Mechanical Engineering

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $29,500; professional degree: $47,050

Application deadlines

Ph.D: Fall, Dec. 15; no spring admissions. M.Eng: Fall, Feb. 1; Spring, Oct. 15

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • M.Eng.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D., M.Eng.)

Major concentrations

  • biomedical mechanics
  • dynamics and control
  • energy and sustainability
  • fluid dynamics
  • micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • solid mechanics and materials
  • thermal science

The program emphasizes basic mechanical sciences to prepare students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development. The faculty is particularly strong and active in biomechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, turbulence, combustion, thermal systems engineering, multiphase flows, energy and power systems, transport processes in microgravity, mechanical systems and design, control and robotics, dynamics and control of space structures, mechanics of materials and materials processing, materials microgravity sciences and computational mechanics.

The Ph.D. programs provide advanced levels of training suitable for students pursuing careers in research and development, education, or advanced engineering analysis and design. The field does not admit students into an M.S.-only degree program; applicants may apply for the Ph.D. program directly from a bachelor's degree. Doctoral degree candidates must take a qualifying examination in addition to the examinations required by the Graduate School. Teaching experience for two semesters, normally satisfied by a teaching assistantship, is required of Ph.D. students.

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Mechanical) provides a one-year course of study for those who want to develop a high level of competence in current technology and engineering design and who plan to practice engineering in industry or professionally. The program has a thirty-credit curriculum and requires an engineering design project.

Biomechanical engineering: Analysis and design of biomechanical systems for orthopedic surgery; development of computer-aided design and analysis techniques for bone-implant systems; skeletal adaptation and bone structural behavior; mechanics and dynamics of human and animal motion and coordination.

Combustion: Combustion processes for practical energy-conversion devices; computational techniques for turbulent combustion; incineration of municipal and hazardous waste; combustion in a microgravity environment; computer simulations of rapid granular flows; models of pneumatic transport; laser imaging studies of turbulent combustion; development and application of laser tomography for combustion measurements.

Energy and power systems: Combustion and transport processes in gas turbine combustors.

Fluid mechanics: Theoretical and experimental studies of turbulence with applications to industrial, meteorological and oceanographic flows; construction of consistent turbulence models; experimental studies of transition to turbulence and three dimensionalities in wakes, shear flows, and boundary layers; linear and nonlinear wave propagation and stability studies of vortex flows; experimental investigations of vortex structure; vortex-induced vibration; fundamental vortex interactions; wing vortex wake dynamics; splash dynamics of droplets on surfaces.

Heat transfer: Experiments in critical heat flux and boiling instability; heat transfer in electronic components; radiosity for realistic images in computer graphics; transport phenomena in materials processing; inverse heat transfer problems; computational design and control of thermal systems and processes.

Materials processing and precision engineering: Experiments and modeling of microstructure and damage evolution in metals; modeling, optimal design and robust control of deformation, solidification and crystal growth processes; computational mechanics.

Mechanical systems and design: Spatial and dynamical modeling and the use of models in analysis, design, and control; magnetic bearings; application of nonlinear dynamics and chaos to mechanical systems; guidance, estimation, and trajectory optimization; multi-variable robust control; dimensional tolerances and metrology; metatheories for design; design analysis of fluid film bearings; tribology.

Multiphase flows: Experimental circulating fluidization; impact of particles on other particles or solid boundaries; scale-up and heat transfer in fluidized beds; development of instrumentation for gas-solid suspensions; granular flows down inclines; theories and numerical simulations of collisional granular materials; microgravity experiments on the flow, heat transfer and segregation of collisional granular materials and gas-solid suspensions; development of instrumentation for the snow pack and snow avalanches; suspension theories; rheology of polymer melts; two-phase boiling.

Application:
Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or the physical sciences. All applicants must submit GRE general test scores. Submission of GRE subject test scores in engineering, mathematics, or physics is strongly recommended. Admission is offered only for the fall semester, except in unusual cases. A field brochure is available on request from the graduate field office.

