Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics—PhD

The PhD Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics program is also available online.

What you'll work on

Your research could focus on ground (automotive), sea, or air mobility; energy systems and microgrids; space systems; or biosystems in engineering. You could investigate autonomous robotic systems; noise, vibration, and harshness; or nano-to-macro materials systems and simulations—both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA).

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Design and Dynamic Systems
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Energy and Thermo-Fluids
  • Manufacturing and Industrial

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Who you'll work with

Students work side-by-side with faculty and industry on initiatives that range from nanotechnology to space systems. Our department is one of the largest in the nation, with more than 40 full-time faculty members and 380 graduate students. Our annual research expenditures exceed $13 million, funded by industry, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and many others.

Faculty Spotlight

Gregory Odegard

Gregory Odegard
Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics,
Director, NASA Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design

"Nanotechnology, robotics, airplanes . . . mechanical engineering is the broadest discipline."

Computational modeling can be used to facilitate the development of new materials and technologies for a wide range of applications. Odegard focuses on computational design of new polymer composite materials and metallic alloys in the aerospace and power transmission industries.

Where you'll work

Cutting-edge laboratories will be your second home. Our extensive facilities include the Alternative Energy Research Building, the Nonlinear and Autonomous Systems Lab, the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab, the Ion Space Propulsion Lab, and the Human-Centered Monitoring Lab—to name a few.