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Simulate the fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems critical to flow studies.

Computational Fluid Dynamics—Graduate Certificate

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Gain insight into fluid dynamics through numerical simulation.

Go beyond theoretical analysis and experimental measurements with the power of reliable computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and heat transfer (CHT) simulations. Tackle the fluid dynamics scenarios that are ubiquitous in engineering. Incorporate efficiency into complex CFD/CHT problem solving. Build a foundation in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mathematical modeling, proper selections of numerical schemes, qualitative and quantitative analyses of results, scheme analyses, and associated programming. Master CFD/CHT while acquiring skills in math and physics.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Admissions requirement Acceptance to the Graduate School.
Contact Jason Blough
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Attend classes synchronously
Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
Already enrolled? Speak with your advisor.


Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Check your preparation.

Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

MEEM 3201 - introductory Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer

Course emphasizes internal flow and modes of heat transfer: control volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy, pipe and duct flow, dimensional analysis, steady and unsteady heat conduction, internal convection and application of boundary conditions, and simple heat exchanger design.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 2201 and MEEM 2911 and MA 3160

Take 6 credits of required courses.

MEEM 4210 may be taken instead of MEEM 5215. If so, it is they are the only 4000-level credits that may be applied to this certificate.

MEEM 4210 - Computational Fluids Engineering

This course introduces students to computational methods used to solve fluid mechanics and thermal transport problems. Computer-based tools are used to solve engineering problems involving fluid mechanics and thermal transport.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3201(C)

MEEM 5215 - Computational Fluids Engineering

This course introduces students into the theoretical and practical aspects of computational methods in fluid mechanics and thermal transport problems. Computer based tools are used to reinforce principles on advanced topics in thermo-fluids science.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

MEEM 5240 - Comp Fluid Dynamics for Engg

Introduces finite-difference and finite-volume methods used in solving fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems. Covers numerical grid generation, turbulence modeling, and application to some selected problems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

Take a 3 credit elective course.

MEEM 4230 - Compressible Flow/Gas Dynamics

Fundamentals of one-dimensional gas dynamics, including flow in nozzles and diffusers, normal shocks, frictional flows, and flows with heat transfer or energy release; introduction to oblique shocks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3201

MEEM 5210 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Develops control volume forms of balance laws governing fluid motion and applies to problems involving rockets, pumps, sprinklers, etc. Derives and studies differential forms of governing equations for incompressible viscous flows. Some analytical solutions are obtained and students are exposed to rationale behind computational solution in conjunction with CFD software demonstration. Also covers qualitative aspects of lift and drag, loss of stability of laminar flows, turbulence, and vortex shedding.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

MEEM 6245 - Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

An advanced graduate CDF course based on finite difference/ volume methods. Topics are selected from the following list: numerical grid generation, turbulence modeling, multi-phase flows, chemically reacting flows, lattice Boltzmann method, gas kinetic scheme, molecular dynamics method, Monte Carlo Method, particle-in-cell method, etc.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 5240

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
MEEM 5215
MEEM 5210 or MEEM 4230
MEEM 5240

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Successfully solve engineering problems by using proper commercial CFD packages.
  2. Write and debug CFD programs to solve specific engineering problems.
  3. Independently build a CFD project, perform algorithm analysis and programming, write reports, and give a presentation to judge the results and propose further improvement.

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Synchronous class attendance allows students to interact with world-class instructors. Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Jeffrey Allen Read Full Bio


Jeffrey Allen

  • John F. and Joan M. Calder Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • MS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • BSE, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton


Dr. Allen is an experimentalist interested in the study of two-phase flow in capillary systems; such as found in the gas flow channels and diffusion media of PEM fuel cells. The behavior of liquid water in the internal passages of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, a class of low temperature fuel cells, presents a serious challenge to the development of reliable and efficient power units. The factors which influence capillary flow are well established (contact angle, geometry and surface tension), but the behavior of gas-liquid flows subject to capillary phenomena in the complex, manifolding passages of PEM fuel cells is not fully understood. Other active research involves investigations of the stability of evaporating and condensing liquid films, microfluidic systems such as lab-on-a-chip, microfluidic diagnostic development, design and optimization of micro-fuel reformers, and low-gravity fluid dynamics.

Sajjad Bigham Read Full Bio


Sajjad Bigham

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida


Dr. Sajjad Bigham is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University since 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida in 2016. He is the director of the Energy-X Lab (Energy eXploration Laboratory) at Michigan Tech.

Dr. Bigham is a heat transfer and energy systems specialist interested in scientific and engineering challenges that lay at the intersection of thermal-fluid, material and energy sciences. Our lab, Energy-X (, is focused on understanding the fundamental transport science of important energy carriers at micro, nano and molecular scales. We designs, fabricates and examines a wide range of meso-, micro- and nano-devices/systems to understand their underlying physics and explore new technologies and performance breakthroughs.

Energy-X mission: Energy-X is a research group that specializes in energy . . .

Chunpei Cai Read Full Bio


Chunpei Cai

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, the University of Michigan (2005)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (1999)
  • MS, Fluid Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1997)
  • BEng, Naval Architecture, Harbin Engineering University (1994)


Kartik Iyer Read Full Bio


Kartik Iyer

  • Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Aeronautics, Georgia Institute of Technology


Kartik Iyer received a PhD in Aeronautics from Georgia Institute of Technology. After postdoc appointments at University of Rome and New York University, he joined the physics department at Michigan Tech with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

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L. King

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Space Systems), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Space Systems Research Group
  • Faculty Advisor, Aerospace Enterprise
  • PhD, University of Michigan


Dr. King is an experimentalist interested in studying electric space propulsion systems, including Hall-effect thrusters, ion engines, and arcjets. By utilizing strong electromagnetic forces to accelerate an ionized plasma propellant, electric thrusters take advantage of on-orbit solar power generation to enjoy significant fuel savings over traditional chemical rockets. King's research experience in the broader field of plasma physics includes such diverse subjects as the design of the in-situ electrostatic probes, ion-energy analysis and time-of-flight mass spectrometry, Doppler laser cooling of trapped ions, optical flow diagnostics, and antimatter confinement.

