Mechanical Engineering
Administered By: Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Note * Note: Before registering for courses, all students must submit a Graduate Registration Form and all new students must obtain approval from the graduate advisor.

Chairperson caudill
Associate Chair. narh
Graduate Advisor ji

Chairperson Reggie J. Caudill
Associate Chair. Kwabena A. Narh
Graduate Advisor Zhiming Ji

Professors Chenr, Fischer, Harnoy, Koplik, narh, rosato, singhp, Sodhi,zhu, raoi
Associate Professors Florio, Ji
Assistant Professors sac3,lee2000
University Lecturers mani, Kountour, Surjanha, samardzi

Professors Rong-yaw Chen, Ian S. Fischer, Avraham Harnoy, Bernard Koplik, Kwabena A. Narh, Anthony D. Rosato, Pushpendra Singh, Rajpal S. Sodhi, Chao Zhu, I J. Rao
Associate Professors Pasquale J. Florio, Zhiming Ji
Assistant Professors Shawn A. Chester, Eon soo Lee
University Lecturers Balraj S. Mani, Harry V. Kountouras, Herli Surjanhata, Veljko Samardzic
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, development, manufacture, and operation of a wide variety of energy conversion and machine systems. The research and education facilities of the department are housed in the 60,000-square-foot Mechanical Engineering Building. Major research laboratories include Particle Technology, Energetic Materials, Machine Vision and Motion Analysis, Waterjet Machining, Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing, Bearing Lubrication, and Plastic Processing and Analysis.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering 6
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
A program for engineering graduates who want advanced professional preparation and further graduate study in mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. General admissions requirements for master's programs as described in this catalog apply to applicants to the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sufficient preparation in science and mathematics to complete the course of study is also necessary.

Bridge Program: Students who lack appropriate undergraduate preparation may be admitted and are asked to make up deficiencies by taking a program of 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.

** Degree Requirements:
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.

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.

Project, Thesis:
A thesis is required of all students who receive departmental or research-based awards. For all others, a project or thesis is optional.

  ME 700Master's Project (3 credits)
  ME 701Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Required Courses: (12 credits)
 ME 616Matrix Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits) or
 Math 651Methods of Applied Mathematics I (3 credits)
and select 9 credits from: me610,me611,me614,me620,me632,me635
  ME 610Applied Heat Transfer (3 credits)
  ME 611Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids (3 credits)
  ME 614Continuum Mechanics (3 credits)
  ME 620Stress Methods in Mechanical Design (3 credits)
  ME 632Mechanical Engineering Measurements (3 credits)
  ME 635Computer-Aided Design (3 credits)
Elective ME Graduate Courses: (9 or more credits) me607,me621,me622,me624,me625,me630,me636,me637,me655,me670,me678,me679
  ME 607Advanced Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  ME 621Energy Methods in Mechanical Design (3 credits)
  ME 622Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 624Microlevel Modeling in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ME 625Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
  ME 630Analytical Methods in Machine Design (3 credits)
  ME 636Mechanism Design: Analysis and Synthesis (3 credits)
  ME 637Kinematics of Spatial Mechanisms (3 credits)
  ME 655Introduction to Modern Control Methods (3 credits)
  ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
  ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)

The following PhD level courses are also available:

me712,me713,me714,me717,{ME 718;Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering II;3 credits},{ME 720;Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering IV;3 credits},me735,me736
  ME 712Mechanics of Viscous Fluids (3 credits)
  ME 713Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
  ME 714Principles of Particulate Multiphase Flows (3 credits)
  ME 717Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering I (3 credits)
  ME 718 (Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering II) (3 credits) 
  ME 720 (Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering IV) (3 credits) 
  ME 735Advanced Topics in Robotics (3 credits)
  ME 736Advanced Mechanism Design (3 credits)

General Elective Courses: (9 or less credits)
Graduate courses from other departments or programs.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering 1
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering
This is a program for superior students with master's degrees in mechanical engineering or allied fields who wish to do advanced research in an area of mechanical engineering. In exceptional circumstances, highly qualified students with bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering may be accepted directly into the doctoral program.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should have a master's degree from an accredited institution, and have successfully taken courses in applied mathematics and engineering sciences. In addition, applicants must fulfill the admissions requirements for doctoral study as specified in the Admissions section of this catalog. Students who lack an appropriate background will be required to take additional courses before gaining admission to the program. These courses are prescribed by the department on an individual basis and may not be applied as degree credit.

Degree Requirements:
Specific degree requirements and dissertation topics are approved by the department on an individual basis. Before being permitted to register for dissertation research, students must complete courses specified by the department, pass qualifying examinations and demonstrate that there are facilities and a faculty member available to supervise the research. Should dissertation research not be completed within the normal 36 credits of ME 790, students must register for a minimum of 3 credits per semester until the dissertation is completed and approved. An oral defense of the dissertation is required after submission of the final document to the department for approval.

Qualifying Examination: Once admitted to the program, candidates are expected to pass a qualifying examination. Qualifying in Subject Area will be based on students passing a minimum of 4 Mechanical Engineering graduate courses, one of which must be ME 616, with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.6/4.0. Qualifying in Examination of Research Potential will be based on the student's formal research prospectus submitted in written form and an oral examination concerned with student's research ability and general knowledge of mechanical engineering.

*  Note: Before registering for courses, all students must submit a Graduate Registration Form and all new students must obtain approval from the graduate advisor.

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