress Report needs to be submitted by March 31st.

A Progress Report should normally be submitted following a Face-to-Face Advisory Committee meeting.  However, the meeting may be substituted by a Review-via-Report format, if the supervisor(s) proposes, and the student and Advisory Committee agree to.

Face-to-Face meetings must be held under the following conditions:

At any time and under any condition, if the student, supervisor, Graduate Chair and/or a member of the Advisory Committee, requests a review meeting, the supervisor must arrange such a meeting within 3 weeks of the request.  Such a meeting must be a Face-to-Face meeting and a Progress Report must be completed.

Important Dates:

For More Information Please review the Annual Progress Review Document.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

The main purpose of the PhD comprehensive examination is to assess the suitability of the candidate for graduate work at the doctoral level and to identify areas of weakness (if any) of the candidate in his/her discipline and field of specialization. The exam will focus primarily on the research topic and related background knowledge.

The results of the examination will be of assistance to the student and the advisory committee in recommending a program of study. Failure to pass the examination may result in a requirement to withdraw from the program.

Each student registered in a PhD program is required to attempt a comprehensive examination within the first four terms of the date of first registration in the PhD Program. The comprehensive exam must be completed successfully (with no conditions) before the end of the 5th term of the PhD study.  If the course works are not completed before the comprehensive examination date, a special approval is required from the Associate Chair (Graduate).

If the comprehensive exam is not completed before the end of 5th term, the student’s academic record will be sealed. The student’s PhD advisory committee has to meet and submit a report to the graduate committee during the first two weeks of the 6th term. The student’s file will be discussed at the graduate committee. The graduate committee may request to withdraw the student from the program.

The examination committee should be proposed by the student’s advisor at least three weeks before the date of the oral examination.  The advisor in consultation with the examination committee will specify at least two subject areas related to the fundamental aspects of the proposed research. These subject areas must be included in the PhD comprehensive examination submission form.

The research proposal must be limited to 20 pages (including figures, tables, and references). The report should be formatted with 1.5 line spacing and a 12 pt font.

The oral presentation at the beginning of the exam is limited to 30 minutes.

A Ph.D. comprehensive examination committee shall normally consist of at least three members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (at least 1 of whom should not be from the advisory committee and at least 1 who should be a regular ECE member) and a chair appointed by the graduate coordinator. The membership of the examining committee shall be formed at least 3 weeks before the proposed examination date and approved by the associate chair (Graduate), who will ensure that each committee has sufficient members who are knowledgeable of the subject area of the student’s research project. The chief advisor may be a member of the examining committee but not the chair.

For More Information please review the Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D. Program Document.