Graduate School

Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics—PhD

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Fast Facts

  • 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

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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.

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