Curriculum and Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the MSME degree. The program combines core mechanical engineering courses with technical electives.  The student is recommended to choose 3 electives for in-depth study in one technical area and the other electives for exploration in a broader technical area.

  • 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the Mechanical Engineering core courses
  • 3 courses (9 credit hours) from one technical area
  • MEEG 597 Masters project (3 credit hours) or MEEG 598 Masters thesis (6 credit hours)
  • 2-3 elective courses (6-9 credit hours)

Mechanical Engineering core courses

The core courses help the student to increase his/her knowledge and competence in skills essential to the mechanical engineering field.

  • MEEG 410Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • MEEG 463 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEEG 452 Advanced Vibrations
  • MEEG 454 Advanced Dynamics
  • MEEG 453 Finite Element Method
  • Math 410 Advanced Analysis

The students must plan his/her degree program with the help of the academic advisor. As a general guideline, only one course outside of Mechanical Engineering is allowed toward the MSME degree. However, another out-of-department course can be taken if it is required for the chosen technical area and has the approval of both the advisor and chairman. The list below is comprised of suggested courses for various technical areas.

General Mechanical Engineering

The General Mechanical Engineering area prepares students for a broad range of career choices in the field of mechanical engineering and for their further Ph.D. study.

  • Computer Aided Engineering Design
  • CAM and NC Machining
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Materials Engineering and Process Selection

Design Engineering

The Design Engineering area prepares the student to gain knowledge in product/machinery design and succeed in various industries, such as the design and development of green (solar) energy system, biomedical instrumentation, automation, and different products.

  • Computer Aided Engineering Design
  • Advanced CAD project
  • Machinery and Mechanical System Design
  • Materials Engineering and Process Selection

Manufacturing Engineering and Management

The Manufacturing Engineering and Management area provides advanced study in manufacturing to individuals who are interested in the Manufacturing field. Studies include materials and manufacturing processes, assembly and product engineering, automation in manufacturing, and manufacturing competiveness. This permits students to have up-to-date knowledge, hands on experience and strong competence in world-class manufacturing environments.

  • CAM and NC Machining
  • Advanced CAM and Automation
  • Production Technology and Techniques
  • Manufacturing Strategy and Lean
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Principles of Logistics
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Management
  • Modeling and Simulation of Manufacturing Process

Mechanics and Materials

The Mechanics and Materials area provides understanding of engineering materials and structures and their mechanical response and failure behavior with advanced theories, analysis methods, and modeling and simulation tools. It helps the student develop modeling and simulation skills needed to understand and enhance the thermo-mechanical behavior of engineering devices and systems.

  • Finite Element Method
  • Advanced Composite Materials
    • Mechanics of Composite Material
    • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
    • Advanced Materials in Engineering

Thermal Fluid Systems and Sustainable Energy

The Thermal Fluid System and Sustainable Energy area provides advanced study in thermal fluid systems and sustainable energy. Studies include heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); transport phenomena (heat and mass transfer and fluid flow) in manufacturing processes and medical devices; thermal management of electronics; thermal fluids system design; solar energy applications and fuel cells.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Electronics Cooling
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Design
  • Alternative Energy Technology
  • Sustainable Energy Lab

Biomechanical Engineering

The Biomechanical Engineering area studies the application of mechanical engineering principles to the conception, design, development, analysis and operation of biomechanical systems.

  • Biomedical Materials and Engineering
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Instrument Design

Sports and Aeronautical Engineering

The Sports and Aeronautical Engineering area focuses on the design, manufacturing, innovation, performance and safety of athletic and recreational equipment, aircraft and space craft.

  • Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics in Sports
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft Design
  • Manufacturing in Sports
  • Design of Sports Equipment

Mechatronics and Automation

The Mechatronics and Automation area studies the applications of mechatronics in manufacturing and other industrial automation, including sensors, microprocessors, programmable logic controllers and robotics.

  • Advanced CAM and Automation
  • Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems
  • Robotics
  • Industrial Control
  • Programmable Logic Control

Micro and Nano Engineering

The Micro and Nano engineering area studies the micro- and nanotechnology in the mechanical systems, including the design, fabrication, packaging and modeling of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nano materials analysis and fabrication, fluidics, heat transfer and energy conversion at micro- and nanoscales.

  • Nanofabrication with Soft Materials
  • Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Fundamental Analysis of Nanomaterials
  • Introduction to MEMS
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology

 

General M.S. Program Requirements

Academic Performance

Students in a degree program who do not maintain a satisfactory record will be separated from the Graduate School. Normally, the accumulation of one “F” grade, or more than one “D” grade, or more than three “C” grades will result in separation.

Course Levels

  • 400-499-generally taken by qualified undergraduates and first year graduate students.
  • 500-599- Open to graduate students.
  • 600 + – Open to masters and Ph.D. students
  • 700 – Open to Ph.D. students only

Time Limitation and Program Continuity

All requirements for the degree of Master of Science must be completed within six years (twelve consecutive semesters) of the effective start of an approved graduate program of study. Once a program is initiated, the student must maintain continuous enrollment until completion.

Under certain circumstances, a student may be granted permission to interrupt his/her program by petitioning the dean in writing, stating the underlying circumstances. Program interruption without formal permission will constitute grounds for dismissal from the Graduate program.

Degree Program Requirements

All students studying for the Master of Science degree must have on file an approved program of study on the provided form. Programs of study are worked out between the student and his/her advisor to meet both the student’s desires and the graduate faculty’s philosophy of an integrated program. They must carry the approval of the chair of the department awarding the degree. Changes in the approved program of study must be approved by the student’s program advisor and the department Chair.

General Thesis Regulations

Students are encouraged to include a thesis investigation in their approved program of study. Accumulation of thesis semester hours and work done during a thesis investigation must be continuous up to the time of its completion. Only those students designated as regular graduate students who have satisfied the following requirements will be permitted to accumulate thesis credits. During the semester prior to that in which the student desires to initiate his/ her thesis investigation, he/she must have:

  • Included a thesis proposal in his/ her approved program of study
  • Sought and obtained a member of the graduate faculty who agrees to act as his/her thesis advisor
  • Submitted a completed thesis proposal form to the department in which the degree is to be awarded
  • Form a Thesis Committee, appointed by the department chair, consisting of at least 3 members of the graduate faculty (including the advisor as committee chair).

Students should obtain a copy of “Specifications for Master’s Thesis” from the office of the department chair which describes via requirements in details.All theses in Engineering must be presented at a faculty-graduate seminar. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled, and that written notice of the presentation is distributed to all interested persons at least one week before the event.

Students who are in the process of completing a thesis are required to register for at least two semester hours of thesis in each semester. They must actively engage in that activity under faculty guidance. Semester hours thus accumulated that total more than the approved program-of-study requirement are not counted toward the degree.

Upon successful completion of the thesis, and acceptance by the Thesis Committee, the student becomes eligible for the degree provided all other requirements in the program of study are completed.

Completion of Master’s Degree

The Master of Science degree will be awarded only to those students successfully completing the following requirements:

  • A minimum number of 30-34 semester hours (see specific program requirements) with a QPR of “B” or better in an approved program of study. The number of semester hours which may be transferred from another institution is an individual matter that will be reviewed by the major department, but is normally no more than 9 semester hours.
  • Satisfactory completion of the state licensure requirements as prescribed by the faculty of the major department, and a favorable recommendation from the faculty upon review of the student’s program and performance, after the student has made a formal application for a Master’s diploma.

Cooperative Education Program

The School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program. See the Cooperative Education section of that for further information.