The department offers graduate programs in mechanical engineering and industrial and systems engineering leading to the degrees of Master of Science (with thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy. Each of these programs can accommodate both full-time and part-time study. See the department’s Graduate Student Guide for detailed information (html version). You can also visit page for graduate program application procedures, which also includes answers to FAQs about the application process.
Master of Science (MS) in Systems Engineering & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Students normally develop individual programs of study in service and enterprise systems, and manufacturing systems. In addition, there are also opportunities for interdisciplinary programs such as logistics, supply chain management, health care systems, transportation, human factors, material science, ocean engineering, and biomedical engineering.
Areas of Concentration
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.
MS: B.S. degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or management science.
PhD: 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.
Master of Science – Systems Engineering
- Thesis and nonthesis options — 30 total credits with at least 15 credits in graduate-level industrial and systems engineering courses including ISE 533, 555.
- Thesis Option – 21-24 credits of course work and 6-9 credits of thesis research under ISE 599.
- Nonthesis option – available to part-time students, or in exceptional circumstances, to students with permission from the graduate studies committee. 30 credits of course work with one course requiring a substantial paper involving a significant independent study, and a written comprehensive examination.
Doctor of Philosophy – Industrial and Systems Engineering
A minimum of 72 credits beyond the B.S. degree. An M.S. degree may count up to 30 of these credits; the remaining credits are split between course work and dissertation research, 18-24 of which are dissertation credits and the remaining credits are course work. At least 15 credits of course work should be in graduate-level industrial and systems engineering courses including ISE 533, 555; and three courses in one of the specialization areas. Ph.D. candidacy review after completion of first year of full-time study (or nine credits for part-time students). The purpose of this review is to determine the candidate’s initial progress toward the doctorate, and it is conducted jointly by the department’s graduate committee and student’s doctoral committee, evaluating both the student’s course work and any beginning research activity. Candidacy review may be waived for a student with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, systems engineering, or other related fields. Comprehensive examination and dissertation.
Master of Science (MS) & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Students normally develop individual programs of study in mechanical systems/design, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics or thermal science. In addition, there are also opportunities for interdisciplinary programs such as biomechanics, geomechanics, manufacturing, material science, ocean engineering, and micro/nano sciences.
Areas of Concentration
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 non-linear dynamics & vibrations, vibration-based structural health monitoring and failure prediction, expert systems, machine tool calibration, control of robot vehicles, kinematic design and optimization, computer-aided design of control systems, precision machining, surface roughness analysis, and robot-assisted waterjet machining.
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.
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.
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, 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.
MS: BS 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.
PhD: MS degree in mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, aerospace engineering, or a related field such as engineering science, civil engineering, applied mathematics, or applied physics. Exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree and superior master’s candidates will also be considered.
Master of Science
- Thesis and nonthesis options — 30 total credits including. Only 9 credits of 400-level course work are allowed. Students must take one course from each of the three department core areas. Full-time students must enroll in graduate seminar, MCE 501 and 502, each semester.
- Thesis Option – 21-24 credits of course work (exclusive of seminar) and 6-9 credits of thesis research under MCE 599.
- Non-Thesis Option – Available only for part-time students. 30 credits of course work with one course requiring a substantial paper involving a significant independent study, and a written comprehensive examination.
Doctor of Philosophy
Completion of a minimum of 42 credits beyond the MS degree (or 72 credits beyond the BS degree), composed of 24 course credits (exclusive of seminar, with one course outside the student’s major area) and 18 doctoral dissertation credits under MCE 699. Full-time students must enroll in graduate seminar, MCE 501 and 502, each semester. Candidacy review, written and oral comprehensive examinations and a dissertation required of all students.
Joint Program with Technical University Braunschweig
Administered in collaboration with Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany, this program enables students to complete simultaneous engineering master’s degrees from both institutions over a two-year period or a doctorate from both institutions. This project was jump-started by the generous support of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and additional funds from an NSF PIRE grant. It is currently supported by the Max Kade Foundation.
Westerly Part-time MS Program
URI’s College of Engineering, in collaboration with the URI Special Program Office, offers a part-time MS degree program in Mechanical or Ocean Engineering for engineers working in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island. We offer courses each fall, spring and summer semester. Classes are taught in the late afternoon or evening in the Westerly, RI area. New students are welcome to join the program at any time. Click here for more information.