C. Thomas Avedisian -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; thermal science; Research interests: heat transfer; fluid mechanics; combustion
Shefford Baker -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: mechanical behavior of materials for structural, nano-scale, and biological applications
Sunil Bhave -- Concentrations: micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: MEMS
Lawrence Bonassar -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: generation and characterization of muscoloskeletal tissues; mechanical regulation of cartilage
Jonathan Butcher -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; dynamics and control; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: bimechanics; tissue engineering; biomaterials
Mark Campbell -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: space systems; estimation and control; autonomy in aerospace systems; controlled structures
David Caughey -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; Research interests: fluid dynamics; computational fluid mechanics; transonic flow; computational aerodynamics
Lance Collins -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: turbulence physics; combustion; aerosol coagulation and breakup dynamics; polymer drag reduction
Edwin Cowen -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; Research interests: environmental fluid mechanics
Harold Craighead -- Concentrations: micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: studies of microfluidics and micro/nanomechanical systems
Paul Dawson -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; Research interests: material processing; plasticity; micromechanics; computational mechanics
Olivier Desjardins -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics
Peter Diamessis -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; Research interests: environmental fluid mechanics; numerical simulation of stratified flows; modeling turbulence; interaction of hydrodynamics and biology in natural ecosystems
Eve Donnelly -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: microstructure-property relationships in bone and tendon; disease and treatment; induced changes in the properties of bone mineral and collagen; connections between fundamental properties and clinical impact
David Erickson -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: micro/nanofluidics; optical fluidics; labs-on-a-chip; nanoscale integration; single nuckotide polymorphisms
Elizabeth Fisher -- Concentrations: energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: combustion; combustion chemistry
Yingxin Gao -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: effects of aging on mechanical properties of skeletal muscles; effect of force on skeletal muscle
Albert George -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: acoustics; automotive engineering; fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; fluid dynamics
Frederick Gouldin -- Concentrations: energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: combustion; fluid dynamics; air pollution; incineration propulsion; spectroscopy
Brandon Hencey -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; energy and sustainability; Research interests: switched and gain-scheduled control; robust optimal control; control of energy systems
Christopher Hernandez -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: orthopaedic biomechanics; solid mechanics imaging
Chung-Yuen Hui -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; Research interests: fracture mechanics; mechanics of materials
Anthony Ingraffea -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: computational and experimental fracture mechanics
James Jenkins -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; Research interests: continuum mechanics; biomechanics; mechanics of granular material
Brian Kirby -- Concentrations: biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: micro- and nanofluidics; microbioanalytical devices; laser microfabrication; interface science
Donald Koch -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: particulate and multiphase flows; colloids and aerosols; non-continuum gas flows
Hadas Kress-Gazit -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: autonomous systems; hybrid systems; control; robotics
Sidney Leibovich -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; Research interests: fluid dynamics; wave propagation; air-sea interactions; stability theory; vortex dynamics
Hod Lipson -- Concentrations: biomedical mechanics; dynamics and control; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: computer-aided design and design automation; artificial intelligence; evolutionary robotics; rapid prototyping
Michel Louge -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: gas-solid flows; fluidized beds; gas-solid flow instrumentation; dielectric properties of snow, granular segregation; experiments in microgravity
Natalie Mahowald -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; Research interests: interaction between climate and biogeochemistry through aerosols
Matthew Miller -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; Research interests: experimentally based material model development; effect of processing on properties
Francis Moon -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: nonlinear dynamics/chaos; fluidelastic vibrations; dynamics of machining; electromechanical systems
Subrata Mukherjee -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; Research interests: computational mechanics; boundary element methods; shape sensitivity analysis; shape optimization; MEMS
Mason Peck -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: dynamics and control; spacecraft design; systems engineering
Perrine Pepiot -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics
Stuart Phoenix -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: mechanical reliability; probabilistic theories of material failure; composite materials; fracture mechanics
Stephen Pope -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: combustion; fluid mechanics; turbulence; numerical methods; aerospace propulsion
