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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Program Description


The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The program demands academic rigor and depth yet also addresses real-world engineering problems. The department has four broad divisions of research activity that stem from core fields in Mechanical Engineering, and in many cases, individual research projects encompass more than one research area and elements from other disciplines.

Biomechanics 

Focuses on the application of engineering principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research activities include experimental, computational and theoretical approaches with applications in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, computer-assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient-specific biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and bioinstrumentation. The biomechanics group has strong research ties with other campus departments, the local medical community, and industry partners.

Robotics, Automation and Design 

Merges research from multiple areas of science and engineering. Topics include the design of robotic and automation system hardware and software, particularly for tasks that require some level of autonomy, intelligence, self-prognostics and decision making. Such capabilities are built upon integrated mechatronic systems that enable pro-active system responses to its environment and current state. These capabilities are applied in applications such as advanced robotics and manufacturing systems. Research in this division explores the science underlying the design process, implementation of mechanical and control systems to enable autonomy, and innovative computational analysis for automation, intelligence and systems optimization.

Solid Mechanics and Materials 

Develops novel computational and experimental solutions for problems in the mechanical behavior of advanced materials. Research in the division spans length scales from nanometer to kilometer and includes investigations of microstructural effects on mechanical behavior, nanomechanics, granular mechanics and continuum mechanics. Material-behavior models span length scales from the nano- and micro-scale, to the meso- and macro-scale. Much of the research is computational in nature using advanced computational methods such as molecular dynamics, finite-element, boundary-element and discrete-element methods. Strong ties exist between this group and the campus communities of applied mathematics, chemical engineering, materials science, metallurgy and physics.

Thermal-Fluid Systems 

Incorporates a wide array of multidisciplinary applications such as advanced energy conversion and storage, multi-phase fluid flows, materials processing, combustion, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Research in thermal-fluid systems integrates the disciplines of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, chemical engineering and materials science towards solving problems and making advances through experiments and computational modeling in the broad areas of energy conversion, fluid mechanics and thermal transport. Research projects in this area specialize in some aspect of mechanical engineering but often have a strong interdisciplinary component in related fields such as Materials Science and Chemical Engineering.

Additional program information is available at the Mechanical Engineering website.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science

  • Mechanical Engineering

 

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, a physical science or mathematics with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with quantitative reasoning section score of 160 or higher. GRE is not required for applicants from a Mines engineering program.
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL of 79 or higher is required.
  • MEGN501. ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN501

  • MEGN502. ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN502

  • MEGN503. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 0.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN504M

  • MEGN510. SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN543

  • MEGN511. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN532, MTGN545

  • MEGN512. ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN546

  • MEGN513. KINETIC PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN555,MLGN511

  • MEGN514. CONTINUUM MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN515. COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN517. INELASTIC CONSTITUTIVE RELATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN520. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN545
  • MEGN521. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT METHODS (DEMS). 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN535
  • MEGN530. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS530, EGGN530
    MEGN531. PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS527, EGGN527
  • MEGN532. EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN535. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS526, EGGN526
  • MEGN536. COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS528, EGGN528
  • MEGN537. PROBABILISTIC BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN529
  • MEGN540. MECHATRONICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN521
  • MEGN544. ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS, DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN518
  • MEGN545. ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN514
  • MEGN551. ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN552. VISCOUS FLOW AND BOUNDARY LAYERS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN552
  • MEGN553. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN573
  • MEGN560. DESIGN AND SIMULATION OF THERMAL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN570
  • MEGN561. ADVANCED ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN566. COMBUSTION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN566
  • MEGN567. HVAC AND BUILDING ENERGY SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with CBEN569,CHEN569,EGGN569,MLGN569,MTGN569
  • MEGN570. ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN571. ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN571
  • MEGN583. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN585. NETWORK MODELS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN586. LINEAR OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN587. NONLINEAR OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with MEGN487
  • MEGN588. INTEGER OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with MEGN488
  • MEGN591. ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN503
  • MEGN592. RISK AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING ANALYSIS AND DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN593. ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN593
  • MEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • MEGN686. ADVANCED LINEAR OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN688. ADVANCED INTEGER OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • MEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • MEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with EGGN707M
  • DTCN501. INTRODUCTION TO DATA CENTER ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • DTCN502. DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • DTCN503. DATA CENTER ENGINEERING GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
  • DTCN591. DATA CENTER ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ANALYSIS. 2.0 Semester Hrs.

Mines Catalog

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Priority: Jan 5, 2019

International: March 1, 2019

Domestic: July 1, 2019

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