Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (90 cr)
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Computational Methods
    • Dynamics and Vibration
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Manufacturing
    • Materials Engineering
    • Metallurgy
    • Solid Mechanics
    • Systems, Design and Controls
    • Thermal Sciences
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational Methods
  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • 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

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Professor John Reid

Graduate Secretary
Mrs. Kathie J. Hiatt

Campus Address
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
W342 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0526

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Application checklist and deadlines

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  • 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, Nebraska'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
  • January 15 for Fall. September 15 for Spring. November 15 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


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

Faculty and research

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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

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 SurgeryUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center

Kamlakar Rajurkar

Advanced Machining of Materials Used in Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Device Industries

Prahalada Rao

Sensor-Based Monitoring and Diagnosis of Complex Bio-Physical and Manufacturing Processes; Ultraprecision Machining; Semiconductor Planarization, and Neurophysiology

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

Jian Wang

Interface Engineering: Improve Mechanical Properties and Irradiation Tolerance of Materials by Tailoring Interfaces in Solids

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

Ruiguo Yang

Nanorobotics, BioMEMS and Mechanobiology; Micro/Nanosytems for Cellular Engineering to Manipulate Cells Through Delivery of Biomolecules; Cell-Cell Interactions to Understand Mechanotransduction Under Physio/Pathological Conditions

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

Qin Zhou

Everyday Life Applications such as Making Better Earbuds with Nanomaterials, as well as Fundamental Sciences Such as the Lattice Vibration and Electronic Band Structure of Nanomaterials

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