Howard University College of Engineering and Architecture Announces Partnership with Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering


Left to Right: Deans James H. Garrett, Jr. and Achille MessacWASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2018) – Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is partnering with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) College of Engineering to develop a dual-degree program enabling Ph.D. candidates, at both institutions, to simultaneously earn a degree at each institution. Successful candidates will be awarded Ph.D. degrees, in the selected area of engineering, from Howard University and Carnegie Mellon University.

The partnership is designed to provide opportunities for underrepresented students while obtaining a doctoral degree in any area of engineering available within the programs offered at CEA or  CMU. To qualify, students must apply and be admitted to engineering Ph.D. programs from both institutions, but the programs need not be in the same department at both institutions. Students will spend a minimum of three academic semesters at each institution and will benefit from having two academic advisors, as well as access to a greater number of courses, a larger set of research facilities, and a wider research community located in two major metropolitan areas. 

“The clear opportunities presented by this new partnership constitute yet another outstanding example of what we can and will continue to accomplish as a college,” says Achille Messac, dean of Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture.

“Our aim is to explore a number of different forms of collaboration between Howard and CMU,” says James H. Garrett, Jr., dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering.

In addition to the dual-degree program, both institutions are joining forces for the Summer Bridge program. Students will engage in research projects and professional development at the partnering institution, along with coaching for a smooth transition into the dual-degree Ph.D. program. 

Applications for the dual-degree Ph.D. program will open this fall.


About the College of Engineering and Architecture

The College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is one of Howard University’s 13 schools and colleges. The CEA comprises the five departments of Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. The CEA offers fully accredited Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs. Graduate degree programs with abounding research opportunities offered in the engineering disciplines are Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy. Certificates in Cybersecurity and other professional programs are also offered. CEA graduates possess the ability to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, design and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and understand the impact of architectural and engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 

About Carnegie Mellon University

The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is a top-ranked engineering college that is known for our intentional focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration in research. The College is well-known for working on problems of both scientific and practical importance. Our “maker” culture is ingrained in all that we do, leading to novel approaches and transformative results. Our acclaimed faculty have a focus on innovation management and engineering to yield transformative results that will drive the intellectual and economic vitality of our community, nation and world.

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