The goal of the graduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels is to educate students in the disciplines of mechanical engineering in more depth and breadth than is possible at the B.S. level. This preparation allows the graduate to use contemporary methods at advanced levels in professional careers in engineering design, development, teaching, and research. Each student's plan of study is based on his or her background and career objectives, as well as on sound academic practice. Departmental faculty members have teaching and research expertise in energy conversion, fluid and thermal sciences, solid mechanics, mechanical systems, and related areas.