Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems Engineering

Engineering for the 21st century and beyond.

In our Ph.D. program, you will be mentored by the premier faculty in intelligent systems engineering. You will work alongside them on imaginative research that advances this new field to build new smart technologies that solve critical problems in energy, health, security, the environment, and other areas. Our six tracks for the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems Engineering were developed with input from industry leaders and feature opportunities to explore multiple elements of ISE. From high performance computing to artificial intelligence to the interface of tissues and non-living materials, options abound in our Ph.D. in ISE program.

Choose from:

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Environmental engineering
  • Molecular and nanoscale engineering
  • Neuroengineering

A multidisciplinary approach that leverages IU’s strengths

Our Ph.D. program combines the strengths of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering—one of the largest, broadest, and most accomplished schools of its kind—with those of Indiana University Bloomington. IU’s world-class supercomputing and cyberinfrastructure resources and its longstanding strengths in fields such as science, technology, business, and law add a valuable multidisciplinary aspect to your education.


Required courses include an introductory course to Intelligent Systems Engineering in combination with courses that will help you gain depth of knowledge in your chosen track. You will also need to pass a qualifying exam and complete a minor, a thesis proposal, and a dissertation defense. Visit the official bulletin for details.

Careers in research and academia

The Ph.D. program will prepare you to work in engineering and computational industries as well as pharmaceutical companies, such as Cummins and Eli Lilly, or in the biotech field. By conducting research with a faculty member and learning to apply your new skills to important problems, you will be prepared for a continued career in academia or government. Positions that are related to our program tracks—including computer and information research scientists, engineering faculty, medical scientist, bioengineer, and environmental engineer—are all projected to enjoy double-digit growth in the nation.