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Mechanical engineers create the physical systems and devices that define modern society — everything from automobiles to air conditioning, robotic parts to power plants, people movers to artificial limbs, and rocket engines to satellites. At the School of Engineering, we groom our students to become the inventors and innovators of tomorrow. Our PhD in Mechanical Engineering program offers a balanced curriculum that emphasizes the principles behind these designs and approaches. To apply these principles in the field, we make computational and research experience an integral component of your studies.

We also offer you the freedom to choose from 5 distinct areas of specialization:

  • aerospace engineering
  • controls and dynamic systems
  • fluid dynamics and thermal systems
  • materials engineering
  • mechanics and structural systems

The high faculty-to-student ratio of our program ensures you develop close ties to your instructors and fellow students. This fosters lifelong relationships and a rigorous intellectual community of scholars.

Many of our graduates enter such fields as computer engineering, nanotechnology, software development, and financial engineering. They also occupy positions in bioengineering, manufacturing, astronautics, systems engineering, and corporate management and law.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program requires an MS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or other closely related engineering field or applied sciences. Generally, you must also be able to present a GPA of 3.5 or better in your MS work. In cases where it is unclear that the required MS specialization has been satisfied, the degree requirements for the Mechanical Engineering, MS at the School of Engineering will define the necessary reparation. This same criterion applies for degrees received in other engineering disciplines.

Those with a BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and a GPA of 3.5 or better may apply directly to the program.

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The general credit requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degree at the School of Engineering are:

  • Transfer from MS degree (30 credits)
  • Approved coursework beyond the MS degree (21 credits minimum)
  • Ph.D. dissertation (21 credits minimum)
  • Minimum Total Required: 75 Credits

The credits above include MS degree credits but go beyond those for the BS degree.

Your studies must also be completed 5 years after the MS degree or the date of admission, whichever is later, unless a formal leave of absence is approved before the period for which the studies are interrupted.

In addition, you must take a written and oral departmental qualifying examination within the first 2 times it is offered after the date you join the doctoral program. Upon passing, you must then form a Ph.D. Guidance Committee and begin your dissertation. To do so, you will need to register for at least 3 credits of ME 9999 each fall and spring semester. Actual registration should reflect the pace of the work and your activity.

An exception to the minimum registration requirement may be made in the last semester of registration if that semester is devoted primarily to complete the work and dissertation. A dissertation grade of U for 2 consecutive terms affects whether or not you will be allowed to continue doctoral work. You must present progress on your dissertation to your guidance committee at least once a year. You can find additional details on degree requirements in the departmental pamphlet available at the department's main office.

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Our PhD Program offers students opportunities to work in labs specializing in a broad range of mechanical engineering research.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering prepares students for careers in research and academia. Our faculty are investigating a diverse range of research areas like fluid mechanics, renewable energy technologies, materials processing and manufacturing, prosthetics, diagnostic tools, nanotechnology, and much more. As a PhD candidate, you will share in the excitement of discovery as you collaborate with our faculty on cutting edge research. You will also acquire strong, independent research skills and begin to develop your own skills and reputation as a member of the research community.

Because the advisor/graduate relationship is the cornerstone of a successful PhD experience, all new PhD candidates are carefully matched with faculty advisors, based on mutual research interests.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) normally requires four to five years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree. There is no formal course requirement for a doctoral degree. The student develops a technical program involving both research and coursework with the help of his or her faculty advisor.

PhD candidates must pass the departmental exam, the Graduate Board Oral exam, submit a doctoral dissertation, and pass a final dissertation defense.

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Visit our PhD Alumni page to see where our PhD graduates have made their mark around the world. You, too, can join this elite group with an admission to our highly-ranked PhD program.

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The Ph.D. degree is intended primarily for students who desire a career in research, advanced development, or teaching; for this type of work, a broad background in mathematics and the engineering sciences, together with intensive study and research experience in a specialized area, are the necessary requisites.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is conferred on candidates who have demonstrated to the satisfaction of their department or school

  • substantial scholarship
  • high attainment in a particular field of knowledge
  • and the ability to do independent investigation and present the results of such research.

They must satisfy the general requirements for advanced degrees, the program requirements specified by their departments, and the doctoral requirements for candidacy, as outlined in the Stanford Bulletin.

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As a PhD student in mechanical engineering, you’ll be part of a community of outstanding students who are preparing for advanced work in industry, national labs, and academia. We’ll mentor you on your way to becoming a world-class researcher, and you can choose from opportunities within established and emerging research specializations. Broad research themes within the department include biomechanics, computational engineering, energy, manufacturing, and mechanics and controls, and within those, you’ll also have access to excellent research facilities are available for specialized research.

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Mechanical engineering department, learn more about what information you need to apply., how to apply.

Please consult the table below for key information about this degree program’s admissions requirements. The program may have more detailed admissions requirements, which can be found below the table or on the program’s website.

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School as well as the program(s). Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online .

Submitted scores will not be used in admission decisions.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS and PROCESS

Degree: Most applicants have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Students with a Bachelor of Science in other engineering or physical and natural science disciplines will be considered for admission. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.

GPA: The Department of Mechanical Engineering prefers a 3.2/4.0 GPA. The minimum GPA to be reviewed by the admission committee is 3.0/4.0.

Advisor selection process: Applicants are required to seek out and secure their own faculty advisor. International students must complete this process as part of the application process, before an offer of admission may be granted. To seek out a faculty advisor please review the department Research and People websites. Only those faculty listed with titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, can serve as graduate advisors. Do not contact Emeritus faculty, Lecturers, Research Scientists, or Faculty Associates. You are encouraged to inquire about possible funding opportunities. If a faculty member offers to be your advisor, ask them to email their acceptance to [email protected] .

Each application must include the following:

  • Graduate School Application
  • Academic transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English Proficiency Score (if required)
  • Application Fee

All applicants must satisfy requirements that are set forth by the  Graduate School . Upon acceptance, students without Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science degrees may be required to complete one or more courses in addition to degree requirements to satisfy any deficiencies (this requirement cannot be determined prior to admission).

To apply to the Mechanical Engineering program, complete  applications , including supportive materials, must be submitted as described below and received by the following deadline dates:

  • Fall Semester—December 15 
  • Spring Semester—September 1 
  • Summer Session—December 15 

ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT

Within the online application, upload the undergraduate transcript(s) and, if applicable, the previous graduate transcript. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted for review, but official copies are required for admitted students. Please do not send transcripts or any other application materials to the Graduate School or the Department of Mechanical Engineering unless requested. Please review the requirements set by the  Graduate School  for additional information about degrees/transcripts.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

In this document, applicants should explain why they want to pursue further education in Mechanical Engineering and discuss which UW faculty members they would be interested in doing research with during their graduate study (see the Graduate School for  more advice on how to structure a personal statement ).

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THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

These letters are required from people who can accurately judge the applicant’s academic, research, and/or work performance. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically to graduate programs through the online application. See the  Graduate School for FAQs  regarding letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are due by the deadline listed above. 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY SCORE 

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. The UW-Madison Graduate School accepts TOEFL or IETLS scores. Your score will not be accepted if it is more than two years old from the start of your admission term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level and how recent the language instruction was taken are the determining factors in meeting this requirement.

For more information regarding minimum score requirements and exemption policy, please see the Graduate School Requirements for Admission .

APPLICATION FEE

Submission must be accompanied by the one-time application fee. It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or debit/ATM. Information about the application fee may be found here (scroll to the ‘Frequently asked questions).

Fee grants are available through the conditions  outlined here by the Graduate School . Applicants who do not qualify for a fee grant as explained above, may seek out a Mechanical Engineering faculty advisor and discuss the fee grant option with that individual. If the faculty advisor is able and willing to pay the application fee for the applicant, the faculty advisor should contact the ME Associate Chair for Graduate Studies or the ME Graduate Admissions Team for assistance. 

If you have questions, please contact  [email protected] .

RE-ENTRY ADMISSIONS

If you were previously enrolled as a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have not earned your degree, but have had a break in enrollment for a minimum of a fall or spring term, you will need to re-apply to resume your studies. Please review the Graduate School requirements for previously enrolled students . Your previous faculty advisor (or another ME faculty advisor) must be willing to supply advising support and should e-mail the ME Graduate Student Services Coordinator regarding next steps in the process.

If you were previously enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree, completed that degree, have had a break in enrollment since earning the degree and would now like to apply for another UW-Madison program; you are required to submit a new student application through the UW-Madison Graduate School online application. For ME graduate programs, you must follow the entire application process as described above.

