Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics—PhD

Research automotive, sea, or air mobility, energy systems and microgrids, space systems or biosystems in engineering. 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). Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is a key contributor to achieving technological, environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability. Are you ready?

Explore our Online Doctoral Program.

Program Overview

The doctorate in mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics course offerings are structured along four curricular areas: design and dynamic systems, energy-thermofluids, manufacturing and industry, and solid mechanics, with a heavy emphasis placed on graduate student participation in laboratory investigations, industrial projects, and interdisciplinary studies. Our research is focused in five key areas: advanced power systems, multi-scale sensors and systems, multidisciplinary engineering dynamic systems, mechanics of multi-scale materials, and space systems. 

  • Delivery Options

    • Online: PhD
    • On-Campus: PhD

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Program Details

Learn more about the mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Online Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Wayne Weaver

Graduate Assistant

Cindy Wadaga


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics PhD. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

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.

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.

Faculty Spotlight

Gregory Odegard

Gregory Odegard
John O. Hallquist Endowed Chair in Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Director of Research

"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 for the aerospace and power transmission industries.

Program Faculty