PhD Program Supervisory Committee

In consultation with the student and the advisor, a supervisory committee will be nominated by the Department Chair, approved by the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and appointed by the Graduate College.

The supervisory committee shall consist of no fewer than four members selected from the Ocean and Mechanical Engineering faculty. Additional members can be from the Ocean and Mechanical Engineering Department, other departments, other universities, or from industry.

The committee will include at least one person selected from the faculty from outside the discipline of the student's major. If the student elects or is required to select a minor, this member of the supervisory committee shall represent the discipline selected as the minor.

The supervisory committee should be appointed as soon as possible after the student has passed General Examination I and, in general, no later than the end of the second year of equivalent full-time study. Duties of the supervisory committee include:

  1. To ensure that the student is aware of all regulations governing the degree. It should be noted, however, that this does not absolve the student of the responsibility of making inquiries regarding the regulations and procedures.
  2. To discuss and approve the proposed course of study, dissertation research project, and the student's plans for its execution.
  3. To conduct and take part in the General Examination 2. No fewer than four faculty members shall be present for the General Examination II, which must be given on campus.
  4. To meet following General Examination 2 to review the research progress, the expected results, and make suggestions for completion of the program.
  5. To meet on campus when the dissertation is completed and conduct the final oral examination to assure that the dissertation is original research and a contribution to knowledge. No fewer than four faculty members shall be present with the candidate for this examination, but required to sign the dissertation. The supervisory committee must approve the dissertation.
  6. It is the duty of the supervisory committee to review the student's dissertation carefully. Before signing, each committee member must be sure that it is free of grammatical, editorial, or technical errors.