CURRENTLY ENROLLED GRADUATE STUDENT ADMISSIONS

Students currently enrolled as a graduate student at UW-Madison, whether in ME or a non-ME graduate program, wishing to apply to this degree program should contact the ME Graduate Admissions Team to inquire about the process and deadlines several months in advance of the anticipated enrollment term. Current students may apply to change or add programs for any term (fall, spring, or summer).

Tuition and funding

Tuition and segregated fee rates are always listed per semester (not for Fall and Spring combined).

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Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid.  Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

There are three mechanisms for Graduate Student funding through the university for Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. students:

  • Fellowships
  • Graduate assistantships: project assistantships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships
  • Traineeships

Funding is awarded based on the qualifications of the student, the number of applicants, the amount of available funding, and the number of continuing students receiving support. You can apply for funding for research assistantships by contacting individual faculty members directly. Please check our  website  to look for faculty (only those listed with titles of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor can serve as graduate student advisors). Search for faculty who have research interests that align closely with your own by viewing faculty directory entries, visiting the faculty’s website (linked from the directory page), and reviewing publications by the faculty member. Once you have identified faculty with interests close to your own, you are encouraged to contact them by email to inquire regarding available research assistant positions. The admissions office does not know if a particular professor has research assistant positions available.

Students who apply to the department will be automatically considered for fellowship opportunities within the department. Admitted students will be eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantship positions. More information, including the application, will be available to students after admission is complete.

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to receive some level of funding through the federal direct loan program. These loans are available to qualified graduate students who are taking at least 4 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and 2 credits during summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at  their website . 

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For information on International Student Funding and Scholarships visit the ISS  website .

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Review the Graduate School minimum  academic progress and degree requirements , in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Required Courses

Two semesters of  M E 903 Graduate Seminar  are required.  These should be taken the first two semester the student is in residence.  If an M.S. degree is received at UW–Madison, additional M E 903 credits are not required.

A minimum of 42 formal course credits beyond the B.S. degree. This includes a minimum of 15 credits (usually five courses) numbered 700 or higher (excluding M E 964 Special Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering courses unless specifically approved). 12 credits (usually four courses) numbered 700 and above must be taken at UW–Madison. A minimum of 6 credits (usually two courses) numbered 700 and above must be in Mechanical Engineering (M E) and/or Engineering Mechanics (E M A) taken at UW–Madison. A minimum of one (3 or more – credit) math course. The following courses would satisfy the math course requirement:

Acceptable courses for the remainder of the required 42 formal course credits (this total includes the courses taken for the PhD breadth requirement) are those numbered 400 and above. Up to two 300 and above courses in engineering, math, or the sciences taken at UW-Madison can also be used towards the formal course credit requirement. The 300 and above courses can be from Mechanical Engineering and/or Engineering Mechanics if approved by the student’s advisor and the ME graduate committee. 

Minimum of 18 thesis credits ( M E 790 Master’s Research and Thesis ,  M E 890 PhD Research and Thesis ,  M E 990 Dissertator Research and Thesis ) are required with an overall grade of S.

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The PhD in Mechanical Engineering is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and research competence in the fields of mechanical engineering. To earn a PhD, a student must complete an approved, rigorous program of advanced coursework and submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research.

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The PhD is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and research competence in the fields of mechanical or industrial engineering. To earn a PhD, a student must complete an approved, rigorous program of advanced coursework and submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research. The mechanical and industrial engineering (MIE) department expects all successful doctoral candidates to show depth of knowledge and research innovation in their chosen field of specialization.

The MIE department admits applicants to the PhD program either directly after earning a suitable bachelor’s degree or after earning a master’s degree. Upon acceptance into the program, an applicant is designated as a doctoral student. This designation is changed to doctoral candidate upon successful completion of the doctoral qualifying examinations (both written and oral area exams) as well as all the required course work.

  • The PhD in Mechanical Engineering can be combined with a  Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate
  • Both Bachelors and Advanced Degree entry are available
  • Students submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research
  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts
  • Ability to formulate a research plan
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan
  • Ability to conduct independent research

Our graduates pursue careers within academia and beyond.

  • Seattle’s Children’s Hospital
  • Sonos, Inc.
  • Massachusetts institute of Technology
  • Citicorp Credit Services
  • Norfolk Southern
  • King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • California State University, Long Beach

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  • Completed online application form
  • $100 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for international applicants

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PhD Priority: December 15

International outside US: June 1

International inside US: July 1

Domestic: August 1

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For specific information on the Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering PhD program, see the navigation links to the right. 

What follows on this page is an overview of all Ph.D. programs at the School; additional information and guidance can be found on the  Graduate Policies  pages. 

General Ph.D. Requirements

  • 10 semester-long graduate courses, including at least 8 disciplinary.   At least 5 of the 10 should be graduate-level SEAS "technical" courses (or FAS graduate-level technical courses taught by SEAS faculty), not including seminar/reading/project courses.  Undergraduate-level courses cannot be used.  For details on course requirements, see the school's overall PhD course requirements  and the individual program pages linked therein.
  • Program Plan (i.e., the set of courses to be used towards the degree) approval by the  Committee on Higher Degrees  (CHD).
  • Minimum full-time academic residency of two years .
  • Serve as a Teaching Fellow (TF) in one semester of the second year.
  • Oral Qualifying Examination Preparation in the major field is evaluated in an oral examination by a qualifying committee. The examination has the dual purpose of verifying the adequacy of the student's preparation for undertaking research in a chosen field and of assessing the student's ability to synthesize knowledge already acquired. For details on arranging your Qualifying Exam, see the exam policies and the individual program pages linked therein.
  • Committee Meetings : PhD students' research committees meet according to the guidelines in each area's "Committee Meetings" listing.  For details see the "G3+ Committee Meetings" section of the Policies of the CHD  and the individual program pages linked therein.
  • Final Oral Examination (Defense) This public examination devoted to the field of the dissertation is conducted by the student's research committee. It includes, but is not restricted to, a defense of the dissertation itself.  For details of arranging your final oral exam see the  Ph.D. Timeline  page.
  • Dissertation Upon successful completion of the qualifying examination, a committee chaired by the research supervisor is constituted to oversee the dissertation research. The dissertation must, in the judgment of the research committee, meet the standards of significant and original research.

Optional additions to the Ph.D. program

Harvard PhD students may choose to pursue these additional aspects:

  • a Secondary Field (which is similar to a "minor" subject area).  SEAS offers PhD Secondary Field programs in  Data Science and in  Computational Science and Engineering .   GSAS  lists  secondary fields offered by other programs.
  • a Master of Science (S.M.) degree conferred  en route to the Ph.D in one of several of SEAS's subject areas.  For details see here .
  • a Teaching Certificate awarded by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning .

SEAS PhD students may apply to participate in the  Health Sciences and Technology graduate program  with Harvard Medical School and MIT.  Please check with the HST program for details on eligibility (e.g., only students in their G1 year may apply) and the application process.

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Materials science and mechanical engineering​ is a field within the Engineering Sciences area of study at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS). In the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select "PhD Engineering Sciences: Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering​" in the area of study menu.

The materials science and mechanical engineering program at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering ranges from fundamental work in solid and fluid mechanics to diverse studies in materials, mechanical systems, and biomechanics. You will discover that mechanical engineering covers a wide range of activities, including research in dynamics, fluids, materials, solids, and thermodynamics. Your research will be strongly interdisciplinary, with many connections to Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Materials scientists and mechanical engineers at Harvard are engaged in a wide range of work in the mechanics of materials structures. Projects that current and past students have worked on include seeking to create a revolutionary implantable brain-machine interface that can improve the treatment of neurological disorders and engineering the next generation of pop-up and inflatable buildings.

Graduates of the program have gone on to found exciting startups in health care and robotics and have begun a range of careers in law, industry, and government. Others have positions in academia at the University of Toronto, University of Rochester, and Harvard.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) normally requires four to five years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree. There is no formal course requirement for a doctoral degree.  The student develops a technical program involving both research and course work with the help of their faculty advisor.

PhD candidates must pass the Departmental Qualifying Exam (usually taken at the end of the second semester of graduate study), successfully submit a doctoral dissertation proposal (usually during the third-year of full-time study), complete a doctoral dissertation, and pass the final Graduate Board Oral exam and the dissertation defense.

Admissions 

To be admitted to graduate study in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, applicants must submit credentials sufficient to convince the faculty that they will thrive in a program of advanced course work and research. Graduate Record Examination scores must be submitted.