Mark Psiaki -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: guidance, optimization, estimation, control, and modeling for dynamic systems; modeling, analysis, dynamics and control of aerospace systems
Richard Rand -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: nonlinear dynamics; biomechanics
Cynthia Reinhart-King -- Concentrations: biomedical mechanics; Research interests: cell and tissue engineering; biomaterials
Andy Ruina -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; dynamics and control; Research interests: biomechanics; dynamics; robotics; solid mechanics
Wolfgang Sachse -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; Research interests: measurement systems; interaction of sound and materials; modeling of natural phenomena; ultrasonics
Ashutosh Saxena -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; Research interests: robotics; machine learning; perception
Robert Shepherd -- Concentrations: dynamics and control; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: Soft Robotics, Material Intelligence for Control Systems, Microcombustion for actuation, and Concentrated particle flow through micronozzles.
Meredith Silberstein -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; energy and sustainability; Research interests: polymer physics, mechanochemistry, micromechanical experiments and modeling, continuum mechanics
Ankur Singh -- Concentrations: biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: Engineering of biomaterials-based platforms for cell and immune modulation, cell-biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion, stem cell engineering, and vaccines.
David Sinton -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: micro and nanofluidics
Paul Steen -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; thermal science; Research interests:
Abraham Stroock -- Concentrations: biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: microfluidics; biomedical engineering; transport phenomena; colloid science
Marjolein van der Meulen -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; biomedical mechanics; Research interests: orthopedic biomechanics; skeletal functional adaptation; bone structural behavior; mechanics of musculoskeletal tissues
Jane Wang -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; Research interests: biological fluid dynamics; scientific computing and modeling; statistical physics
Zellman Warhaft -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: experimental fluid mechanics; turbulence; micrometeorology; fundamental vortex interactions
Charles Williamson -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; Research interests: fluid dynamics; aircraft vortex instabilities; vortex-induced vibration; wakes; turbulence; fundamental vortex interaction
Timothy Wright (Weill) -- Concentrations: Research interests: bone-implant systems; wear of joint replacements; bone mechanics
Nicholas Zabaras -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; fluid dynamics; dynamics and control; energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science; Research interests: inverse problems in solidification; mechanics of large deformations
Alan Zehnder -- Concentrations: solid mechanics and materials; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Research interests: fracture and fatigue; experimental mechanics; metal cutting; mechanics of materials
Max Zhang -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; energy and sustainability; thermal science; Research interests: air pollution; environmental nanoparticles; transportation and air quality; energy systems; climate changes
Roseanna N. Zia -- Concentrations: fluid dynamics; thermal science; Research interests: fluid mechanics, suspension mechanics, complex fluids, micro hydro dynamics, rheology

Learning Outcomes
The following proficiencies are expected from students receiving a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. A student receiving a PhD should:

1. Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline

  •  Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methodologies
  •  Identify new research opportunities within one’s field

2. Demonstrate advanced research skills

  •  Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of other
  •  Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills


3. Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  •  Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas
  •  Commit to professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
  •  Create an environment that supports learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration

4. Demonstrate professional skills

  •  Advance ethical standards in the discipline
  •  Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
  •  Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively


Learning Outcomes
The following proficiencies are expected from students receiving a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A student receiving a M.S. should:

1. Learn advanced research skills

  •  Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of others
  •  Apply existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills

2. Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  •  Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas
  •  Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies and other knowledge transfer modes

3. Demonstrate professional skills

  •  Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline
  •  Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
  •  Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively


Learning Outcomes
The following proficiencies are expected from students receiving a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. A student receiving an M.Eng should:

1. Learn advanced technical skills

  •  Apply existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills

2. Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  •  Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas

3. Demonstrate professional skills

  •  Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline
  •  Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
  •  Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively

 

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