Engineering: Mechanical Engineering (ENME)

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Abstract

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition, students may pursue a Master of Engineering degree through the Professional Master's Program of the Office of Advanced Engineering Education. The Department's instruction and research are carried out through the following four divisions: i) Design and Reliability of Systems; ii) Electronic Products and Systems; iii) Mechanics and Materials; and iv) Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences.

Design and Reliability of Systems (Formerly known as Design, Risk Assessment and Manufacturing) - The focus of this area of concentration is the study of: Product and process design and decision making; Manufacturing system modeling and automation; Manufacturing process modeling and control; Reliability and failure modes associated with specific semiconductor devices; Manufacturing technology designed specifically to meet high standards for yield and quality; Reliability test methods for various electronic or mechanical devices; Test screening of parts or systems to eliminate latent defects; Reliability and safety assessment tools for complex aerospace, nuclear, or chemical process systems.

Electronic Products and Systems - This area of concentration addresses the fundamental methods to attain more cost-effective and reliable electronic packaging. Areas of specialization include: Electronic packaging; Materials characterization; Acceleration testing; Condition monitoring; Computer aided life cycle engineering (CALCE).

Mechanics and Materials - This division concentrates on the study of analytical and experimental fundamentals of mechanics and materials. Areas of specialization include: Computational modeling; Control systems; Design, characterization, and manufacturing of materials; Elasticity; Experimental mechanics; Fracture mechanics; Linear and nonlinear mechanics; Micro-nano-bio systems; Noise and vibration control; Nonlinear dynamics; Robotics and intelligent machines; Smart structures.

Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences - This division encompasses two broad disciplines: thermal science and fluid mechanics. Areas of specialization include: Heat transfer; Combustion; Energy systems analysis; Hydrodynamics; Turbulence; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Reliability and Risk Engineering - This program covers aspects of engineering related to reliability and risk assessment. The primary areas of specialization include: Microelectronic reliability; Reliability analysis; Risk analysis; Software reliability.

Admissions Information

The programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are open to qualified students holding a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Admission may also be granted to students with degrees from other areas of engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. In some cases, students may be required to take undergraduate courses to fill gaps in their background. In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate School, the applicant is required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and, for all international applicants, scores from the TOEFL exam are also required. Applicants are also required to submit at least three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.


Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; International Applicants seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants

Deadline: May 15
Preferred: January 14
Deadline: October 15
Preferred: August 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas

Deadline: February 1
Deadline: June 1

Application Requirements

The minimum requirements of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for acceptance into the Graduate program are:

  1. Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent from a foreign institution).
  2. At least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. At least 3 letters of recommendation strongly supporting the applicant's admission into the Graduate Program.
  4. An essay or statement of goals and experiences.
  5. A score greater than 163 on the Quantitative section and greater than 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General Test.
  6. International applicants: at least a 577 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) score on the TOEFL exam.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (Reliability Engineering) (M.S.)
Two options exist to earn the M.S. degree in Reliability Engineering:
Non-thesis option
Complete 30 credits with at least 18 at the 600-level or above. Complete the required 6 credits of core courses (see below). Maintain an average grade of B or better. Submit at least one scholarly paper addressing reliability within his/her field of engineering for approval by two faculty members. The topic must be selected and an advisor located by the second semester of study. The paper can be completed by registering for ENRE648, an independent study course with selected advisor and approved through Graduate Committee. Complete a set of approved technical elective courses to satisfy the balance of the course requirements (a minimum of 24 credits).
Thesis option
Complete 24 credits with at least 12 at the 600-level or above. Complete the required 6 credits of core courses. Maintain an average grade of B or better. Take an additional 6 credits of ENRE 799 (thesis research). Write a satisfactory thesis and defend the thesis in an oral examination. Complete a set of approved technical elective courses to satisfy the balance of the course requirements (a minimum of 18 credits).
(See http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/ms-req-reliability.html#courseReq for details)

Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) (M.S.)
Students enrolled in the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering must complete at least 30 credits for graduation. This includes 24 credits of approved coursework and 6 credits of M.S. Thesis Research. The M.S. Coursework Plan sets forth the courses required to be taken by the student in partial fulfillment of the M.S. degree requirements. The coursework plan must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor in the student's technical area of interest, and submitted to the Graduate Office (2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall) for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies at the beginning of the first semester of study. Changes to the plan are permitted, but must be approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies prior to their implementation. A new coursework plan reflecting the changes must be filed with the ME Graduate Office every time changes are made.

Doctor of Philosophy (Reliability Engineering) (Ph.D)
Students in the Ph.D. program must take a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework beyond the B.S. degree (a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation research. Students currently holding an M.S. from an approved engineering, math, or science program may apply up to 24 credits from their previous degree towards their doctoral coursework requirement. In addition, students must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have an approved Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters of passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research topic.
(See http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/phd-req.html for details)

Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (Ph.D.)
Students in the Ph.D. program must take a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework beyond the B.S. degree (a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation research. Students currently holding an M.S. from an approved engineering, math, or science program may apply up to 24 credits from their previous degree towards their doctoral coursework requirement. In addition, students must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have approved a Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters of passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research topic.
(See http://www.enre.umd.edu/grad/phd-req.html for details)

Facilities and Special Resources

The department and college of engineering provide access to a wide variety of experimental and computing facilities. Selected department computer resources include approximately 100 networked PC systems and 100 UNIX workstations. In addition, an enriched CAD computing environment is provided through a large number of third-party software products, including computer aided design applications.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to highly qualified students in the form of research and teaching assistantships. The most outstanding applicants are offered fellowships. Students seeking financial assistance should submit with their applications a current resume or CV as well as a statement regarding their qualifications and/or past research or teaching experience. Financial assistance is sought for all worthy students. For example, the following fellowships are available for incoming Ph.D students; Dean's Fellowships (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships (managed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering); University Fellowships administered by the Graduate School (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships); and LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. Current graduate students may also apply to the Clark School's Future Faculty Fellows Program; Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School; Litton Fellowship (ME & ECE); and other internally awarded and administered fellowships and scholarships. Assistance is also available in identifying and applying for prestigious external fellowships. ARCS Fellowship.

Contact Information

Detailed information regarding our graduate programs may be found on our website.

Associate Director of Graduate Studies/Kerri Poppler James
Department of Mechanical Engineering College Park
2178 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD  20740
Telephone: 301-405-8601
Fax: 301-405-8015
kjames3@umd.edu

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/

Coordinator of Graduate Studies/Amarildo C. DaMata
Department of Mechanical Engineering

2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-4216
Fax: (301) 314-8015
amata@umd.edu

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies/Prof. Hugh A. Bruck
Department of Mechanical Engineering

2174 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD  20742
Telephone: 301-405-8711
Fax: 301-314-9477
bruck@umd.edu

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad

Co-Directors of Reliability Engineering Graduate Program/Prof. Mohammad Modarres & Prof. Ali Mosleh
Department of Mechanical Engineering

0151 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-5226
Fax: (301) 314-9601
modarres@umd.edu

http://www.enre.umd.edu/

Courses: ENME ENRE

Related Programs and Campus Units

Engineering: Systems Engineering
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering
Graduate Certificate: Engineering
Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation

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