Each graduate student is assigned to a faculty advisor to map a program for the first year and enter the intellectual life of the department. The student will remain in regular communication with the advisor. The advisor may use a variety of methods to assess the student’s progress. It is not necessary that a student have the same advisor in successive years. After serious research for a dissertation has begun, the research supervisor will automatically function as advisor.

All Ph.D. students are required in their first three years, and master’s students are encouraged during their time here, to register for EN.530.803 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar and attend its weekly Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminars.

Where Do our PhD Graduates Go?  Visit  our PhD Alumni page  to see where our PhD graduates have made their mark around the world. You, too, can join this elite group with an admission to our PhD program!

Program Requirements

Although there are no formal course requirements, students are presumed to be prepared by studies equal to six 600-level courses in their field of specialization and six courses in related fields. All candidates for the doctorate must complete two semesters as a teaching assistant as part of their training. All students are required to follow a course of study approved by their individual advisor.

 In addition to general university requirements, the student must complete the following requirements:

  • Achieve an unconditional pass in the oral Departmental Qualifying Exam based on core courses. This exam is usually taken after the second semester.
  • Submit a Doctoral Dissertation Proposal that will serve as a base for research and dissertation by the end of the third year.
  • Complete research and write the Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Achieve an unconditional pass in the Graduate Board Oral examination satisfying the Graduate Board requirements. This is a comprehensive examination in which students must demonstrate proficiency at the graduate level in their field of specialization.
  • The final and principal requirement for the doctorate is to successfully defend the Doctoral Dissertation in a final oral presentation and examination, also known as the "dissertation defense."

Additional details on Ph.D. requirements and departmental academic policy for the Ph.D. degree can be found on the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Advising page .

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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and research competence in the fields of mechanical engineering. To earn a PhD, a student must complete an approved, rigorous program of advanced course work and submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) expects all successful doctoral candidates to show depth of knowledge and research innovation in their chosen field of specialization.

The MIE department admits applicants to the PhD program either directly after earning a suitable bachelor’s degree (i.e., direct entry) or after earning a suitable master’s degree (i.e., advanced entry).

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All course work must have the approval of the academic advisor. All PhD students must first pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examinations before being admitted to Doctoral Candidacy.

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering/scientific/quantitative problems
  • An ability to explain and apply engineering design principles, as appropriate to the program’s educational objectives
  • An ability to produce solutions that meet specified end-user needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to recognize and advance the engineering tools/principles needed for creative thinking and innovation to propel technical development for industrial applications and/or scientific research
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Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research, including cooperative education and internships, to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program , also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Students also have the option to participate in an internship or the university’s Experiential PhD program.

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The Academic Advisors in the Graduate Student Services office can help answer many of your questions and assist with various concerns regarding your program and student record. Use the link below to also determine which questions can be answered by your Faculty Program Advisors and OGS Advisors.

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The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program is interdisciplinary by design and provides both post-bachelor’s and post-master’s applicants the opportunity for study in a broad range of areas within mechanical engineering as well as within the College of Engineering. The mechanical engineering faculty members boast international reputations and provide students with opportunities for research in:

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  • MEMS and Nanotechnology

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the PhD in Mechanical Engineering program will be able to:

  • Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline of mechanical engineering as demonstrated by the completion of a PhD thesis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct advanced independent research by mastering research methodologies and techniques, synthesizing existing knowledge, analyzing and evaluating their findings, and communicating the results to other researchers.

Course Requirements

Post-bachelor’s students.

  • Must complete all departmental requirements for the Master of Science.
  • Are required to complete a minimum of 64 credits applicable to their degree (a minimum of 24 credits must be structured courses and a minimum of 16 credits of research/dissertation is required).

Post-Master’s Students

  • Develop a curriculum in consultation with their faculty advisor
  • Are required to complete 32 credits applicable to their degree, all of which must be at the 500 level or higher
  • Are required to complete a minimum of 8 credits of research/dissertation coursework.

Residency Requirement

Each student must satisfy a residency requirement of a minimum of two consecutive regular semesters of full-time graduate study at Boston University. Full-time study in this context means full-time commitment to the discipline as determined by the associate dean for research and graduate programs.

Teaching Requirement

Students must also take ENG ME 801 Teaching Practicum 1 and ME 802 Teaching Practicum 2. These courses cannot be used to meet the structured course requirements. Both ENG ME 801 and 802 come with practical teaching experience. Practical teaching experience includes some combination of running discussion sections, managing laboratory sections, providing some lectures, preparing homework and solution sets, exams, and grading. Attend lectures/seminars on best teaching practices. Total time commitment: up to 20 hours/week for one semester for each course.

Qualifying Examination

  • Students must pass a comprehensive examination covering basic knowledge in mechanical engineering
  • Limited to two attempts
  • ME Qualifying Examination

Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement

All College of Engineering PhD students are required to complete the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research program prior to completing the prospectus. The Advanced RCR program includes an online module and four live discussion workshops.

Dissertation Prospectus Defense

  • Within one year of becoming a candidate, the student is expected to present an oral dissertation proposal to the prospective Dissertation Committee and obtain approval for the written dissertation prospectus.

Dissertation

  • A PhD candidate is expected to prepare and carry out an independent and original research project in partial fulfillment of the dissertation requirement.
  • The Dissertation Committee must consist of College of Engineering (tenured or tenure-earning) faculty.

Final Oral Examination

  • Students shall present themselves for a final oral examination in which they must defend their dissertation as a worthy contribution to knowledge in their field and demonstrate mastery of their field of specialization as related to the dissertation.
  • The Examining Committee is composed of at least five members, of which two must be (tenured or tenure-earning) faculty from the student’s academic department/division.
  • Both the post-bachelor’s and post-master’s programs must be completed within five years of the individual’s acceptance into PhD candidacy.
  • Candidates for the PhD are required to have a member of the graduate faculty in the department/division of their major field as an advisor.

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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering boasts a world-class program leading to the PhD in Mechanical Engineering, offering tremendous flexibility in course selection.

Students may choose whether or not to earn the MS on the way to earning the PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Most students joining the department enter the PhD program in Stage 1, during which students complete their MS degree in Mechanical Engineering or Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. An outline of the steps toward completion of the Mechanical Engineering PhD is presented below.

Stage 1: MS or its Equivalent

Please select a link for information on getting your MS degree in  ME  & or  TAM .*

Students entering directly after earning the BS are considered Stage 1 PhD students until the prerequisite for the qualifying exam has been completed. 

Stage 2: Qualifying Examination, PhD Coursework, Preliminary Examination

The Department requires graduate students to successfully complete a qualifying examination to formally enter the PhD program.

ME PhD Qualifying Examination

The objective of the qualifying exam is to evaluate student’s sufficient depth and breadth of understanding in the area of research. Towards this goal, a committee of two faculty members appointed by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs for each examinee will administer an hour-long oral exam on a peer-reviewed, archival journal article related to student’s area of research. The committee will be asked to select an important paper in the student’s research field, consistent with the fact that the student has a two-week preparation period.  The paper is chosen by the committee in consultation with the student’s advisor, and is provided to the student two weeks ahead of the exam. The article may not be one authored/co-authored by the student or by any faculty in the department.  The exam result is presented as pass, conditional pass or fail, and should be submitted via email to the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  The Assistant Director of Graduate Programs will relay the result to the student’s advisor.

A minimum of B+ grade in each of four independent courses from any one or a combination of any two areas chosen from an approved list (see below) is a prerequisite for taking the qualifying exam.

A student may attempt the examination twice.

Details of the Exam

Prerequisites:   A B+ grade or higher in each of the four independent courses chosen from an approved list (see below) is a prerequisite for appearing in the qualifying exam. These four courses can be chosen from a single area or a combination of any two areas. In addition, the student is required to take the qualifying exam within two years after a master’s degree or within three years of a bachelor’s degree. The advisor must approve the choice of courses. Students would be encouraged to retake a class to improve their grade sufficiently to meet the requirements. Transferred coursework cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisites of the qualifying exam.

Administration of the Qual Exam :  Students who have satisfied the prerequisites for the exam and wish to register should submit the  ME PhD Qualifying Exam Form to the Graduate Programs Office. Exam schedules will be set based on committee availability and must not be earlier than 3 weeks from the time of the request approval.

Advisors will email the names of three suggested committee members and three suggested articles to the Graduate Programs Office.

The Associate Head for Graduate Programs will review the request and select the two members for the evaluation committee.

A notice will be sent from the Graduate Programs Office to the committee, informing them that they have been appointed to administer the examination and who has been named Committee Chair. The notice will also include the suggested articles from the advisor and the timeline in which the exam needs to be scheduled.

