Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering ME graduate program offers Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. It strives to help students to develop professional independence, creativity, leadership, and the capacity for continuing professional and intellectual growth. The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for research and professional practice in an era of rapidly advancing interdisciplinary technology. Graduates with advanced research and education in all ME relevant fields can contribute effectively to the development of various national and international industries and academia. They will be qualified and specialized in various disciplines of ME such as materials, design, manufacturing, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, control and dynamic. Specialized PhD topics include materials processing and characterization, fracture mechanics and fatigue, composite materials, polymers, tissue engineering, biomechanics, nanomechanics, biomedical engineering, energy conversion, combustion, microfluidics, micropower generation, mechanisms, mechatronics, robotics engineering, MEMS, vibrations, and nanotecknology. The award of the Ph.D. degree in ME requires successful completion of a minimum of 25 credit hours of graduate coursework and 30 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive and prospectus exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 55 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: Both of the following two courses:) (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH710Research Methodologies3.000
CHME755Graduate PhD Seminar1.000

(Group 2: Any 6 credits of the following courses:) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELEC620Analytical Techniques in Engineering3.000
ELEC600Numerical Methods in Engineering3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH640Directed Studies in Mechanical Engineering3.000
MECH735Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering I3.000
MECH736Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any two elective courses from Mechanical Eng. or other programs) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH800Comprehensive Exam0.000
MECH810Prospectus Exam0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH900Dissertation Doctoral Research0.000 - 30.000
MECH910Dissertation Defense0.000