Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering

M.S. (Mechanical Engineering ; Systems Engineering)

Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering ; Industrial and Systems Engineering)


Faculty: Professor Taggart, chair; Professor Chelidze, director of graduate studies. Professors Datseris, Faghri, Ghonem, Jouaneh, Nassersharif, Palm, Shukla, Sodhi, Wang, and Zhang; Associate Professors Maier-Speredelozzi, Meyer, and Rousseau; Adjunct Professors Anagnostopoulous, Kadak, P. Miller, Jones, and Spengler; Adjunct Assistant Professors Gauthier, Gomez, Goodwin, LeBlanc, and McKeon; Professors Emeriti Boothroyd, Dewhurst, Kim, Knight, Lessmann, Sadd, and White.


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Systems/Design—This area encompasses the broad field of computer- aided design including design methodology and computer graphics, as well as kinematics and dynamics of machines, vibrations, design of machine elements, controls, automation, and techniques for assessing reliability. Current areas of research include nonlinear dynamics and vibrations, expert systems, machine tool calibration, control of robot vehicles, kinematic design and optimization, computer-aided design of control systems, structural health monitoring, damage state estimation and failure prognostics, precision machining, surface roughness analysis, and robot-assisted waterjet machining. Facilities include the Design and Automation Lab, Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations Lab, and Waterjet Machining Lab.

Fluid Mechanics—The fluid mechanics program includes advanced studies in laminar and turbulent flows, computational fluid dynamics, experimental methods, flows in micro-domains, flows with particulate matter, biological flow. Current areas of research include fluid flow and heat transfer in micro-domains, flow in human airways, computational fluid dynamics in irregular geometries, biological flows and lubrication, and numerical direct simulation flow modeling. Facilities include the Tribology and Fluid Mechanics Lab, Biofluids/Heat Transfer Lab, and Sensors and Surface Technology Lab.

Solid Mechanics—Studies in solid mechanics involve strength of materials, elasticity, plasticity, continuum mechanics, composite materials, fracture and fatigue, vibrations, wave propagation, computational methods, and micromechanics. Applications of these studies are applied to the mechanical and thermomechanical behavior of metals, composites, functionally graded materials, ceramics, and geological media under both static and dynamic loading conditions. A significant portion of our studies has been involved with micromechanical material behavior. Areas of current research include: behavior of materials under shock loading, dynamic fracture mechanics and material behavior, finite element modeling of biological materials, computational simulation of particulate composites, cellular and granular materials, fatigue crack growth, micromechanical behavior of composites, material erosion from abrasive waterjet processes. Facilities include the Dynamic Photomechanics Lab, Mechanics of Solids Lab, Optics and Lasers Laboratory, Waterjet Machining Lab.

Thermal Sciences—The area of thermal science includes studies of thermodynamics, conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer, pollution, and energy processes. Recent research has been involved with experimental and numerical modeling of cooling of circuit boards, micro/nanoscale energy transport, micro/nanoscale detection, imaging, and spectroscopy, nanoscale manufacturing, nanoscale energy conversion and storage, heat transfer and fluid flow in melting and solidification, micro heat transfer, aerosol transport in human respiratory flows, direct control heat transfer with phase change, computation of natural and forced convection in complex enclosures, energy system analysis including heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and electrical power systems. Facilities include the Fluid Mechanics/ Filtration Lab, Biofluid/Heat Transfer Lab, Energy Research Lab, Micro/Nano Engineering Lab, and Sensors and Surface Technology Lab.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Service and enterprise systems—project planning and management in systems engineering; systems simulation; quality systems; lean systems; design and analysis of experiments; nonlinear systems optimization.

Manufacturing systems—computer-aided manufacturing systems; manufacturing systems: analysis, design, and simulation; product design for manufacture; quality systems; design and analysis of experiments; production control and inventory systems; lean systems.

General Information and Financial Aid

Programs of study can be designed for individuals who are employed full-time. However, all Ph.D. candidates must register full-time for two consecutive semesters prior to taking the comprehensive exam. Some applicants may be required to take courses that are prerequisites to specific graduate courses for completion of the program. Prerequisite course credits might not be counted as program credits. GRE required for graduates of non-U.S. universities except under specific university partnership agreement.

A number of graduate and research assistantships are also available for qualified M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: Mechanical Engineering —B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, aerospace engineering, or a related field such as engineering science, civil engineering, applied mathematics, or applied physics. Students admitted to the program will be expected to have the equivalent of MCE 372. Systems Engineering —B.S. degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or management science.

Program requirements: Mechanical Engineering for thesis option, 30 credits exclusive of seminar, including six to nine credits of thesis (required of all full-time students) and 21-24 credits of course work; one distinct course in each of the three department core areas from the following selections: fluid mechanics/thermal sciences—EGR 515, MCE 541, 545, 546, 550, 551, 552, 562, 580, 653; solid mechanics—MCE 550, 552, 561, 565, 568, 571, 576, 671, 678, 679, 680; mechanical systems—MCE 503, 504, 523, 530, 534, 538, 549, 563, 564, 566, 567, 663; and MCE 501, 502, graduate seminar (required of all on-campus students). For nonthesis option for part-time students only, 30 credits, one course in each of the department core areas; one special problems course requiring a substantial paper involving significant independent study; and a comprehensive examination. Systems Engineering thesis or nonthesis option—minimum of 30 credits with at least 15 credits in graduate-level industrial and systems engineering courses including ISE 533, 555. For the thesis option, the thesis counts as six to nine credits. The nonthesis option is available to part-time students, or in exceptional circumstances, to students with permission from the graduate studies committee. For the nonthesis option, a comprehensive examination, and one course involving significant independent research and a term paper are required.


See Mechanical Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog. See Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: Mechanical Engineering Track —master’s degree. Exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree and superior master’s candidates will also be considered. Industrial Systems Engineering Track—M.S. degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or management science. Although a person with a bachelor’s degree may be admitted, this program is designed principally for people who have master’s degrees.

Program requirements: Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of course work beyond the master’s degree (exclusive of graduate seminar for mechanical engineering students) is required. All full-time mechanical engineering students are required to register and attend the graduate seminar courses, MCE 501/502 each semester of residency. Additional course work may also be required depending on the background. A minimum of 18 credits of doctoral dissertation is to be taken under MCE/ISE 699. Comprehensive examination and dissertation.

For students admitted to the direct Ph.D. program, the requirements are essentially the same as for a regular Ph.D., except that the master’s thesis is waived and they need to pass a qualifying examination. A minimum of 72 credits is required that would include 45 – 48 credits of course work. Nine of these course work credits may be at the 400 level. The remaining 24 – 27 credits would then be taken as doctoral dissertation under MCE/ISE 699. Students will be required to satisfy the master’s core requirements of their respective tracks. Comprehensive examination and dissertation.

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