Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
  • Computational Methods (M.S.)
  • Dynamics and Vibrations (M.S.)
  • Fluid Mechanics (M.S.)
  • Manufacturing (M.S.)
  • Materials Engineering (M.S)
  • Metallurgy (M.S.)
  • Solid Mechanics (M.S.)
  • Systems, Design, and Controls (M.S.)
  • Thermal Sciences (M.S.)
Areas of Study
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational Methods
  • Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Energy
  • Experimental and Computational Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Micro/Nanotechnology
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Nondestructive Evaluations
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Systems, Design, and Controls
  • Thermal Sciences
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Contacts for Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Graduate Chair

Professor Mehdrad Negahban

Graduate Secretary

Mrs. Kathie J. Hiatt


Campus Address

W342 Nebraska Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0526

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Domestic Applicants:  None, unless previous program is not ABET accredited then a GRE score is required
    - International Applicants:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Statement of Purpose including research interests and objectives
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

See department's application details for more specific information on these requirements.

Application Deadlines for Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Fall: January 15 Spring: September 15 Summer: November 15


The Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) program provides a comprehensive graduate education at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels supported by over 30 faculty and 140 graduate students working to solve a broad range of problems. The program boasts expertise in fundamental areas such as solids, fluids, heat transfer, dynamics, vibrations, materials, manufacturing, and design with applications from medical robotics to rehabilitation, magnetic levitation to energy applications, 3D printing to nano-machining, tissue engineering to advanced fibers for composites, materials characterization to nondestructive evaluation, and computational analysis and simulation to computational materials optimization.

The faculty and students in the program work on a range of problems focusing frequently on a mix of experimental understanding and characterization, theoretical modeling and simulation, numerical analysis, and modeling and simulation. These activities are supported through a broad range of experimental facilities including laboratories for computational fluid and solid mechanics and thermodynamics; micro-mechanics, fabrication and combustion; robotics and mechatronics; rapid solidification; thin films; x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy; atomic force microscopy; biomaterial and mechanotranduction; tissue and arterial mechanics; nontraditional manufacturing; dynamics and vibrations; nondestructive evaluation and ultrasonics; organic and nano-electronics; polymer composites and advanced fibers; polymer mechanics and 3D printing; power systems; surface mechanics and tribology; trauma mechanics.

Students entering the program with a B.S. degree can either enter an M.S. program or directly start a Ph.D. program, with the option of obtaining an M.S. on the way to completing their Ph.D. Students in the program at the M.S. level can also select from a broad range of specializations.

Courses and More

Students in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Eveline Baesu
Solid Mechanics; Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
John Barton
Laser Beam Particle Interactions; Acoustics; Electromagnetic Wave Theory; High Temperature Gas Dynamics
Ram Bishu
Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
Florin Bobaru
Damage and Fracture with Peridynamics; Modeling of Corrosion Damage and Stress Corrosion Cracking; Failure in Heterogeneous Materials; Dynamics of Granular Materials; Optimization of Material Composition and Optimal Shape Design
Kevin Cole
Analytical Methods via Internet; Biomedical Devices; Fluid-Flow Sensors; Inverse Problems
Yuris Dzenis
Multi-Domain Networks; Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Models
Shane Farritor
Robotic Highway Safety Markers; Miniature Surgical Robots; Real-Time Measurement of Track Stiffness; Planetary Cliff Descent Using Cooperative Robots
Ruqiang Feng
Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Materials
Lucia Fernandez-Ballester
Processing and Flow-Induced Crystallization of Polymers; Biopolymers; Self-Assembly and Micro/Nanostructures in Polymers and Supramolecules; Syncrhotron X-ray Scattering; Optical Birefringence; Polarized Microscopy; Differential Scanning Calorimetry
George Gogos
Transport Phenomena in Vaporizing and Combusting Sprays; Thermal Processes in DNA Multiplication; Laser and Materials Interactions
Linxia Gu
Interface Mechanics using Measurement-Calibrated Computational Approach, including Fluid-Structure Interaction, Hierarchical Tissue- Medical Implant Interface; Nano/Micro Fiber/Fiber and Fiber/Cell Interface
M. Susan Hallbeck
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis: Development of Laparoscopic Surgical Tools; Methodology Standardization For Operating Room Medical Device Usability; Development of Neutron Detection Sensors
Jeff Hawks
Surgical Robotics; Agricultural Robotics; Biomechanics; Autonomous Air and Ground Vehicles
Jinsong Huang
Organic Electronic Materials and Devices; Nanoelectronic Materials and Devices; Organic Magnetic Materials; Organic Spintronics; Energy Conversion and Storage
Jung Yul Lim
Regulate Cell Function and Fate via Applying Biomaterial Cues; Integrate Molecular Engineering of Key Signaling Molecules to Reveal the Role of Focal Adhesion, Cytoskeletal Tension, Cell-Cell Interaction, and Immune Response
Bernadette McCrory
Michael Nastasi
Ion-Solid Interactions; Irradiation Induced Phase Transformations; Ion Irradiation and Plasma Modification; Ion Beam Analysis, Synthesis and Properties of High Strength Nanolayered Composites, and Surface Mechanical Properties
Sidy Ndao
Micro/Nano Systems Energy Conversion; Storage and Power Generation; Two-Phase Heat Transfer in Micro and Nano Domains; Microscale Combustion; Microfluidics & Functional Nanofluids; Biomems & Bioheat Transfer; Surface & Interface Science
Mehrdad Negahban
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Carl Nelson
Mechanical Systems Design and Analysis; Medical Robotics; Modularity in Mechanical Systems; Graph-Theoretic Techniques in Robotics and Mechanical Systems Design
Dmitry Oleynikov
Laparoscopic and Esophageal Surgery; Esophageal Motility; Robotic Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Kamlakar Rajurkar
Advanced Machining of Materials Used in Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Device Industries
John Reid
Crashworthiness of Vehicles; Roadside Safety; Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
Sangjin Ryu
Experimental Investigations of Multi-Scale Phenomena of Fluid Flow and Cellular Mechanics and their Applications in Engineering Systems; Breast cancer stem Cell Regulation by ECM mechanics; Biophysical Mechanism of Calcium-Based Cell Motility
Jeffrey Shield
Microstructural Development; Nanoscale Materials; Magnetic Materials; Electron Microscopy; X-ray Diffraction
Cody Stolle
Wire Rope Models; Box Beam End Terminals; Cable Barrier Systems
Wieslaw Szydlowski
Dynamics of Machinery; Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms; Computer Simulation of Mechanical Systems
Li Tan
Nanofabrication; Monolayers for Virus Detection; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Polymer Thin Films
Benjamin Terry
Biomedical Research; Medical Therapeutics, Devices, and Surgical Tools; Intuitive, Ambulatory Biosensors; Biomechanical Behavior of Tissues and Organs
C. W. Solomon To
Sound and Vibration Studies; Solid and Computational Mechanics; System Dynamics and Controls
Joseph Turner
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Tim Wei
Fluid Dynamics; Role of Fluid-Structure Interactions of Vocal Folds in Voice Production; Multiscale Modeling of Atherogenesis; Interaction of Fluid Stresses on Bacterial Biofilm Growth and Evolution
Robert Williams
Abrasive Flow Machining; Nontraditional Finishing Processes; Rapid Prototyping; Tooling
Jiashi Yang
Electromechanical Materials and Devices
Zhaoyan Zhang
Numerical and Experimental Study of the Laser-Induced Plasma and Its Application to Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films; Numerical Modeling of Diesel Particulate Filters and Other After-Treatment Devices; Blast Wave Mitigation Devices

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