Qualifying Exam

Medical Engineering Mini Oral Exam Requirements and Guidelines

Graduate Option Rep

Lihong Wang
lvwcaltech.edu

Option Manager

Christine Garske
ccgarskecaltech.edu

First Year MedE PhD Students

MedE PhD Students are required to take and pass the mini oral qualifying exams before the beginning of the student’s second academic year.

Any delay of taking the exam must be preapproved by the option representative. Each student should consult his/her adviser and/or the option representative to choose the major subjects.

The three subjects: (1) engineering math (required) (2) major research topical area, and (3) another related topical area.

Research Topics:
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Material Science
  • Medical Technologies and Devices
  • Microfluidics
  • Optics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Signal Processing
  • Ultrasound Physics

Students should take at least 27 units of advanced courses on each of the three exam subjects. If the student has a subject minor, examination on the minor subject may be included at the request of the discipline offering the minor and with the approval of his/her adviser. Note that the program is designed for the students to have multidisciplinary background.

The exams are 30 minutes in length and will be held in June 2020.