Ranked 6th out of 127 programs (5th percentile)
by the National Research Council (Sept 2010)
Our research and graduate programs focus on fundamental and applied issues in:
Mechanics of Materials
Thermo Fluid Sciences
Research activities lead to the solution of modern technological problems, train students in state-of-the-art technologies, and are carried out both through interdisciplinary research centers in each of the above areas and by individual faculty programs. Research performed by graduate students results in fundamental advances in the underlying disciplines of solid and fluid mechanics, thermal engineering, materials engineering, and design.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. These programs can involve both research and course work. Graduate students work closely with faculty members to arrange their study and tailor research to their individual preferences. However, admission to the program is through application to the department itself, not through individual faculty.
Graduate course work is organized along several study tracks:
Virtually all PhD students in the Mechanical Engineering department receive financial support for the duration of their studies. This support may take the form of a fellowship, a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or a combination of these options. All PhD applicants are considered for financial support as part of the application process. No additional action is required.
Domestic Master's students should apply for financial support through the office of financial aid, as the department does not offer funding as part of the MS admissions process.