Students are responsible for picking a date and time that works for all committee members. Once a date and time are confirmed by all committee members, students must email [email protected]  the date and time of their exam, with each member of the committee carbon-copied (CCed) on the email. 

Oral Examination Committee:   A committee of two faculty members from MechSE appointed by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs for each examinee will administer an hour-long oral exam on a peer-reviewed, archival journal article related to student’s area of research.

Journal article:  The student will be examined on a published, peer-reviewed archival journal article related to student’s research. The student’s adviser will provide a suggested list of papers to the Graduate Programs Office with a rationale for the choice of the articles, to be shared with the examining committee.  The committee may choose a paper from the list, or it can choose a paper outside of the advisor’s suggested list, but from within the general research area of the student.  The selected paper must be an important paper in the student’s research field, consistent with the fact that the student has a two-week preparation period. If the article selected is outside the list, the committee needs to provide a rationale for the choice of the article, and a statement describing the reason as to why an article was  not  chosen from the advisor’s suggested list. The committee’s statement will be provided to the Associate Head (AH) for Grad Programs, and  not  to the student’s advisor. AH may communicate the statement to the advisor at his/her own discretion.  The article may not be one authored/co-authored by the student or by any faculty in the department.  In addition to reading the article, the student is expected to review the related literature.  The article will be provided to the student two weeks ahead of the exam, so please contact the Graduate Programs Office with the article selection as quickly as possible. Once the paper is selected, the student will be notified to contact the committee to schedule the examination.

Grading:  The student must present the material from the article in 30 minutes, and answer committee’s questions in the remaining 30 minutes. The exam will be graded on the following points:

  • overall significance of the article
  • influence of the work on the development of the field
  • possible future research directions in the area of the article
  • the key findings of the work
  • connection to student’s research

Outcome of the exam:  the result can be (a) an unconditional pass, (b) a conditional pass pending taking a specific course or courses with a defined minimum grade, and (c) a fail. On failing, a student may repeat the oral exam once.

Approved List of Areas and Courses

Combustion: ME 403, 501, 503; CHBE 551/CHEM 582; CHEM 522;

Computational Mechanics: ME 412, 447, 471, 570; TAM 470, 570, 574; CEE 576; CS 446, 450; MSE 485

Controls: ME 446, 460, 461, 541, 561, 562; AE 403, 454, 504, 555, 556; ECE 486, 515 (same as ME 540), 517, 534, 553, 555, 568, 573; Math 518, 519, 540, 541, 550, 551

Dynamics: ME 440, 546 (same as ECE 528); TAM 412, 416, 514, 518; TAM 515 / AE 554

Fluid Mechanics: ME 410, 411(same as AE 412), 412, 504, 510; TAM 435, 531, 532, 534, 536, 537, 538, 570; AE 511, 514, 515

Heat Transfer: ME 401, 411 (same as AE 412), 412, 420, 502, 504, 520, 521, 522, 523

Manufacturing: ME 450, 451, 452, 453 455, 458, 541, 550, 554; AE 526

Materials: CHEM 524; ME 430, 431, 530, 531, 532, 533; MSE 455, 460, 480, 488; PHYS 460; TAM 424, 427, 428, 524, 534, 559; AE 525, 526

MEMS/NEMS: ME 485, 487, 523, 586

Solid Mechanics: ME 430, 472; TAM 445, 451, 456, 529, 545, 551, 552, 554, 555, 557, 559; AE 522, 523, 528, 529, 550, 559

Biomechanics: ME 481, 482, 483; TAM 461

Thermodynamics & Energy Conversion: ME 400 (this course will be counted for the Qualifying Examination for those who have taken the course during Spring 2017 or earlier), ME 401, ME 402, ME 404, ME 502, ME 512; CHEM 442, CHEM 524, CHEM 544; PHYS 427/MSE 500 (one or the other--students may not take both), PHYS 486, PHYS 487, PHYS 504

Coursework***

If a student is entering with a completed MS degree or plans to earn the MS on the way to the PhD, the coursework requirements are 20 hours of graduate-level coursework beyond the MS, to include: at least 8 hours of 500-level courses, an advanced 500-level math course taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus (which can be counted as  part of the required 8 hours of 500-level coursework).  The advanced math requirements may be satisfied by TAM 541, TAM 542, TAM 549, ECE 534, or any 500-level course offered by the Mathematics Department except for the following: MATH 596, MATH 597, MATH 598, and MATH 599.  At least 8 hours of “Enrichment” coursework (graduate level courses that do not strongly overlap with the student’s main research topic) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor, and at least 44 hours of dissertation credit (599) beyond the MS.  Additional courses beyond the 8 hours of 500-level courses may be ME or TAM graduate-level courses (400-500 level), or other engineering graduate-level technical courses chosen in consultation with advisor.  No more than 4 of the 20 hours may be ME or TAM 597, Independent Study.

If the PhD is pursued directly after the bachelor's degree, the coursework requirements are 44 hours of formal graded coursework to include 16 hours at the 500 level, 4 of which may be ME 597 Independent Study and may include the required 3-4 hours of 500-level math.  The math requirement may be satisfied by TAM 541, TAM 542, TAM 549, ECE 534, or any 500-level course offered by the Mathematics Department except for the following: MATH 596, MATH 597, MATH 598, and MATH 599. At least 8 hours of “Enrichment” coursework (graduate level courses that do not strongly overlap with the student’s main research topic) to be chosen in consultation with the advisor, and at least 52 hours of dissertation credit (599) beyond the MS.  Additional courses beyond the 16 hours of 500-level courses may be ME or TAM graduate-level courses (400-500 level), or other engineering graduate-level technical courses chosen in consultation with advisor.  

Preliminary and Final Examinations

Scheduled upon completion of coursework requirement or in the semester in which the final coursework is taken. To schedule your exam, please see this page on the Graduate College website: grad.illinois.edu/thesis/submitting-doctoral-committee-requests  

You should submit your exam request to the Graduate College at least 3 weeks prior to the approximate exam date. Once you have submitted your Graduate College exam request, a notice is sent to the MechSE Graduate Programs  Office to approve the request. Once the request is approved by the MechSE Graduate Programs Office, the Graduate College will send the student and the MechSE Graduate Programs Office notice that the exam has been approved. 

After the Graduate College has approved your exam and you have been notified of the approval via email, the MechSE Graduate Programs Office will direct you to complete the Departmental Preliminary Exam Request Form or Departmental Final Exam Request Form . These forms should be submitted online to the MechSE Graduate Programs Office at least one week prior to the exam. 

Preliminary Examination proposals should be 20 pages in length including introductory pages, figures, etc. It should include statement of proposed research, its objectives and significance; a brief review of previous work on related research; and a short discussion of tentative methods of analysis and/or experimentation. There are no specific format requirements for the proposal. 

Final Examination abstracts should be submitted as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman, size 12 font. The research summary should be one paragraph long, submitted as a Microsoft word document in size 11, Calibri font.

PROCESS FOR REPORTING EXAM RESULTS

The process for reporting Prelim and Final exam results is as follows:

The Committee Chair should email  [email protected] , cc’d to the committee members.  The email must include the following information:

  • For Preliminary Exams : 1) Date of the exam, 2) Result of the exam, 3) Names of committee members
  • For Final Exams : 1) Date of the exam, 2) Result of the exam, 3) Names of committee members, 4) How each committee member voted
  • For Thesis/Dissertation Approval Forms : 1) Approval of the document, 2) Names of committee members

The Graduate Programs Office will attach the result confirmation email to the PER/FER form, which should include the signature of the EO or DGS at the bottom. This departmental signature confirms the accuracy of the result, which aligns with our standard practice.

DOCTORAL EXAMINATION COMMITTEE REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate College policy requires this committee shall have a minimum of 4 voting members, 3 of whom must be University of Illinois Graduate Faculty (i.e. they have an appointment with the Graduate College as teaching faculty who instruct a graduate course or courses.   MechSE policy states at least 1 of the 4 voting members must not be from the department of the candidate.  Committee members from outside the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are welcome but would serve in addition to the 3 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign committee members.  If a member of the committee is non-UIUC faculty and will participate as a non-voting member, nothing additional is required.  If you desire a non-UIUC faculty member to serve as a voting committee member, a letter/email of justification from the advisor, stating what qualifies the person to be a voting member on the committee along with the person’s CV, must be attached to the exam request at the time of submission.
  • Three of the committee members must be listed as Graduate Faculty members and two must be tenured (Associate Professor or Professor).  The committee should include faculty members from more than one area of specialization.
  • The “Chair” must be a member of the Graduate Faculty from the candidate’s department and may also be the Director of Dissertation Research.  The chair is responsible for convening the committee, conducting the examination, and submitting the Certificate of Result to the department in which the student is enrolled.
  • A “Contingent Chair,” if designated, must be a member of the Graduate Faculty.  The Contingent Chair serves if the original chair is unable to serve for any reason.
  •  The Director of Dissertation Research is responsible for guiding/advising the student in their thesis research as part of an ongoing research project.  He/she may also discuss a tentative course of study or recommend a sequence of courses the student can take reflecting the interest of the student.
  • A Department Affiliate cannot serve as a “Chair” or a “Contingent Chair” of a Preliminary Examination or Final Examination Committee.  Only faculty members of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering may serve in that capacity.

