Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Engineering (MS) is a thesis-based/research focused graduate degree program. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop a personal research plan within their emphasis area (Civil and Environmental, Computer Science, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering), which allows the student to design and complete an original research study in their area of specialty. This degree program is valuable to engineers interested in pursuing doctoral studies, academic careers, or professional careers in research or product innovation.

The MS program can be pursued on one of the two tracks listed below:

Sustainable Systems

The sustainability and advanced engineering design themes naturally intersect—the methods of design and innovation are a necessary element to the successful development or support of sustainable systems.

Advanced Engineering Design

This theme of design and innovation accommodates the many diverse research areas in engineering that are directed towards meeting the demands of rapidly-developing interdisciplinary technologies of the 21st century.

Student Learning Outcomes

LO1. Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems:

  1. Acquire knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering topics and computational tools specific to the emphasis area.
  2. Develop the ability to identify, formulate, and solve advanced engineering problems relevant to the emphasis area.
  3. Develop the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex engineering problems specific to the emphasis area.

LO2. Demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively design and conduct research studies:

  1. Assess the state of the art in their field of study, including a thorough literature review
  2. Design a research study of personal or professional interest and importance including: planning, organizing, scheduling, and executing the project with the guidance and input of their thesis advisor.
  3. Apply independently and creatively appropriate engineering theories and tools towards finding a viable solution to the thesis topic.
  4. Perform and interpret complex quantitative analyses specific to the thesis.

LO3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research study/project through oral presentations and publications:

  1. Create a publishable paper reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the thesis study.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the project and the implications of the resulting data
  3. Synthesize and present the relevance of the research study in both technical and non-technical terms.
  4. Deliver an oral presentation to peers summarizing the work performed on the research study and its outcomes.
  5. Conduct a thesis defense to a community of engineering faculty and peers.