PhD Program Research Areas in Applied Mechanics
College-wide Program Requirements
The College of Engineering (COE) offers a Ph.D. in Engineering with options that include Applied Mechanics. The COE has general program requirements that apply to all students who pursue a Ph.D. in Engineering, regardless of which option they choose.
Program-specific Degree Requirements for the Applied Mechanics Option
Requirements include the following:
|EM 510||Elastic and Inelastic Analysis||3 credits|
|EMEC 530||Advanced Fluid Mechanics||3 credits|
|EM 560||Finite Elements Analysis in Engineering||3 credits|
The remaining credits are to be established by the student and the Major Professor in consultation with the graduate committee.
The qualifying assessment will be a written examination on
relevant undergraduate level topics. In the Applied Mechanics Option these areas include:
Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics,
Thermodynamics and an Area of Undergraduate Focus (e.g. Structures, Hydraulics,
Geotechnology, Material Science, Heat Transfer) - as specified by the candidate prior to
the exam. The exam will be one hour per topic area in an open book, open notes format.
Students must satisfactorily address four of the submitted topics. Problems will be graded
by the faculty member who presented that topic. Students will be provided an opportunity
to examine their results; however, in order to protect the questions from dissemination
they will not be permanently returned. A grade for the qualifying examination of Pass (P),
Fail (F) or Remediate (R) will be given for each candidate. In cases where remediation in
certain topic areas is required, the Ph.D. advisor will develop a problem solving based
plan with the Ph.D. candidate to prepare for a retest on the identified topic areas. The
retest must occur prior to completion of the following semester and will be overseen by
the Ph.D. Advisor.
In the Applied Mechanics Option there are two distinct
oral examinations: one associated with the dissertation Proposal and a separate one
pertaining to the candidate’s graduate level understanding of Engineering Mechanics