SEMINAR REQUIREMENT

Continuous registration in ME 590 is required until completion of the preliminary exam unless the student will not attend the full semester the preliminary exam is administered. In this case, the student does not need to register in their final semester. Seminar credit cannot be counted toward coursework requirements.

Stage 3: Thesis and Final Examination

THESIS FOCUS

Thesis and Final Examination

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE

May be taken no sooner than six months after the preliminary examination.

FINAL EXAMINATION

Residency requirement: The University of Illinois requires that 64 hours must be from courses meeting on the Urbana-Champaign campus or at other locations approved by the Graduate College for resident credit. *A student entering with a MS degree is credited with 32 hours of coursework, leaving 64 hours to be completed at Illinois. **A maximum of 4 hours of ME 597 Independent study may be applied toward the 500-level coursework requirement. ***Coursework applied toward the degree must be approved by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs.

Continuous registration in ME 590 is required until completion of the preliminary exam. Seminar credit cannot be counted toward coursework requirements. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 seminars in the semester. The seminar schedule is e-mailed to students at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in a course that conflicts with ME 590 or TAM 500 still need to register for ME 590/TAM 500 and are required to attend alternate seminars.

To complete seminar registration with a conflict:

  • Request a registration override by contacting the Undergraduate Programs Office at  [email protected] . Include your name, UIN, and the course you are enrolled in that is in conflict with the seminar. Also, list the seminar course you will register for (ME 590 or TAM 500).
  • You will receive an email when the override is entered.
  • You must register for ME 590 after the override is entered.

To receive credit for alternate seminars:

Alternate seminars include TAM 539 Fluids Seminar Series (for students who are registered in TAM 539), any other MechSE seminars not listed as part of the MechSE Seminar Series, and other seminars in Engineering, Math, or Physics.

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Shantanu Thakar PhD in Mechanical Engineering

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best piece of advice I was given was to not take your career related defeats too seriously and most importantly not letting them affect your mental health. To get into detail, at the time when something you’re not happy with happens, it feels like a huge deal. But for the long term such things do not matter much. For example, if one doesn't get admission in their dream university, although it feels like a huge defeat at the time, after 10 years you won’t even remember much about it. Hence, it is necessary to not take any such defeat too seriously. Ofcourse, you should feel sad and strive to achieve better but it is very important to not let it affect your mental health. Things have a way of falling in place. For example, even if you do not get your dream university, you may end up getting a job better than most people at that university.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

For me the greatest accomplishment would be successfully completing my PhD from one of the top universities and receiving the Best Research Assistant award in the process. 

What's your favorite impulse purchase from the past 12 months?

It has to be the new Tesla that is yet to be delivered.

Please describe a little about your research and what excites you about it

My research is in the area of AI and machine learning for motion planning for complex robots like robotic arms, or robotic arms mounted on mobile robots or multiple robotic arms moving together for performing several tasks. Making sure that such complex robots move safely and successfully  is extremely challenging. Coming up with novel solutions for solving such challenging problems for different applications is what excites me. However, the thing that excites me most is actually seeing robots move and perform interesting tasks like disinfection, grasping, transportation of objects, to name a few. It is highly satisfying to see that my research can benefit making life easier and safer for people. 

If you could choose any other profession outside of engineering or computer science, what would it be? 

It has to be one of astronomer or a soccer player

What are some factors that helped you decide to pursue your PhD at USC?

The two most important factors for me were my advisor, Prof. Satyandra K. Gupta and the excellent infrastructure and facilities for robotics at USC. Prof. Gupta’s research was exactly what I was interested in and looking to get into. Moreover, he is an excellent advisor who gives you a lot of freedom to express yourself, but also makes sure you are moving towards the goal. He makes sure his students work on problems that are relevant for the industry. The facilities at the center for advanced manufacturing, where he’s the director at, are state-of-the-art. I have not seen so many varieties of robots and 3D printers anywhere else. 

If you were to recommend to an incoming student 3 places to go in California/Los Angeles, what would they be?

It is really difficult to recommend just 3 places in Southern California, let alone in the entire California. Let me stick to SoCal. The first place I recommend is one of my favorite national parks, Channel Island National park, off the coast of Ventura. Not only are the islands extremely beautiful with blue waters and rich marine life for snorkelling and scuba diving, but also, on the way there, you will get to see dolphins, seals and if you’re lucky whales. It’s a must visit! The second is my favorite beach in LA, Hermosa Beach. It is a small city of its own with amazing restaurants. The sunset from Hermosa beach is one of the prettiest I have seen. The third place would be my absolute favorite ice cream place near Westwood, Saffron & Rose. The Persian ice cream they serve is one of the best ice creams I have ever had. 

What is a memory you'll cherish about your time at USC?

Some of the memories I’ll cherish the most are working late at night at the lab chasing a deadline, after which, our entire lab would go to the diner close by for late night food and beer. Apart from this, I miss playing soccer at the Brittingham field till late at night.  

What's one thing about you that might surprise me?

I could solve the Rubik’s cube in less than 30 seconds 

What are your plans after graduation?

I have joined Amazon as a Research Scientist in Robotics.

Hometown (city, country):

Pune, India

Personal Website (if any):

shantanuthakar.github.io

Faculty Advisor:

Prof. Satyandra K. Gupta

Yeo Jung Yoon PhD in Mechanical Engineering

“Be positive!” 

Whenever I face a challenge in my graduate studies, I try to have a positive and fresh mindset. Positive thoughts help me a lot to overcome various hardships. I believe the way I think really affects the way I react.

In my first year of my PhD, My colleagues and I won the best paper award for robotic 3D printing research at ASME IDETC-CIE conference. We worked hard for the project and it felt really great to see our hard work finally pay off.

Recently, I found a cool home-décor shop in K-town and bought a bunch of home décor items. My room is now more fun and interesting with cute planters, various candles, a huge wall clock and artistic tissue box.

My research is about developing robot learning algorithms for various manufacturing applications. I have been fascinated by the fields of robotics and Artificial Intelligence since I was an undergraduate student. I love the idea that my research problems are at the intersection of both fields!   

Travel writer! I love to travel, eat local food, and experience local cultures. It would be interesting to travel to other countries and write about interesting episodes.

Great resources for research, well-organized graduate program, and the location. I visited USC campus and my lab before coming to USC. I was amazed by the wonderful support that USC can offer to prospective graduate students and decided to pursue my PhD here. 

The Getty Center is a place where you can see lots of art and walk beautiful gardens. I also recommend visiting Griffith Observatory. It is especially beautiful during sunset times, and a great place for hiking. Also, if you want to feel the ocean breeze, I recommend going to the beaches in Malibu.

The time I have spent with my friends and colleagues. We studied and hung out together, discussed various topics, and helped each other. My graduate life is wonderful because of them! 

I have been a devoted yoga practitioner for the past 7 years. I love to do beach yoga and hot yoga. It helps me to release stress and clear my mind. 

I plan to pursue a career in academia. I love being in academia because I can work on the problems that I feel most interested in. I also like to work and communicate with scholars and students who have the same research interest as me. They are inspirational!  

I grew up in Seoul, South Korea

Satyandra K. Gupta (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department)

James Croughan PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Fail often but safely. Often the fastest way to learn and master something is to learn every way of not doing it, either by trying it yourself or watching others attempt it. That being said, you need to make sure each failure does not result in harm to yourself or others. So long as that is possible, the fastest path to success is to fail constantly and creatively.

In high school I struggled with maintaining enough body weight, and had several health issues related to that. At the time I was about six feet tall and weighed 130 pounds, and my doctor told me I needed to put on at least 30 pounds of muscle to be healthy, but the more I put on, the healthier I would be. I very much took that to heart and have been getting stronger ever since. It has been 13 years since I started daily weightlifting and monitoring my diet, and I have now put on nearly 70 pounds of muscle and am the healthiest I have ever been.

