Graduate students in the mechanical engineering program join highly active research teams. They learn advanced engineering concepts and develop research skills allowing them to investigate and solve critical and relevant technological problems. Many of our graduate students present results of their work at prestigious international conferences and publish in high quality journals. Our graduate student alumni have gone on to careers as researchers in government or industry laboratories, faculty at academic institutions or engineers at a wide range of companies.
Courses and research projects focus on: active (smart) materials, aerospace, vibrations and acoustics, heat transfer, fluid flow (and computational fluid dynamics), environmental transport processes, multiphase flow, energy conservation and conversion technologies, alternative energy including solar power, automatic control, robotics, unmanned aerial systems, biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering and materials, structural properties of engineering materials, composite materials, and computational simulation of structures under extreme dynamic loading.
Graduate students have access to all departmental laboratories and equipment as well as the facilities of the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment. The department supports numerous networked workstations.
The laboratories of the department include the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab, Active Materials and Smart Living Laboratory, a full range of solar and renewable energy facilities, extensive acoustics and vibrations facility, thermal-fluids capability, full array of mechanical testing machines, measurement and control laboratory, and nuclear sensors and devices laboratory. A unique laboratory also exists for full-scale testing of ducts and diffusers, including indoor air quality and HVAC equipment.
Brendan O’Toole, Ph.D., Chair
Hui Zhao, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering Faculty
Mechanical Engineering Courses
Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Criticality Safety
Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Safeguards and Security
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Master of Science - Biomedical Engineering
Master of Science - Materials and Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy - Mechanical Engineering