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The PhD program in exploration systems design offers students an advanced systems approach for developing scientific exploration technologies in a wide range of demanding environments on the earth, planets, moons and in space. This transdisciplinary degree program provides a unique platform to train systems engineers targeting technological development for exploration science. This collaborative program between the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering allows students to specialize in topics related to planetary exploration, astronomical instrumentation, robotics, sensors and sensor networks.
The curriculum integrates the School of Earth and Space Exploration's science, instrumentation and systems engineering core courses with related coursework from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Students must select a concentration as part of this degree program. Concentrations are available in instrumentation, systems engineering and sensor networks. The instrumentation concentration prepares students interested in the development of state of the art sensors and systems for remote and in-situ sensing related to planetary science, Earth science and astronomy.