Graduate School

Dynamic Systems Certificate

Gain a strong foundation in dynamic systems with modeling and simulation.

Michigan Tech’s graduate on-campus and online certificate in Dynamic Systems develops a foundation of analytical mechanics and multiphysics modeling that allows you to explore applications suited to your interests in mechanical engineering.

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Dynamic systems explain how various intrinsic and extrinsic elements in complex systems —living and nonliving—interrelate to drive change in the system over time. The discipline is used to study vehicle behavior, electromechanics, and human locomotion. While dynamic systems are often explained through mathematical formulation, the emergence of model-based data gathering in machine learning requires engineers to have a foundation in simulation development, verification, and validation in addition to mathematical modeling.

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.

It’s designed for engineering students who want to develop dynamic system modeling and simulation skills for work in industry or research, and is also ideal for working engineers seeking to develop best-practice skills in dynamic system modeling and design. Students seeking to refresh their dynamics background and move into advanced concepts and applications will also find this certificate useful.

What you’ll learn 

With guidance from an industry-connected faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, students develop practical knowledge from experimental and simulation approaches, learn to use state-of-the-art tools and methods, and work individually and in teams to develop the professional skills for successful cross-disciplinary, model-based engineering. 

What you need to know

  • This is a 9-credit certificate which consists of two required courses and one elective (all 3 credits). 
  • Required courses are Intermediate Dynamics and Dynamic System Simulation. 
  • Elective course options include Vehicle Dynamics, Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems, Analytical Vibroacoustics, and Linear System Theory and Analysis.