The opportunities and challenges in the field of mechanical engineering are diverse and virtually unlimited. The broad variety of career possibilities includes research and development, design analysis and synthesis, manufacturing and production engineering, testing, sales, engineering, maintenance and administration. The challenge of a mechanical engineer may lie in the perfection and reliability of a device that will be duplicated a million-fold or in the control optimization of a single complex system of unique design. The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduate students in many applied fields, including such important areas as energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, machine tool design, manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing, computer graphics, structural analysis, control of mechanical systems, autonomous systems, vehicle dynamics and design, continuum mechanics, biomechanics, fluid dynamics, environmental design, mechanisms, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics, and composite materials. Faculty members in the Department are currently engaged in state-of-the-art research in all of these areas. Specialized areas of research support for graduate students include: manufacturing processes, composite material behavior, combustion, acoustics and noise control, vibrations, laser diagnostics, biomechanics, control of mechanical systems, sheet metal stamping, and engine research.
With most courses offered in the evening, professionals working in local industry and students involved in cooperative programs can pursue graduate degrees while employed on either part-time or full-time basis.
The Mechanical Engineering Department has three research thrust areas, namely the "Noise and Vibration Control", the "Advanced Materials and Manufacturing", and the"Advanced Propulsion and Energy Systems". In addition, many Biomedical Engineering courses are cross listed with ME courses and are available for ME Graduate students to take and be considered towards their degree. Graduate students must select a field of study in one of the three thrust areas of the ME Department.
A copy of the Graduate Handbook can be found here.