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Traditionally many mechanical engineers headed for automotive and aerospace, but today's big growth areas are energy, robotics, bioengineering and nanotechnology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 graduate overview

The program leading to the master of science in mechanical engineering prepares both recent baccalaureate graduates and experienced mechanical engineers for advanced micro-scale and nano-scale mechanical and thermal design and development. Designed to accommodate the needs of working engineers who wish to continue their education, the program offers courses at times convenient for students employed on a full-time basis.

grad studentAll students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. These are based upon the student’s choice of concentration, Dynamic Systems & Controls (DSC), Manufacturing & Design Innovation (MDI), Mechanics & Materials (MM), Thermal & Fluid Sciences (TFS)). Courses taken without advisor approval will not count towards the 33 semester-hour requirement. Successful completion of an approved course of studies leads to the M.S.M.E. degree.

The M.S.M.E. program has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. All part-time M.S.M.E. students will be assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those wishing to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor.

All full-time, supported students are required to participate in the thesis option. The thesis option requires six semester hours of research, a written thesis submitted to the graduate school, and a formal public defense of the thesis. The supervising committee administers this defense and is chosen in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser prior to enrolling for thesis credit. Research and thesis hours cannot be counted in a M.S.M.E. degree plan unless a thesis is written and successfully defended.

All students must take one designated core course from each of the four core concentrations on Mechanical Engineering, MECH 6300, MECH 6303, MECH 6306, MECH 6307. Only grades of B- or better are acceptable in these four required core courses. In addition, students must take at least 3 courses from one concentration area and four graduate level electives subject to approval by a graduate adviser.

CORE CONCENTRATIONS

 

Main Concentration Courses

(All students must take these courses)

Students must take at least 3 courses from one concentration area.
Dynamic Systems & Controls (DSC) ME6300 Linear Systems

MECH 6311 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations

MECH 6312(EESC 6349) Random Processes

MECH 6313 (EEGR 6336) Nonlinear Systems

MECH 6314 (SYSM 6306, BMEN 6372) Engineering Systems: Modeling & Simulation

MECH 6323 (SYSE 6323) Robust Control

MECH 6324 Robot Control

MECH 6v29 Special topics in CDS

Manufacturing & Design Innovation (MDI) MECH 6303 Computer Aided Design

MECH 6330 Multiscale Design & Optimization

MECH 6333 Materials Design & Manufacturing

MECH 6334 Smart Materials and Structures

MECH 6341 (EEMF 6348, MSEN 6348) Lithography & Nanofabrication

MECH 6347 Intro to MEMS (EEMF6382)

MECH 6348 Semiconductor Processing Technology (EEMF 6322; MSEN 6322)

MECH 6v49 topics in MDI

Mechanics & Materials (MM) MECH 6306 Continuum Mechanics

MECH 6350 Advanced Solid Mechanics

MECH6353 Computational Mechanics

MECH 6354 Experimental Mechanics

MECH 6355 Viscoelasticity

MECH 6367 Mechanical Properties of Materials

MECH 6368 Imperfections in Solids (MSEN 6350)

MECH 6v69 Special topics in MM

Thermal & Fluid Sciences (TFS) MECH 6307 Thermal & Energy Principles

MECH 6370 Fluid Mechanics

MECH 6371 Computational Fluid Dynamics

MECH 6384 Applied Heat Transfer

MECH 5383 Plasma Processing (EEMF5383 Phys5383; MSEN 5383; PHYS 5383)

MECH 6380 Advanced Heat Transfer

MECH 6383 Plasma Science (EEMF6383, PHYS6383)

MECH 6v89 Special topics in TFS

Common Math courses   MECH 6391 Computational Methods (EEGR6381)