Blackout curtains. I saw them at Target and decided to try them out, and instantly started sleeping much better. I had no idea how sensitive to light I was until I experienced sleeping in a genuinely dark room. I probably get an extra 2 hours of sleep now, simply because the light isn’t waking me up too early.

Please describe a little about your research and what excites you about it.

I am an experimentalist who works on very high-performance wings in the Dryden Wind Tunnel. I have built several wings designed to invalidate many of the assumptions used in traditional wing aerodynamics, with a goal of explaining how and why these models must change when key assumptions are false. The two most exciting parts of this are the implications and how my analysis process works. My research clearly shows that many of the design rules currently used in wing design only apply to a small range of wing designs. If you go outside of these traditional designs, much higher performance wings are possible than what traditional aerodynamics would predict. How I determine this is also very exciting. All of my wings were designed to cover a broad range of possible outcomes without knowing the exact math that might predict those outcomes, making an accurate prediction of the results impossible beyond basic intuition. As such, I really didn’t know what to expect when I first started seeing my results. When they finally came in, they far exceeded my expectations, which is awesome.

Lawyer. I love debating anything and everything and am very extroverted and analytical, so trial lawyer or something like that would make sense and be fun.

I wanted to pursue bigger and crazier projects than what I had been doing previously, and I knew I needed a stronger educational background to be qualified to do that. USC and Dr. Uranga were the only school and advisor combination I looked at that offered a specialization in system, experimental, or mechanical design, in combination with a specialization in a more traditional engineering area. Additionally, I am from the LA area, and have absolutely zero desire to leave and have been a fan of USC for a long time, so that made it a very easy choice.

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  • Climb Mt. Baldy or Mt. San Jacinto.
  • Take a long walk on the beach in Malibu around sunset.

All the trips to all-you-can-eat sushi and Korean bbq with lab-mates and classmates. Lots and lots of good food and good times.

I travel a ton but have a rather short list of places I have been. I am on a round trip plane flight about every 50 days on average, yet have somehow never been to New York, for example.

I am in the pure writing stage of my thesis work, and have already started working full-time for an aerospace company as I finish that up. I was previously a consultant for Rhoman Aerospace, and became VP of Engineering and Controls in July.

Claremont, California, USA

Dr. Alejandra Uranga

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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Graduate students in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) work in close collaboration with world-renowned faculty on state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research programs. The low faculty-to-student ratio provides a close-knit scholarly community while an active Graduate Student Committee provides peer mentorship and support. The graduate curricula are uncommonly flexible whereby the students can define the academic path that best suits their professional goals. 

Learn more about our faculty, research, and student projects at the departmental website: http://mems.duke.edu/

Concentrations/Research Specialties

PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Dynamics, Controls & Robotics
  • Materials Science & Biomaterials
  • Mechanics, Design & Computing
  • Thermal Fluids & Energy
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Application Information

Application Terms Available:  Spring, Fall

Application Deadlines:  Spring: October 2; Fall: December 14

Graduate School Application Requirements See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required (See department guidance below)
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Statement of Purpose

Write a statement (single-spaced, 12-point font) addressing the questions below.

1.    Please describe your past research experience at your college/university, REU, or relevant industry experience (500 words max). What questions were you working to address? What experimental, computational, or theoretical skills did you learn? 

2.    For any grades lower than a B, please explain the circumstances of this grade and any steps you took to make sure you learned the material (50 words max).

3.    Why are you interested in pursuing a PhD? And why at Duke? Which faculty members and research areas are you interested in and why? (200 words max)

4.    Earning a PhD is a challenging and intense experience. Please share a past experience where you have had to overcome challenges and how you addressed the challenges (200 words max).

5.    (Optional) Duke MEMS is a welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff. How will you contribute to this community (100 words max)? Possible examples include past leadership roles in student groups, volunteer work, demonstrated ability to work with teams, teaching and tutoring experience, etc.

6.    (Optional) Please describe your current career goals (100 words max). Duke MEMS prides itself in the success of our PhD students in industry and academia. Many students do internships in industry or national labs during their PhD. In addition, the new Thomas Lord Engineering in Service to Society Fellowship provides funding for PhD internships in government, policy, and non-profits.   

Writing Sample None required

Additional Components Masters: Providing a recorded video response is required. The video recording platform is available within the online application.

PhD: Providing a recorded video response is optional. For international students, completion of a video can potentially negate the need for a live language interview later on in the application process. If you choose to include a video, the video recording platform is available within the online application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying:  Departmental Application Guidance (PhD)

List of Graduate School Programs and Degrees

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Department of mechanical engineering, welcome to the howard university department of mechanical engineering, howard university engineering professor awarded $900k ed grant for integrating leadership education in stem programs.

Howard University mechanical engineering professor Mohsen Mosleh, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $900K grant by the U.S. Department of Education for the Integrating Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) into Minority STEM Education program. The I-LEAD program will span over the course of three years.

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Howard University Mechanical Engineering Alumna Aprille J. Ericsson Nominated to Be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology

Howard University mechanical engineering alumna Aprille J. Ericsson (MEng ‘90; Ph.D. ‘95) has been nominated by United States President Joseph Biden to serve as the assistant secretary of defense for science and technology.

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Howard University ASME Chapter Receives 2023 Student Section Achievement Award

The Howard University student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (HU ASME) recently received the ASME Student Section Achievement Award for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graduate Programs

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and oldest engineering disciplines.  Mechanical engineers use the principles of energy, materials, and mechanics to design, analyze, optimize and manufacture machines and devices of all types and scales.  They create the processes and systems that drive technology and industry.  Aerospace engineering is a highly specialized, yet widely diverse field.  Aerospace engineers develop innovations and technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration.

Our Graduate Programs

Ph.d. in mechanical & aerospace engineering.

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree requiring independent research as reported in a final defense.

M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The master of science is a research degree requiring independent research as reported in a final thesis.

M.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The master of engineering degree is a course-based degree with no research requirement. In addition to the residential M.E. degree, there is an online learning option available for the M.E. degree through Virginia Engineering Online (VEO) . 

Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Physical Systems

The graduate certificate in cyber-physical systems (CPS) is designed to recognize the acquisition of CPS knowledge and skills through the completion of targeted courses.

Resources for Current Students

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Explore our resources for graduate students, including professional development support and ways to get involved at UVA Engineering.

Academic Planning

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"UVA Engineering's rigorous curriculum, coupled with my experience as an undergraduate research assistant, convinced me to enroll as a graduate student."

Multi-disciplinary Approach

Flexibility exists within our curriculum for multi-disciplinary research and a significant number of courses can be taken outside of MAE. The curriculum is designed to accommodate non-traditional students with undergraduate degrees in other scientific or engineering fields.  It is expected that all applicants will have completed a calculus-based physics course and college mathematics through differential equations.

Research in the solid mechanics area includes studies in: collision/injury mechanics, complex nonlinear simulation restraint optimization, morphing structures, polymer electromechanical devices (PEMs), mechanics of soft materials, neuromuscular biomechanics, movement disorders, musculoskeletal modeling and simulation. Research in dynamical systems and control covers a wide range of problems of practical interest including vibration control, rotor dynamics, magnetic bearings, mechatronics, fluid control, and the use of periodicity to enhance the achievable performance of controlled systems. Research in thermofluids includes topics from micro-scale and non-Fourier heat transfer, combustion (including supersonic), reduced-order chemical kinetics, thermoacoustics, aerogels, low-speed unsteady aerodynamic flows, atmospheric re-entry flows, supersonic mixing, flows in liquid centrifuges, flow in centrifugal pumps, turbomachinery flows, hydrodynamic stability, multi free-surface flows, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, flow/structure interactions, and free and forced convection. More about MAE research .

The department’s mechanical and aerospace research facilities include a rotating machinery and controls laboratory; several subsonic wind tunnel laboratories; a supersonic combustion laboratory; a supersonic wind tunnel laboratory; the center for applied biomechanics; the bio-inspired engineering and research lab, the aerospace research lab; a nano-scale mechanics and materials characterization laboratory; a bio thermofluids laboratory; a nano-scale energy transfer laboratory; a control systems laboratory; and an aerogel laboratory.  Several of these laboratories are unique among all universities in the world. More about MAE facilites .

Graduate Program Contacts

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The Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department graduate program is based on the same philosophy as our undergraduate program: hands-on education, classes and laboratories taught by faculty, and an emphasis on best teaching practices. Our program prepares students to be able to design and develop advanced systems, to conduct research, and to perform detailed analyses for future work in industry or to continue study towards a doctoral degree. Students can pursue an area of emphasis based on their interest such as thermal fluids, controls and robotics, mechanics and stress analysis, or composite materials.

