in product design and manufacturing has become a major driver for
industrial competitiveness and profitablity in recent years. As
enabling technologies become more easily accessible, engineers are
faced with increasing demands for designing and producing more complex
mechanical devices to serve the needs of the society. Next generation
engineering products will be 'smart' with many functionalities; they
will be made of new materials; they will increase energy efficiency and
reduce environmental impact; they will vary in size from nano to mega
scales; and they will be more closely integrated with information
processing systems. Also as mechanical systems are becoming
increasingly complex to analyze and expensive to experiment, more
emphasis will have to be placed on computer aided analysis, design,
verification and manufacturing. Our research program in mechanical
engineering responds to these trends and focuses on basic research
related to materials science and process engineering, product design,
and information integrated manufacturing processes. In doing so
applications to different physical processes are studied (e.g. energy
systems, bioengineering, metal forming, polymer processing, discrete
part manufacturing to name a few). Research Areas
Vibrations and Nonlinear Dynamics
Human and Machine Haptics (Biomechanics, Robotics)
Biomimetics (Imitation of nature to manufacture new materials and machines)
Fabrication of Nanomaterials
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
Computer Aided Numerical Control (CNC) Systems and Machine Tools
Composite Materials Manufacturing
More information on research projects and faculty members can be found in the web pages of the individual schools.
Graduate curriculum consists of the following 3-credit courses:
- MATH 503 Applied Mathematics
- MECH 511 Theory of Vibration
- MECH 512 Advenced Dynamics
- MECH 514 Design and Modelling of High Precision Systems
- MECH 521 Advenced Fluid Dynamics
- MECH 522 Computational Fluid Dynamics
- MECH 524 Combustion Processes
- MECH 531 Modern Control Systems
- MECH 534 Computer Based Simulation and Modeling
- MECH 541 Manifacturing of Advanced Engineering Materials
- MECH 542 Mechatronics
- MECH 543 Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation
- MECH 444/544 Robotics
- MECH 546 Machine Tools in Manufacturing
- MECH 552 Introduction to Biomechanics
- MECH 561 Mechanics of Condenced Materials
- MECH 562 Micro and Nanofabrication
- MECH 564 Biomimetics
- MECH 566 Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers
are selected by the students from the above list and from other courses
not listed here in accordance with their areas of specialization and
subject to the approval of their advisors. In addition, each student
has to take a seminar course, MECH 590 Seminar. Students working
towards the thesis register for MECH 595 M.S. Thesis, and students
enrolled in non-thesis option register for MECH 591 Project.
who have TA assignments must take TEAC 500: Teaching Experience during
the semesters of their assignments. Students must also take ENGL 500:
Graduate Writing course.
of Linear Algebra and Vector Fields: Vector Spaces, Eigenvalue
Problems, Quadratic Forms, Divergence Theorem and Stokes' Theorem.
Sturm-Liouville Theory and Orthogonal Polynomials, Methods of Solution
of Boundary Value Problems for the Laplace Equation, Diffusion Equation
and the Wave Equation. Elements of Variational Calculus. Mech 511
Theory of Vibration
(Also MECH 411)
vibratory motion of mechanical systems: Free, forced-harmonic,
forced-periodic, and forced-transient vibration of
single-degree-of-freedom, multiple-degree-of-freedom, and continuous
systems. Introduction to the Finite Element Method. Prerequisite: MATH
203, MATH 204 or consent of the instructor MECH 512
Advanced Engineering Dynamics
(Also MECH 412)
kinematics. Kinematics of rigid bodies. Newtonian kinetics of a rigid
body. Impulse-momentum and work-energy principles. Analytical
mechanics. Holonomic and nonholonomic constrains. Virtual displacement.
Generalized forces. Hamilton`s principle. Lagrange equations.
Constrained generalized coordinates. Computational methods in the state
space. Hamiltonian Mechanics. Gibbs-Appell equations. Gyroscopic
effects. Prerequisite: MECH 206, MATH 204 or consent of the instructor.
Design and Modeling of High Precision Systems
(Also MECH 414)
to precision systems ranging from those for the manufacture of
integrated circuits, to machines for the manufacture of optical
components and automobiles. The design of mechanical and structural
precision machine components and their integration with sensor and
control systems. Modeling and simulation. Control and structure
interactions, use of computers in engineering design and CAD, design
optimization. MECH 521
Advanced Fluid Dynamics
(Also MECH 421)
of fluid mechanics introduced at an advanced level. Aspects of kinetic
theory as it applies to formulation of continuum fluid dynamics.
Introduction to tensor analysis and derivation of Navier Stokes
equations and energy equation for compressible fluids. Boundary
conditions and surface phenomena. Viscous flows, boundary layer theory,
potential flows and vorticity dynamics. Introduction to turbulence and
Prerequisite: MATH 204, MECH 301 or consent of the instructor.MECH 522
Computational Fluid Dynamics
(Also MECH 422)
methods for elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic and mixed type partial
differential equations arising in fluid flow and heat transfer
problems. Finite-difference, finite-volume and some finite-element
methods. Accuracy, convergence, and stability; treatment of boundary
conditions and grid generation. Review of current methods. Assignments
require programming a digital computer.
Prerequisite: MATH 204, MECH 301 or consent of the instructor.MECH 524
(Also MECH 424)
introduction to combustion and flame processes, with emphasis on
fundamental fluid dynamics, heat and mass transport, and
reaction-kinetic processes that govern combustion rates.
