Graduate Resources

The following provide resources for all Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science graduate students.

Admissions and Financing

Information regarding graduate admissions can be found here:

Additionally, information regarding graduate student financial aid options can be found here:

Admissions information for international students can be found here:

Steps to Dissertation Defense

Required Steps to Ph.D. Dissertation Defense and Graduation

  • Student is required to apply for graduation before the semester’s deadline.  Please see the Registrar’s website for the Calendar of Important Dates for each semester’s deadlines.  Apply to graduate on the Graduate Study website.

  • Go to the Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning website for information on format requirements, format deadlines, format manuals and templates, documents regarding the dissertation process flow, and publication requirements.  

  • Have your first format review appointment with the thesis/dissertation coordinator (TDC) in Graduate Study.  This appointment takes place before your defense.  For this appointment you will need a copy of your complete, formatted, and publication ready dissertation for review.

  • The candidate is responsible for arranging the defense date and time with each member of the dissertation advising committee (DAC) and the associate dean (through the associate dean’s assistant).  The template you are required to use for your defense announcement can be found on the Doctoral Students website or by contacting the associate dean’s assistant.  Each committee member is required to attend in person or by Skype.  NOTE: In order to graduate in the semester you applied for, your defense must take place by the Graduate Study deadline for that semester.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.

  • Update your PASS Form and create the defense announcement.  Send both forms to your DAC chair who approves and sends them to the dean’s office.  This must be done at least 16 days prior to your defense.  Your PASS Form will include the title, date and the time of your defense.  Please indicate on your PASS Form whether your publications are journals, conferences, or patents.  The assistant to the associate dean will schedule the room, post your announcement, and notify Graduate Study of your defense date.

  • You are required to have your completed dissertation to your DAC and the associate dean at least 2 weeks prior to your defense.  NOTE: Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your defense.

  • On the day of your defense, the room will be scheduled ½ hour early and extended ½ hour beyond your defense to allow you time to set up and clean up.  Please put all garbage in the trash can and return the room in the same or better condition than you found it.

  • After defense once you have made any changes to your dissertation requested by the committee, send the new version to your committee, repeating this step until the committee is satisfied with your dissertation.  Once you have committee approval, send the final paper copy to the associate dean.

  • Your DAC chair will complete the Dissertation Approval Memo and send this memo to the associate dean’s office. The associate dean will let you know if he/she wants you to make any changes and will forward the signed document to Graduate Study.  This process mustbe done before your final format approval appointment with the TDC in Graduate Study.  NOTE:  Graduate Study’s deadlines are very close together.  From the defense deadline, youonly have 5 business days to receive final format approval from the TDC in Graduate Study.  From the final format approval deadline, you only have 5 business days to submit your copies to the TDC for binding.

  • Please make your final format appointment with the TDC early.  If you defend early in the term, please make this appointment well before the deadline.  NOTE: Presenting a dissertation to Graduate Study at this appointment that is incomplete or not formatted correctly will automatically move you to the next semester’s graduation list.

  • After receiving final format approval from the TDC, make your final submission appointment with the TDC.  This appointment should be made as early as possible.  NOTE: Failure to meet the submission deadline will automatically move you to the next semester’s graduation list.

  • In order to commence, you are required to attend the Commencement Fair.  Two fairs are held each year.  The Fall Commencement Fair is for Summer and Fall graduates and the Spring Commencement Fair is for Winter graduates.  Please see the Registrar’s website for more information.

  • You are encouraged to make an appointment with the assistant to the associate dean to go over any questions you may have about the process.

 

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities
Teaching Assistantship Opportunities
Please fill in the  Teaching Assistantship Application  form and submit to the department chairs.  

Application deadlines:

  • September 15 for winter semester
  • February 15 for summer semester
  • June 15 for fall semester
Research Assistantship Opportunities
Please contact the faculty members for more information.


Position Available: Research Assistantship with Dr. Wing-Yue Geoffrey Louie

Position Description
MASc and PhD student positions focusing on teachable robots for society (e.g. personal, service, space, healthcare, manufacturing, and military applications) are currently open in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oakland University. This position will focus on the following general research areas: 1) Robotics, 2) Human-Robot Interaction, 3) Robot Learning from Demonstration, 4) Applications of Machine Learning/AI, 5) Robot Vision, and 6) Sensor Fusion.

