Graduate study in Mechanical Engineering provides students with the necessary skills and proficiency for careers in mechanical design and computer-aided engineering, thermo-fluid and energy systems, manufacturing processes, mechanics and materials engineering, biomedical engineering, or basic and applied research.
- Increased breadth and depth of knowledge and problem-solving skills in the broad field of Mechanical Engineering.
- Development of professional independence, creativity, leadership and the capacity for continuing professional and intellectual growth.
- Successful engagement in the Mechanical Engineering design processes and the practical application of engineering theory, methods, and practices.
- Effective service to their professional societies as well as their local, national or global communities.
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate and solve problems.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
Students who lack appropriate undergraduate preparation may be admitted and are asked to make up deficiencies by taking a program of bridge courses that is designed in consultation with the graduate advisor. These courses are taken in addition to the degree requirements and may include undergraduate courses.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program offers three areas of specialization.
- CAD/CAM, Mechanisms & Control - computer aided engineering, mechanisms, biomechanical & medical devices, robotics and controls.
- Mechanics & Material Processing - tissues & biomechanics, continuum mechanics, plastics, micro/nano materials, particle technology.
- Thermo-Fluid Systems & Energy - biofluids, computational & multiphase fluid dynamics, granular science, HVAC, energy.
The student consults the graduate advisor to plan and develop an individualized and cohesive sequence of courses that meet program requirements of at least 30-degree credits. The MS degree students opting for the project or thesis option must make an arrangement with a faculty member for supervision and obtain the departmental approval in order to receive permits to register for the proper section. Students opting for a project must register for the M.S. project (ME 700) for 3 credits. Students opting for a thesis must register for the M.S. thesis (ME 701) for 6 credits and successfully defend the thesis before graduation. The thesis option is required of all students who receive departmental or research-based awards.
Seminar: In addition to the minimum 30-degree credits required, every student must take a minimum of two semesters of ME 794 Mechanical Engineering Colloquium. Students who receive departmental or research-based awards must enroll every semester in ME 794 Mechanical Engineering Colloquium.