School of Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall
- tel: 610-499-4037
- fax: 610-499-4059
Dr. Mark Nicosia
- Chairman of Mechanical Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 169A
- tel: 610-499-4192
- Secretary of Mechanical Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 169
- tel: 610-499-4041
Curriculum: Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical
There are two options for completion of a master's degree in mechanical engineering. For students completing a master’s thesis, 8 courses in addition to thesis research (2 courses) are required for graduation. Students must successfully present their research orally as well as in written form to a committee of faculty for approval. For students who elect not to complete a thesis, 10 courses are required for graduation, which include 3 core courses.
Here is a selection of courses that students typically take as part of the mechanical engineering graduate program.
ENGR 636 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
This course introduces the theory and application of the finite element method. Topics include the development of the matrix equations, interpolation using basic shape functions for a variety of element types, implementation of boundary conditions, and solution methods. Emphasis is placed on problems of engineering interest and a commonly used commercial finite element package is introduced.
ME 671 APPLIED STRESS ANALYSIS I
Two- and three-dimensional analysis of the states of stress and strain in continuous solids. Derivation of the field equations and their application to the solution of classical problems; torsion of prismatic bars; analysis of axisymmetrically loaded members; stress concentration; and hertz contact stresses.
ME 672 APPLIED STRESS ANALYSIS II
Advanced strength of materials solutions of elastic problems. Topics include bending of straight beams; bending of curved beams out of their initial plane; beams on elastic foundations; and bending of plates and shells.
ME 683 HEAT TRANSFER
Fundamentals and applications of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. The conservation equations, the heat conduction equation, steady and transient heat conduction in one, two, and three dimensions; formulation of convection problems, thermal boundary layers, similarity solutions, integral method; radiation view factors, view factor algebra, radiative exchange between gray diffuse surfaces.
ME 685 AERODYNAMICS
The atmosphere, topics in fluid mechanics, two-dimensional air foil theory, subsonic and supersonic wing theory, drag, boundary layer control, ground effect machine.
For more information about courses and requirements for the mechanical engineering graduate program, see the course catalog.