Seong-Young Lee Read Full Bio


Seong-Young Lee

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Energy Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Lee is an experimentalist interested in studying turbulent and spray combustion, including high-pressure diesel and gasoline spray and fundamental turbulent flames. Dr. Lee’s research interests are in the area of energy-thermal-fluid sciences, bio/alternative spray fuel combustion, surrogate fuel chemistry, advanced laser diagnostics, combustion dynamics of instabilities and stabilization, and non-equilibrium plasma-assisted combustion as alternative power conversion. Dr. Lee’s research emphasizes combustion experiment based on applications in energy, environment, and aerospace.

Hassan Masoud Read Full Bio


Hassan Masoud

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BS, Sharif University of Technology


Dr. Masoud joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech in July 2017 after a two-year stint at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to UNR, he was a lecturer at Princeton University and a post-doctoral fellow working jointly with Michael Shelley at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Howard Stone at Princeton University. Dr. Masoud leads the Complex Fluids and Active Matter Lab, where he and his team employ the tools of applied mathematics and simple experiments to fundamentally understand the interaction of fluid flows with dynamically changing boundaries at a wide range of length and time scales. Their goal is to integrate the acquired fundamental understanding with engineering ideas to address outstanding technological and societal problems. Dr. Masoud currently serves as a Topic Editor for the journal Fluids. He was an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Computational Mechanics from 2017 to 2019.

Amitabh Narain Read Full Bio


Amitabh Narain

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, University of Minnesota


Professor Narain is a Fellow of the ASME, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer, and Director of the Energy-Thermo-Fluids area in his department. His current research areas deal with state-of-the-art experimental and computational techniques for single-phase and phase-change (flow-boiling and flow-condensation) flows, particularly those related to energy technologies such as thermal management and power generation applications. Dr. Narain’s research has received continuous funding from NSF or NASA since the year 2000. He is a PI or Co-PI on external grants totaling approximately $ 3 million (with about $1.85 million as PI). Dr. Narain has authored over 73 peer-reviewed articles. His recent research accomplishments have been highlighted through several keynote and invited lectures – including on national websites, such as by NSF in 2012 and by Research.Gov in 2013. He is very active in teaching and mentoring students (graduate and undergraduate), as . . .

Aneet Dharmavaram Narendranath Read Full Bio


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University


Aneet Narendranath is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. He received his Master's degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University in 2009 and 2013 respectively. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Influence of Mechanical and Thermal Boundary Conditions on Stabilizing/Destabilizing Mechanisms in Evaporating Liquid Films."

Dr. Narendranath's research focus is in the area of analytical and numerical methods for the creation of predictive design tools for energy/thermal/fluid science systems. His pedagogic interests are in energy/thermal/fluid sciences, differential equations. He occasionally uses the flipped classroom approach in addition to applying cooperative learning/teaching methods.  On this profile page you will find some materials which are working manuscripts on which publications of higher rigor will be based.  It is to give the reader an idea of the latest research he is involved with and is currently . . .

Fernando Ponta Read Full Bio


Fernando Ponta

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor (Wind Energy), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Postdoctoral, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, University of Buenos Aires
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Buenos Aires


Fernando Ponta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, earned his engineering degree and PhD at the University of Buenos Aires. Before coming to Michigan Tech in 2007, he was for three years a Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ponta's area of expertise is in theoretical and computational continuum mechanics, vortex dynamics, and advanced numerical methods for fluid-structure interaction analysis; especially as they apply to the study of wind-turbine aerodynamics and other energy systems utilizing renewable-energy sources. His research has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 3 book chapters. Dr. Ponta has been awarded a 2010 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to help reduce the uncertainties related to wind turbine blade dynamics. He was also awarded the Gold Medal for Best Scientific Paper, at the . . .

Youngchul Ra Read Full Bio


Youngchul Ra

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Youngchul Ra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan technological University. He received his Ph.D. (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University. With background in both experimental and numerical research, he is currently focusing on the field of modeling and numerical simulation pertaining to combustion and emissions, internal combustion engines, alternative fuels, two-phase flow, computational fluid dynamics, chemical kinetics, etc.

Kazuya Tajiri Read Full Bio


Kazuya Tajiri

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • SAE Aero Faculty Advisor
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Kazuya Tajiri earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Tokyo, and Master of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of turbulent combustion simulation. After three years of fuel cell research at Nissan Motors in Japan, he returned to the U.S. to continue PhD research at Pennsylvania State University, and earned his PhD degree in 2008. After two years of experience at Argonne National Laboratory conducting fuel cell systems modeling and analysis, he joined Michigan Technological University in 2010.

Currently, Dr. Tajiri is the director of the Multiscale Transport Process Laboratory (MTPL), and investigates the multiphase, multiscale transport phenomena in energy conversion devices and propulsion systems.

At present, two main research objectives are being conducted:

  • . . .

Song-Lin (Jason) Yang Read Full Bio


Song-Lin (Jason) Yang

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, University of Florida


Dr. Yang’s research interest is in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), both in developing it as a tool and in using it to study problems in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and combustion. He is using the KIVA code along with the Reynolds-stress turbulence model for engine flow simulation with spray and combustion. In addition, Dr. Yang is also working on the modeling and numerical simulation of diesel particulate trap (DPF) performance during loading and regeneration and the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) converter code development.