Position Requirements
Applicants should have at minimum a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Computer Engineering or Computer Science. Relevant experience in computer programming (C++ & Python), machine learning, and robotics is desired. Applicants with hands-on experience with Robot Operating System (ROS), real-world robotic systems, and a prior publication record will be strongly considered.

Contact: louie@oakland.edu or (248)370-2860


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Khalid Mahmood

Position Description
A PhD fully funded position in integrated area of Internet of Things (IoT) and Semantic web at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Oakland University is open for Fall 2015.

Position Requirements
Applicants must hold a BS degree in either Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent (3.7 or higher). The candidate having MS degree with publication record will be given priority. Strong programming, algorithm and math skills are mandatory. The candidates with previous experience of working in areas of Semantic web and pervasive computing are highly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of healthcare and security/privacy domain is plus. Serious inquires only, please provide your research statement, and complete CV and transcript when applying.

Contact: mahmood@oakland.edu or (248) 370-3542


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Wenjin Zhou

Position Description
Looking for potential enthusiastic Ph.D. student who will participate as a member of the Biomedical Computation and Visualization Group at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The primary project responsibility will be to develop and evaluate data analysis algorithms and biomarker for revealing microstructure of the brain tissue from diffusion MRI. These non-invasive measures will provide sensitive biomarkers for brain disease diagnosis.

Position Requirements
Applicants must hold a good degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent (3.7 or higher). Strong programming and math skill is a must. Previous experience with diffusion MRI or other medical imaging modality is highly encouraged. Serious inquires only, please provide your complete CV and transcript when applying.

Contact: wzhou@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2208


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Jing Tang

Position Description
A PhD student position in Biomedical Imaging at Oakland University is open for Fall 2015. The successful candidate will join Dr. Jing Tang’s lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which is in close collaboration with the OU William Beaumont School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, and Philips Healthcare. Active projects include the development of data acquisition, image reconstruction, and image analysis techniques in multimodality imaging including PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and PET/MRI.

Position Requirements
Applicants should have a BS or MS (preferred) degree in electrical engineering, physics, medical physics or a closely related field. Relevant experience and skills in physics, mathematics, modeling, image reconstruction techniques, instrumentation, and/or the specific imaging modality, are desired. Self-motivation, good programming and writing skills, and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment are expected.

Contact: jtang@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2245


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Yonghong Yan

Position Description: Motivated students for research assistants. Full time Ph.D. student will be preferred, and master and undergraduate are also very welcome. It could be paid or unpaid depending what we agree that best options for you and me. You can check my web site (areas and topics, and projects) to see a list of current topics that we are working on. I am also welcome new ideas and topics from you. Feel free to drop by (EC 534) or send me email (yan@oakland.edu) for more information or appointment. My webpage is from: secs.oakland.edu/~yan

Position Requirements: While background in parallel and high performance computing is not required, solid knowledge in computer system is necessary to be productive for research and development. Typically, you will need take courses of data structure, computer architecture, programming languages and compilers and finish well to have those knowledge.

Contact: yan@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4087


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Daniel Llamocca

Position Description: A Ph.D. student position in Reconfigurable Computing at Oakland University is open for Fall 2015. The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Llamocca. Current research areas include i)hardware development for automotive and video compression applications, ii) embedded system design with FPGAs, and iii) Run-Time Reconfigurable Techniques on FPGAs.

Position Requirements: Applicants should have a B.Sc. degree in electrical/computer engineering. Relevant experience in hardware design, signal processing, and embedded systems is desired. Self-motivation, good programming skills, writing skills, and willingness to work in a collaborative environment are expected.

Contact: llamocca@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4042


Position Available: Research Assistant with Dr. Jonathan Maisonnevue

Position Description: A Ph.D. position in the area of renewable energy systems is currently open in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University.

Position Requirements: Applicant should hold degree in either mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent. Some experience related to biology or chemistry is an asset. Candidates with publication record will be given priority. Please provide CV and transcripts when applying.

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Maisonneuve, maisonneuve@oakland.edu