Thermochemistry, kinectics, vessel explosions, laminar and turbulent
premixed and diffusion flames, droplet combustion, and combustion of
Prerequisite: MECH 301 or consent of the instructor.MECH 531
Modern Control Systems
(Also MECH 431)
to modern control theory. Mathematical modeling of engineering systems.
Feedback control, stability and performance analysis. Frequency and
time response methods. Control system analysis and design using MATLAB.
Prerequisite: MECH 304 or consent of the instructor.MECH 534
Computer Based Simulation and Modeling
(Also MECH 434)
physics-based, and probabilistic modeling methodology and associated
computational tools for interactive simulation: computer programming,
numerical methods, graphical modeling and programming, physics-based
and probabilistic modeling techniques.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.MECH 541
Manufacturing of Advanced Engineering Materials
(Also MECH 441)
engineering material manufacturing processes. Metals: material removal,
addition, change of form. Plastics and composites: injection molding,
compression molding, extrusion, sheet forming, tow placement,
pultrusion, liquid molding, filament winding, autoclave.
Similarities/differences of processes, advantages/disadvantages of
processes, proper selection of manufacturing process, applications from
industries, issues and their solutions, on- and off-line control.
Prerequisite: MECH 301, MECH 306 or consent of the instructor.
(Also MECH 442)
simulation and identification of physical systems. Instrumentation.
Sensors and transduscers. Hardware components. Pneumatic, hydraulic,
mechanical and electrical actuators. Programmable logic controllers
(PLC). Signals, systems, and controls. Real time interfaceing and
programming. Microprocessor-based electro-mechanical control
applications and projects for factory automation, manufacturing and
Prerequisite: MECH 304 or consent of the instructor.MECH 543
Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation
(Also MECH 443)
realization systems from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Computer Aided
Manufacturing (CAM). Manufacturing Automation. Modern sensors in
manufacturing. Computer control of manufacturing systems. Computer
Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools. Machining processes. Rapid
prototyping. Fundementals of industrial robotics.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.MECH 544
(Also MECH 444)
concepts of modeling, control sensing, and intelligence of robotic
systems. Robotic manipulators and mobile robots. Forward and inverse
kinematics, trajectory planning, dynamics, control, and programming of
robotic manipulators. Hardware components of mobile robots, visual and
navigational sensors, pose estimation, navigation, and reasoning in
mobile robots. Hands-on experience with robotic arms and mobile robots
in a laboratory environment.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.MECH 546
Machine Tools in Manufacturing
(Also MECH 446)
of metal cutting. Static and dynamic deformations in machining. Chatter
vibration and stability issues. Design and analysis of Computer
Numerical Control (CNC) systems. Machine tool drives. Feedback devices.
Electrical drives. State-space model of feed drive control system.
Digital position control system design. Sensor-assisted intelligent
machining. Hardware and software machining modules. Applications and
Prerequisite: MECH 304, MECH 306 or consent of the instructor.MECH 552
Introduction to Biomechanics
(Also MECH 452)
of mechanics to biological systems; basic principles of mechanics
(force-moment, stress-strain, work, energy, rigid body dynamics),
analysis of human movement, musculoskeletal mechanics, tissue
mechanics, motor control system, sports biomechanics, and
Prerequisite: MECH 201 or consent of the instructor.MECH 561
Mechanics of Condensed Matter
(Also MECH 461)
of stress, strain and motion. Constitutive equations describing the
mechanical and thermal behavior of elastic and viscoelastic materials.
Relationships between macroscopic and microscopic stress and strain.
Micromechanics of defects. Observables at the macroscopic and
microscopic length scales in plasticity, fracture and fatigue.
Prerequisite: MECH 201 and MECH 202 or consent of the instructor.MECH 562
Micro and Nanofabrication
(Also MECH 462)
and characterization techniques for micro and nano electro mechanical
systems, MEMS & NEMS (including: microlithography; wet & dry
etching techniques; physical & chemical vapor deposition processes;
electroplating; bonding; focused ion beams; top-down approaches -
electron-beam lithography, SPM, soft lithography - ; bottom-up
techniques based on self-assembly). Semiconductor nanotechnology.
Nanotubes & nanowires. Biological systems. Molecular electronics.
Prerequisite: MECH 202 or consent of the instructor.MECH 564
Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers
(Also MECH 464)
of viscoelastic behavior of polymers. Creep and relaxation. Storage and
loss moduli. Dynamic viscosity, storage and loss compliance, loss
tangent. Relaxation and retardation spectrum, calculation of
viscoelastic functions form spectra. Experimental methods for highly
viscous liquids, soft and hard solids. Viscoelasticity of glassy and
crystalline materials. The time-temperature superposition principle.
Application to practical problems such as vibration damping, heat
generation in rapid oscillations, sliding friction, adhesion and
abrasion, processability and lubrication.
Prerequisite: MECH 202, MECH 206 or consent of the instructor.MECH 566
(Also MECH 466)
and imitating the basic principles and techniques used by nature in
designing and manufacturing of materials, machines and mechanisms. A
wide spectrum of case studies will be explored: The organization and
functioning of proteins, molecular machines, smart minipumps, soft
electroactive membrane actuators and sensors, gels, Ph activated
systems, polymeric muscles and robotic actuation.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.Mech 590
Project Mech 595
MS Thesis TEAC 500
hands-on teaching experience to graduate students in undergraduate
courses. Reinforces students' understanding of basic concepts and
allows them to communicate and apply their knowledge of the subject
a writing course specifically designed to improve academic writing
skills as well as critical reading and thinking. The course objectives
will be met through extensive reading, writing and discussion both in
and out of class. Student performance will be assessed and graded by