PhD Program Research Areas in Mechanical Engineering
- alternative energy
- fuel cell
- renewable energy
- wind energy systems
- extreme environments
- fluid dynamics
- magnetic resonance
College-wide Program Requirements
The College of Engineering (COE) offers a Ph.D. in Engineering with options that include Mechanical Engineering, which is administered by the Mechanical Engineering graduate program. 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 Mechanical Engineering Option
Students are required to take
Advanced Engineering Analysis
|EGEN 506||Numerical Solutions to Engineering Problems||3 credits|
|EM 525||Continuum Mechanics||3 credits|
|Thermo-fluids Mechanics||3 credits (minimum)|
|Solid Mechanics||3 credits (minimum)|
Note: These requirements are satisfied by the MSU MS in Mechanical Engineering
The exam will be administered on the second Tuesday in February of the Spring semester.
The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering topics will include the following
- heat (energy) transfer
- fluid mechanics
- structural mechanics
- dynamics and vibrations
Students will solve problems in 4 of the 7 topic areas. The exam will be 4 hours in duration in an open book, open notes format. Each problem set will be graded by the faculty member that submitted the set. The results will be analyzed by the Mechanical Engineering graduate studies committee, and each candidate will receive a grade of Pass (P), Fail (F) or Remediate (R). Students will not be given the test back in order to protect the questions from dissemination. 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 the next fall semester and will be overseen by the Ph.D. advisor.
The public research seminar will include 40 minutes for the student’s presentation and 10 minutes for questions from the audience. This will be followed immediately by a closed-session oral examination and additional remediation may be required at this point.