Graduate School

Computational Fluid Dynamics Certificate

Become a multiskilled fluid flow expert.

Michigan Tech’s graduate on-campus and online certificate in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) equips you to be a versatile analyst able to harness skills from diverse fields—including engineering, mathematics, and applied physics—to solve problems related to fluid flow. 

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Fluid dynamic and heat transfer problem simulations are critical for studying various gas, liquid, or plasma flows. Analytical and experimental approaches previously used to study fluid flows had their limitations—and computing advances provide innovative alternatives. Computational fluid dynamics is an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective approach for examining engineering problems, especially in situations where theoretical analysis and experimental measurements alone are inadequate. 

Who is this certificate for?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

If you want to develop modeling and simulation skills for problems involving fluid flows and heat transfer, this certificate is for you. The CFD certificate is also ideal if you are focused on research in this field.

What you'll learn

Through individual and team activities, you’ll creatively solve engineering problems that help you master computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer (CFD/CHT). The curriculum incorporates simulation and schemes analysis topics. You’ll also build foundational knowledge in mathematical modeling, proper selection of numerical schemes, qualitative and quantitative analyses of results, typical scheme analyses, and associated programming. 

What you need to know

  • This is a 9-credit graduate certificate course. 
  • Students take two required courses (Computational Fluids Engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering, each 3 credits)
  • Students select one 3-credit elective course: Compressible Flow and Gas Dynamics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, or Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics.