Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
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:
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
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.
LO1. Demonstrate the ability to
apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced
mechanical engineering problems:
- Acquire knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering
topics and computational tools specific to the emphasis area.
- Develop the ability to identify, formulate, and solve
advanced engineering problems relevant to the emphasis area.
- Develop the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and
justify solutions to complex engineering problems specific to the emphasis
LO2. Demonstrate the ability to
independently and creatively design and conduct research studies:
- Assess the state of the art in their field of study,
including a thorough literature review
- 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.
- Apply independently and creatively appropriate
engineering theories and tools towards finding a viable solution to the
- 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:
- Create a publishable paper reflecting the integration
of knowledge acquired through the thesis study.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the project and the
implications of the resulting data
- Synthesize and present the relevance of the research
study in both technical and non-technical terms.
- Deliver an oral presentation to peers summarizing the
work performed on the research study and its outcomes.
- Conduct a thesis defense to a community of engineering
faculty and peers.