- Graduate program ranked in the top 50 nationally by U.S. News & World Report
- Research funded by industry, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, and the Department of Defense
- Nationwide, 80 percent of PhD graduates go to work in industry
Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
The PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is a research intensive program, which plays a key role in achieving environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability. This includes research on lean manufacturing and design for sustainability; the enterprise-wide production of cellulose based ethanol from forest resources; optimization of ethanol based power systems; and alternative-energy technologies including hydrogen, wind, and micro- and macro-fuel cells. The initiative is highly interdisciplinary and involves researchers from engineering, the physical and life sciences, and business.
Research is focused in five key areas.
- Advanced Power Systems: Critical technologies for clean, efficient, and sustainable power systems; and modeling of energy transport and conversion processes.
- Multi-scale Sensors and Systems: Research includes nanofabrication and characterization, microfabrication processes, and bio-nanotechnology.
- Multidisciplinary Engineering Dynamic Systems: Collaborative research at the interface of engineering disciplines such as dynamics, vibration, acoustics, signal processing, and controls.
- Mechanics of Multi-scale Materials: Constitutive modeling of biomaterials, cellular materials, biological tissues, and artificial organs.
- Space Systems: Innovative components, systems, and architectures for micro and nanosatellite applications.
To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|Total Credit Requirements|
|MS–PhD (minimum)||30 credits|
|BS–PhD (minimum)||60 credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.