Masters Program - Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers both the thesis and non-thesis option in pursuing a Master of Engineering degree. Upon completion of nine credits the student must declare whether they will pursue the thesis or non-thesis option. If the thesis option is chosen, the student is required to take 24 credits of course work and six credits of ME499 for their thesis project work. If the non-thesis option is chosen the student is required to take 30 credits of course work and submit a report that fulfills the special project requirement.

The student must complete a coherent concentration of graduate-level courses approved by the department.

Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available to the student. Thesis requirements and non-thesis requirements are outlined in the Master’s Degree Requirements.  Pursuing the thesis option gives students the opportunity to work under the guidance of a faculty adviser on research or an original investigation of a problem in mechanical engineering.  Writing and defending a thesis describing the results of their work prepares student for further doctoral study and research and project work in industry.  For some students, such as those working while completing their degree requirements, the non-thesis option is preferred.

Through course projects, research, and consulting opportunities, graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering explore design and innovation, robotics, mechatronics, energy and sustainability, nanotechnology, dynamic systems and control, vibration and acoustics, biomedical engineering and cutting-edge computational methods. Courses balance analytical rigor and creative design, thereby preparing graduates for a variety of careers.

Graduates are valued for their strong project-based design skills and analytical abilities. They have successful careers as entrepreneurs and innovators in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy and construction industries. They often pursue doctoral studies in a range of mechanical engineering fields.

SPECIALIZATION AND RESEARCH AREAS: computer-aided design and engineering, computational fluid dynamics, combustion, refrigeration, robotics, biomedical systems, respiratory biomechanics, automotive systems, mechatronics, thermoelectric power generation, energy-efficient buildings, vibration and acoustics

EMPLOYERS OF OUR GRADUATES: Arup, Boeing, Bloomberg LP, Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, Exxon, General Dynamics, General Motors, Google, Honda, IBM, Merck, NASA, Raytheon, Southwest Research Institute, SpaceX, Stryker, United States Patent and Trademark Office

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