Two degree programs are available:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Blended Bachelor and Master of Science (BMS) in Mechanical Engineering for continuing Cal Poly ME or AERO Department students  where up to 8 units of undergraduate technical elective classes (typically 2 courses)  may be used to meet part of the required MS degree units

Students can choose between either (1) the  thesis option  with 36 units of classes (typically 9 courses) and 9 units of thesis or (2) the  all course option  with a minimum of 45 units of classes (typically 12 courses) and a final comprehensive exam. More detailed information about these options is available under the link for Current Students in the Graduate Program above.

Admission Requirements

Admission to our program as a  classified graduate student  requires a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (with some exceptions possible). An applicant from a closely related major (such as applied physics or aerospace engineering) may be accepted as a  conditionally classified graduate student  if they are able to complete an adequate number of prerequisite classes to successfully fulfill the degree requirements (see item below).

  • Admission is granted for the fall quarter only. The deadline for applications for the Fall 2024 quarter is January 4, 2024. All required documents must be present by this date.
  • An application (that includes unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation under Program Material-Evaluations, and a statement of purpose) is submitted electronically using Cal State Apply available at  calstate.edu/apply .
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where work was attempted must be submitted directly to the Cal Poly Admission office. Transcripts can be submitted either using a certified electronic transcript provider to  [email protected]  or by direct mail to the following address: Cal Poly Admissions Office, San Luis Obispo, 93407-0031
  • Please note that the University does not grant deferred admission, so if you decide not to come you will have to re-apply for the next fall term.
  • Applications are due on the Monday at the beginning of the 2 nd week of classes for the Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters (see details below to consider which quarter to apply). All required documents must be present by this date. Thus, applicants should submit their part of the application at least one week early to give your references adequate time to complete their part of the form.
  • An application (that includes three references and a statement of purpose) is submitted electronically using an ONLINE APPLICATION . Enter email addresses for yourself and your three references to initiate the process. An email is then sent to you with a link that allows you to fill out the application. Once you submit your part of the application, an email is then sent to each of your references that allows them to complete their recommendation form.

More details regarding the application process are available from the  Admissions Department  website,  Graduate Education Department Catalog  page,  Graduate Education Department  website.

Applicants without a BS in Mechanical Engineering

A maximum of 12 units of remedial classes (needed to meet prerequisite requirements) can be taken at Cal Poly by conditionally classified graduate students. Therefore, if you are missing more than 12 units of undergraduate classes, you will need to take those classes at a community college or another institution. The ME Department does not have a set list of minimum required classes. The expectation is that you will work with the ME Department graduate coordinator to determine which classes you will need to take in order to progress through the graduate classes of your formal study plan. If your degree is not in a closely-related field, you will probably need to obtain a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering before enrolling in the MS degree program because it is very difficult to take advanced classes without the knowledge of the fundamentals learned in undergraduate classes. Taking undergraduate classes before applying does not guarantee admission.

Degree Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to develop an analytical, experimental, and/or computational research program to investigate and formulate solutions for an advanced engineering problem.
  • An ability to investigate, understand, and build upon the work of previous researchers.
  • An ability to communicate engineering work effectively in oral presentations and technical publications.
  • You are required to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the courses that are to be counted towards your graduate degree. More details regarding Cal Poly graduate degree requirements are available from the  Graduate Education Department Catalog page for degree requirements, the Graduate Education Department  website, or the  MS in Mechanical Engineering Catalog  page.

Blended (or BMS) Degree Program Details

As noted above, the main difference for the blended degree program is the reduced unit requirement, where up to 8 units of 400-level or 500-level ME  Approved Technical Electives  may be applied towards your required MS degree units. In addition, the undergraduate BS degree is not awarded until requirements for both the BS and MS are satisfied, thus both degrees are conferred simultaneously. The only other differences between the two programs are the application process and financial aid.

To apply to the BMS program, you should have completed approximately 180 of the units needed to satisfy your BS in ME degree requirements. Thus, for most applicants there will be 2 to 3 different quarters when they are eligible to apply. However, there cannot be a gap quarter between completing your BS degree requirements and starting the graduate program (unless you request a leave of absence). Thus, your enrollment at Cal Poly must be continuous.

After being accepted into the BMS program, the California State University (CSU) system requires you to submit the following forms: (1)  Blended Programs Application Approval Form  and (2)  Post Baccalaureate Change of Objective  form that switches your degree goal from a BS degree to a MS degree for the quarter specified on the form.

To submit these forms you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed 91% of your degree applicable units. For ME students this is approximately 180 units (depending on your concentration and catalog).
  • Satisfied the  Graduate Writing Requirement (GWR).

For your status to be changed for a given quarter, you must submit these forms by the 4 th  week of the previous quarter (please refer to the  Graduate Education Department  for the exact date). You may change your objective back to a BS degree at any time if you change your mind.

After these forms have been submitted and processed, your status changes to graduate student for the quarter indicated on the form with its new fee requirement, changes in financial aid, and priority registration. Finally, note that you must enroll in at least one graduate level class during the first quarter you are registered as a graduate student and be registered as a full-time graduate student (which is 8 units) for at least two quarters. 

More details regarding the blended program are available on the  Graduate Education Department  website.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Dr. Kim A. Shollenberger,  Graduate Coordinator

Mechanical Engineering Department Building 13, Room 251 Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0358 [email protected] (805) 756-1379

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ABOUT @ MIT MECHE

We like to have fun.

Our passion for pushing boundaries and developing creative solutions to the world’s problems has led to a remarkable number of discoveries along the way – and a lot of fun too.

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  • Who Are We?

Our Mission

Our education, our research.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering – MechE – embodies the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s motto mens et manus, “mind and hand,” as well as “heart” by combining analysis and hands-on discovery with a commitment to making the world a better place. We train the next generation of mechanical engineers to develop creative products and solutions. By leveraging our strengths, we aspire to solve some of the grand challenges facing our world.

  • MIT MechE was ranked the number one mechanical engineering program for our graduate and undergraduate program in 2022 by US News & World Report.
  • Our faculty are world renowned experts in their field and have been awarded some of the highest honors in engineering. Meet Our Faculty
  • Our researchers are responsible for some of the biggest research breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st century – from the first artificial skin to 3D printing and the robotic cheetah. Learn About Our History

Who are we?

What’s so unique about the MIT MechE spirit? Hear it straight from our students and faculty in this short video.

Life at MIT Mechanical Engineering

We educate future leaders in mechanical engineering that can model, design, innovate, and solve grand challenge problems facing our society. Our students and faculty advance science and technology by discovering solutions, designing products, and engineering workflows that help make our world a better place.

We encourage students to think outside the box, helping foster an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that permeates our classrooms and laboratories.

As our department looks to educate engineers who are equipped to solve the problems of the 21st century, we are creating an educational experience that is:

Comprehensive We ensure our students have a solid foundation in the core principles of mechanical engineering. By designing a broad, deep, and creative educational experience, we hope to create “renaissance mechanical engineers” who have comprehensive knowledge of the field.

Hands-On We combine in-depth analysis with hands-on experience, giving students an understanding and agility that can only occur through creation. Students have access to cutting-edge tools, machinery, and software, affording them with opportunities to make discoveries, derive theories and methods, and design new products.

Career-Focused Through career advising, networking, access to industry partners, and programs like the MechE Alliance, we prepare our students for the next decade of their life and give them the confidence they need to pursue their goals — whether that’s working as an engineer, founding a company, or pursuing another degree.

Flexible Our undergraduate and graduate programs give students the flexibility to pursue their passion while honing fundamental problem-solving skills. Undergraduates can choose between traditional or custom degrees. Graduate students have a wealth of options including a joint program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, our 2N Graduate Program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and our dual degree with the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program in MIT Sloan School of Management.

We conduct cutting-edge research at the new frontiers of mechanical engineering. Faculty often specialize in more than one discipline, ensuring a fluidity of research that promotes cross-disciplinary discovery.

Design + Manufacturing

Controls, Instrumentation + Robotics

Energy Science + Engineering

Ocean Science + Engineering

Bioengineering

Micro + Nano Engineering

MechE has a culture of curiosity that combines a rigorous education with hands-on experience. Our passion for pushing boundaries and developing creative solutions to the world’s problems has led to a remarkable number of discoveries along the way – and a lot of fun too.

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At MechE, We Celebrate Diversity

Our success in both teaching and research is greatly enhanced by cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. inclusion of and mutual respect for each member of our community invigorate and sustain every aspect of our mission..

