Mechanical Engineering MS

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The mission of the ME graduate program is to provide advanced levels of learning in the areas of manufacturing/control, thermo-fluid sciences, and solid mechanics.

Objectives

Through the education offered by the MS/ME program, students will learn to:

  • formulate solutions to mechanical engineering problems through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches
  • grow professionally and personally
  • serve their profession and community


Outcomes

Students undertaking education in MS/ME program are expected to: 

  • expand their knowledge and understanding of methods and approaches to advancing knowledge in the basic areas of mechanical engineering
  • formulate solutions to problems related to solid mechanics, thermo-fluids phenomena, and manufacturing and controls
  • be able to conduct research and application development in mechanical engineering-related areas
  • become a scholar, who will serve his or her profession and community

Research Equipment and Facilities
The mechanical engineering department is one of the largest programs on campus and has well-equipped laboratories. Several faculty members within the department are associated with Computational Mechanics Laboratory (CML), where high-end workstations are available for pursuing research and design-in modeling.

Several faculty members are associated with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), where research in advanced manufacturing, composites, and design methodologies is conducted.

The department has a strong relationship with the Arbegast Material Processing (AMP) Center and the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (AML).

Other labs include the Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Lab, which houses a Mach 3 supersonic wind tunnel, Vibrations Lab, Neural Networks and Controls Lab, Micromechanics Lab, Advanced Dynamics Lab, and a small Ballistics Lab. The campus fosters interdisciplinary research and possesses state-of-the-art equipment, such as an electron microscope, atomic force microscope, x-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, laser Vibration Pattern Imager, FADAL VMC40 Vertical Machining Center, Bridgeport Romi CNC lathe, Coordinate Measuring Machine, Injection Molding Machine, IBM 7540 Industrial Robot, and Universal Testing Machines.

Graduate research laboratories also include equipment for modern digital controls and machine vision, thermal image analysis, high-speed imaging, and experimental mechanics.

Curriculum
The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the basic principles involved in the major stems of mechanical engineering: thermoscience, mechanical systems, and manufacturing

The graduate program in mechanical engineering can be pursued using either of two equal options.

1. Non-Thesis:
Total credit hours required (32 credits)

Project ME 788 (4 credits)

Remaining 28 hours are taken:
(maximum) at the 4001/500 level (9 credits)
(minimum) at the 600/700 level (19 credits)

2. Thesis:
Total credit hours required (30 credits)

Thesis ME 798 (6 credits)

Remaining 24 hours are taken:
(maximum) at the 4001/500 level (9 credits)
(minimum) at the 600/700 level (15 credits)

Curriculum Notes
1 300 level acceptable, if outside department and on approved blanket waiver list
1 Students may enroll in 300/400 level courses, only if 500/600 level courses within the major are not being offered or by written permission of the student's major professor and the department chair

It is the belief and policy of the mechanical engineering department that these two options are equivalent in educational value to the student. Within the first semester in residence, each student is requested to carefully evaluate their preference after discussion with the mechanical engineering faculty, and a decision must be made shortly after the beginning of the second semester in residence. In either case, the student must, by then, choose a major professor, and with the major professor's assistance, develop a plan of study. The plan is due by the end of the first full calendar month of the student's second semester (end of September or end of January) in residence. The plan will be submitted to:

  1. Graduate office
  2.  Department chair
  3.  Major professor
  4.  Copy to the student

Each master's degree candidate must select an advisory committee. In addition to the candidate's major professor, the committee must consist of at least one other mechanical engineering professor and a graduate office representative. The graduate office representative, whose appointment must be approved by the graduate dean, must be selected from outside of the mechanical engineering department. The student and his/her supervising professor will nominate the out-of-department committee member after the student has received the nominee's consent.

The core curriculum required of all MS students includes:
ME 673 Applied Engineering Analysis I
ME 773 Applied Engineering Analysis II

In addition, students are encouraged to select one course from each of the three areas listed below (or approved substitutions) for a total of five core courses.

Thermal Sciences
ME 612 Transport Phenomena: Momentum
ME 613 Transport Phenomena: Heat
ME 616 Computations in Transport Phenomena
ME 618 Conduction Heat Transfer
ME 619 Convection Heat Transfer
ME 620 Radiation Heat Transfer

Mechanical Systems
ME 623 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
ME 680 Advanced Strength of Materials
MES 713 Advanced Solid Mechanics I
ME/MES 770 Continuum Mechanics

Manufacturing and Controls
ME 625 Smart Structures
ME 683 Advanced Mechanical System Control
ME 781 Robotics

The details of the actual course selections must be developed by the student, the student's academic advisor, and the student's committee. 

Entering students usually have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Qualifying examinations may be required of entering students. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is expected for regular (non-probationary) admission. Applicants who are graduates of institutions that are not accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) are required to sit for the Graduate Record Exam and have their scores submitted prior to consideration for admission.
 
Final Examination Thesis Program
Upon completion of the thesis, mechanical engineering graduate students electing this option will be examined orally over the written thesis and coursework as prescribed in the graduate section. A mechanical engineering graduate student with an accumulated GPA of 3.4 or better in those courses in their graduate program will have their coursework exam combined with the thesis defense. For students having an accumulated GPA of less than 3.4 in courses in their graduate program, a separate focused coursework oral examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee. The GPA will be computed using midterm grades for the semester in which the student is currently enrolled. The coursework examination will examine primarily concepts and fundamentals of those courses selected, rather than the mechanics of problem solution and will, in general, attempt to establish the student's in-depth knowledge of the course content. The student's graduate committee will select specific courses from the student's graduate program in which the student has indicated possible deficiencies. The major professor will inform the student no less than three weeks prior to the examination what courses have been selected; however, it is the student's responsibility to secure this information from the major professor.

Final Examination Non-Thesis Option
Mechanical engineering MS graduate students selecting a non-thesis option will be required to pursue a special investigation, under the direction of a faculty member. The report on this study will be written and formal, although not of thesis quality nor extent. Upon the completion of the special investigation, and with the approval of the directing faculty member, the student will be given a formal oral examination over the investigation. Rules concerning an oral examination over coursework taken by the student in their graduate program will be identical to the rules stipulated above for those students taking the thesis option.