The department offers graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering leading to the MS and PhD.  All course work must have the approval of the academic advisor. All PhD students must first pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examinations before being admitted to Doctoral Candidacy.

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.

The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about five years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsMS
Required core courses24 SH48 SH
MEIE 6800 Technical Writing0 SH0 SH
MEIE 6850 Research Seminar in
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
0 SH0 SH
Dissertation0 SH0 SH
Minimum semester hours required24 SH48 SH


In addition to these specific program areas, our faculty have tremendous expertise in energy, nano-manufacturing and mechatronics.

Learning Outcomes: 

The Ph.D. programs' student learning outcomes are:

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to formulate a research plan.
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.

Associated Faculty & Staff

  • Piezoelectric-based actuators and sensors, dynamic modeling and vibration control of distributed-parameters systems, dynamics and control of MEMS and NEMS sensors and actuators, control and manipulation at the nanoscale