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Preparatory course (pre-university programme).

  • Duration of study: March 2024 – July 2025.
  • Holidays: July – August 2024.
  • Start date: 1 March – 30 March 2024.
  • Exams: June 2025.
  • Tuition: $8900.
  • The level of Russian: Beginner.
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  • Start date: September – October.
  • Tuition: $7000.
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VISE Spring Seminar Yuxiao Zhou, PhD, 4.4.24

Posted by Michelle Bukowski on Monday, March 11, 2024 in News .

Yuziao Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University

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Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024 Time:  11:45 a.m. Lunch, 12:00 p.m. start Location:  Stevenson 5326

Title: Imaging-based orthopaedic surgery planning and multi-scale bone biomechanics Abstract: Bone is a living tissue that senses and responds to external mechanical stimuli by adjusting its mass and geometry via bone remodeling. Mechanical stimuli on bone outside physiological window causes bone loss due to bone disuse or overuse. Maintaining a biomechanical environment favoring bone formation at surgical site is critical to the post-surgical bone-implant integration and long-term success of orthopaedic surgeries. However, measuring the biomechanical environment in bone at surgical sites is challenging due to the nonhomogeneous structure and the opaque property of bone. Using imaging-based mechanical test method, we were able to experimentally measure the 3D full-field biomechanics in bone after orthopaedic surgeries. Orthopaedic surgeries are often performed to fix or prevent fractures in diseased bones, such as bone with osteoporosis and metastasis. Understanding the pathological fracture mechanism of diseased bone helps establish a more precise description of bone biomechanics. We adopt multi-scale mechanical characterization methods to correlate pathological changes in collagen/mineral phases with tissue-scale fragility. The imaging-based mechanical tests and multi-scale biomechanical characterization together pave way for the development of a precise orthopaedic surgery planning procedure, which has a great potential to facilitate post-surgical bone healing and improve the long-term performance of orthopaedic implants.

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The College of Engineering offers majors in six departments, as well as four additional majors and nine minors. Students can also explore opportunities to integrate their degree program with courses in arts and design, pursue a fifth-year master’s degree in engineering, or earn a fifth-year Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.

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If you are interested in pursuing a minor, you must contact the specific department, as their application and enrollment process may differ. Undergraduate engineering students can complete an interdisciplinary designated minor. A student is free, but not required, to pursue a designated minor from the following list. Learn more about the following minors in the course catalog .

Engineering minors for non-engineering students:

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The College of Engineering and the  College of Fine Arts  have joined forces to provide students with an opportunity to combine their engineering studies with creative arts education through two options. Students can pursue an additional major alongside their primary engineering major, or they may opt for a bachelor's degree in Engineering Studies and Arts, a unique intercollege program that includes coursework from both colleges.

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The IDeATe concentrations and minors connect students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences. As a student at Carnegie Mellon, you will have the opportunity to integrate into your degree a concentration or minor in eight creative industry areas: Game Design, Animation and Special Effects, Media Design, Learning Media, Sound Design, Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries, Intelligent Environments, Physical Computing.

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The Integrated Master’s/Bachelor’s (IMB) program allows students who excel academically to achieve both a bachelor's and master’s degree in any of the major programs without needing to apply separately. The primary purpose of the IMB program is to provide students with superior breadth and depth in technical material, which will better prepare them for careers in industry. Experience has shown that students complete the IMB program in eight to ten full academic semesters after enrolling at CMU.

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Engineering design, innovation, and entrepreneurship

First-year students are ready to to pursue a new additional major in Engineering Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Junior Projects course worked with a team of local professionals to develop plans to transform the four-block span of Craig Street between Fifth and Forbes Avenues into a great college town street.

Integrating the built, natural, and information environments

Conrad Tucker named new director of CMU-Africa

Conrad Tucker has been named the next director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa. In his new role, Tucker will also serve as the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for International Programs in Africa.

Artificial Intelligence

Chop, chop: Improving food prep with the power of AI

Researchers at CMU combined two vision foundational models—models trained on large visual data sets—to help a robot arm recognize the shape and the type of fruit and vegetable slices.

Energy & Environment

Dowd Fellowship encourages ambitious student research

Four Ph.D. students in the College of Engineering have received funding to pursue research on valuable, relatively unexplored topics.

CMU celebrates Alan Magee Scaife Hall grand opening

The Alan Magee Scaife Hall and Gordon E. Moore Engineering Quad bring energy and vibrancy to the heart of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.

Scaife Hall to transform research and education at CMU

Carnegie Mellon hosts grand opening of reimagined Scaife Hall.

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering used fossil evidence to engineer a soft robotic replica of pleurocystitids, a marine organism that existed nearly 450 million years ago and is believed to be one of the first echinoderms capable of movement using a muscular stem.

450-million-year-old organism finds new life in Softbotics

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Curing cancer is not enough

Colette Bilynsky pursues both cancer research and health policy to ensure that potential cures are affordable and accessible to all.

Liquid crystals and the hunt for defects

Civil and environmental engineering researchers are creating tools to help unlock the secrets of liquid crystals.

A new course for prosthetics care

Between his studies, a teaching opportunity, and nonprofit work, mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Jonathan Shulgach looks to reimagine the experience of receiving medical care by bringing patients closer to the process.

Advanced Manufacturing

Industrial robots building with Lego® bricks at Mill 19

New testbed at Mill 19, that will test and advance robotic assembly and disassembly using Lego® bricks, will also be used to study other robotic functions in manufacturing.

A group of Engineering and Public Policy graduate students took home the award for Best Presentation on behalf of the NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition.

CMU team wins Best Presentation Award at NASA competition

Mindfulness may help engineering students’ experiences with stress

Chris McComb and collaborators at Penn State, found that mindfulness based interventions (MBI) had an impact on students in an introductory engineering design course.

Relationships are key to the research and the researchers

Zeynep Ozkaya’s work in Jana Kainerstorfer’s biophotonicslab has helped her to better understand the signal processing principles she is learning in her electrical engineering courses.

So tricky, a robot can do it

Carnegie Mellon Researchers have taken inspiration from geckos to create a material that adheres to wet and dry surfaces, even on an incline.

Small particles research reveals benefits of interaction

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Mechanical Designer (EN-MME-EDS-2024-24-GRAE)

CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research

Job Information

Offer description.

Your responsibilities

Are you a mechanical engineer looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career? If so, joining CERN's graduate program may very well give you that challenge.

The mandate of the  MME group  is to provide to the CERN community specific engineering solutions combining mechanical design, fabrication and material sciences. Historically the group maintains and develops the know-how on the mechanical construction of beam accelerator components and physics detectors. MME involves a large spectrum of highly specialized activities, including on-site facilities and sub-contracting: CAD design, advanced calculations, high precision CNC machining, sheet metal forming, welding and vacuum brazing, dynamic and static measurements, micrometric 3D metrology, metallurgical analysis, destructive and non-destructive material testing.

The Design Office is in charge of mechanical design of components required for CERN's accelerator and detectors, comprising many high tech. equipment such as superconducting magnets and cavities, vacuum systems and instrumentation. This involves studies and developments of new products from conceptual ideas to fully detailed engineered solutions using parametric 3D modelling and 2D drafting, structural, thermal, fluid-dynamic, shock and vibration analyses. These activities are carried out relying on a large range of CAD and CAE tools, mainly Dassault Systems, CATIA v5, SmarTeam, Ansys Multiphysics and Workbench.

  • You will use the CATIA V5 to produce 3D models and 2D construction drawings of components for accelerators and detectors.
  • Carry out mechanical dimensioning of components using analytical or numerical methods.
  • Design components and propose solutions for different mechanical problems.
  • Prepare 3D models and 2D drawings. Use the ISO GPS norms for dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Procure components and follow the construction of the elements you have designed.

Requirements

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Design in Mechanical engineering field CAD 3D and 2D ISO GPS norms for dimensioning and tolerancing Team work
  • Fluent in English, the ability to work in French would be an advantage.

Additional Information

Job closing date:  14.04.2024 at 23:59 CET.

Job reference: EN-MME-EDS-2024-24-GRAE

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-June-2024

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between  5119 and 5631 Swiss Francs (net of tax) .
  • Coverage by CERN's comprehensive  health scheme  (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN  Pension Fund .
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year .
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a  CERN Member or Associate Member State .
  • By the application deadline,  you have a  maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation  in Mechanical Engineering (or a related field)  and  your highest educational qualification is either a Bachelor's or Master's degree .
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.
  • Applicants without University degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

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