Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • 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

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Professor Mehdrad Negahban
  • Graduate Secretary
    Mrs. Kathie J. Hiatt
  • Department 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
  • Statement of Purpose including research interests and objectives
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Use GAMES for online submission of materials.
For more detailed information on department requirements visit the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics department website.

Application Deadline

   Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged for financial consideration, contact the department for more information.

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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

Solid Mechanics; Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
Laser Beam Particle Interactions; Acoustics; Electromagnetic Wave Theory; High Temperature Gas Dynamics
Ergonomics; Quality Control; Information Processing; Design and Experiments; and Statistics
Meshless Methods; Shape and Material Optimization of Solids; Functionally Graded Materials
Web-Based Interactive Green's Functions; Hot Film Sensors; Heat Conduction Models; Inverse Problems and Design Optimal Experiments
Nanomaterials; Nanomanufacturing
Miniature Surgical Robotics; Biomechanics; Biomedical Device Design
Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Materials
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
Transport Phenomena in Vaporizing and Combusting Sprays; Thermal Processes in DNA Multiplication; Laser and Materials Interactions
Computational Mechanics With Experimental Validation; Multiscale Modeling; Fluid-Structure Interaction; Material Characterization; Traumatic Brain Injury; Vascular Mechanics; Minimally Invasive Medical Device Design
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis: Development of Laparoscopic Surgical Tools, Methodology Standardization For Operating Room Medical Device Usability, Development of Neutron Detection Sensors
Surgical Robotics; Agricultural Robotics; Biomechanics; Autonomous air and ground vehicles
Organic Electronic Materials and Devices; Nanoelectronic Materials and Devices; Organic Magnetic Materials; Organic Spintronics; Energy Conversion and Storage
Pathophysiology and treatment of traumatic brain injury
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Cell Responses to Biomaterials and Biophysical Signals; Biomaterial Surface Engineering and Patterning Tools; Biomechanics and Biomaterials; Cell Mechanotransduction; Nano-Materials and Nano-Structures; Fibers and Nano-Fibers
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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
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
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Robotics and Mechanical Systems
Laparoscopic and Esophageal Surgery; Esophageal Motility; Robotic Surgery
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Miniature Surgical Robotics; Biomedical Sensors; Cooperative Unmanned Air and Ground Robots
Advancid Machining of Materials Used in Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Device Industries
Crashworthiness of Vehicles; Roadside Safety; Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
Experimental Investigations of Multi-Scale Phenomena of Fluid Flow and Cellular Mechanics and their Applications in Engineering Systems
Microstructural Development; Nanoscale Materials; Magnetic Materials; Electron Microscopy; X-ray Diffraction
Dynamics of Machinery; Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms; Computer Simulation of Mechanical Systems
Nanofabrication; Monolayers for Virus Detection; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Polymer Thin Films
Biomedical Research; Medical Therapeutics, Devices, and Surgical Tools; Intuitive, Ambulatory Biosensors; Biomechanical Behavior of Tissues and Organs
Sound and Vibration Studies; Solid and Computational Mechanics; System Dynamics and Controls
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Fluid Dynamics
Abrasive Flow Machining; Nontraditional Finishing Processes; Rapid Prototyping; Tooling
Electromechanical Materials and Devices
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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