The Department offers graduate majors leading to the M.S.M.E. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Research opportunities are available in the following areas: Mechanism Design, Kinematics, System Dynamics and Vibrations, Mechanical Controls, Tribology, Mechanical Design, Robotics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Composite Materials, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Energy Systems, Microelectronic Device Thermal Management, Clean and Renewable Energy Systems, Micro and Nano scale materials and systems, MEMS, Biosensors, Biofluids, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Education, Mechanotransduction and Biomaterials, Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems.
Department facilities include the following laboratories: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Solid Mechanics, Computer-Aided Design, Dynamic Systems, Hydraulics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Robotics, Biofuel cells and Biomimetics, Nanomaterials and Thin Films, Advanced Materials Processing and Characterization, Biofluids and Biosensors, Microelectronic Thermal Management and Heat Transfer, and Compliant Mechanisms.
The department is ABET accredited.
Major Research Areas
Robotics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Controls, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Micro, and Nanoscale materials and systems Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Education.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field preferred.
- Students without a M.S.M.E. or with an M.S. in another field may also be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- GRE required, with minimum percentile rank of 60% on the quantitative portion and a minimum average percentile rank of 60% in verbal and quantitative.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.00 for the last two years of coursework from an ABET accredited engineering major for admission. Graduates of non-ABET accredited majors are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- A minimum of three recommendation letters is required.
- A one-page Statement of Purpose/Research Interest must also be included in the application package.
- The following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed before admission to the Ph.D. Program: Calculus I, II, III, Differential Equations, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and Machine Design.