The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers students the opportunity to complete a Ph.D. with emphases in the following areas of research:
Renewable & alternative energy
Computational & analytical fluid dynamics
Dynamic systems & controls
Thin film photovoltaics
PEM fuel cell
Thermal & fluid engineering
The department’s research facilities include a Composites Laboratory equipped with scanning electron microscope (SEM) coupled with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy system, Flow Visualization Laboratory equipped with a subsonic wind tunnel, Nanotechnology Laboratory, Data Acquisition Laboratory and Controls Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory. Research support is provided through grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, NASA, Department of Energy, Naval Air Systems Command, Department of Environmental Protection, the Ben Franklin Institute and Nanotechnology Institute.
The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 semester hours of Ph.D.-level didactic coursework, and 15 semester hours associated with Ph.D. examinations and dissertation research.
Because the Ph.D. in an individual program students will meet with the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator in the first semester to discuss the “Plan of Study,” which outlines all required courses and the program-requirement sequence.
Preliminary Exam: Students who matriculate into the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering are required to take the preliminary exam before the end of their third semester. This exam evaluates the breadth of knowledge in Mechanical Engineering and consists of an oral exam with a supporting written document.
Dissertation Proposal: Within one year of passing the preliminary exam, students must develop a written research proposal and present it at an open college seminar. Students are considered doctoral candidates after the dissertation proposal has been approved.
Dissertation:The Ph.D. program culminates with the dissertation and dissertation defense. The defense is an open university seminar in which students present the concept and results of their research, followed by examination from the Dissertation Committee.
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