Engineering (PHD) - Materials Engineering

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.

See Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics for complete information.

Admission Requirements

  • Entrance exam(s):
    • Domestic Applicants:  None, unless the previous program is not ABET accredited then a GRE score is required
    • International Applicants: GRE
    • Note: Department recommends a minimum GRE score of 305 with a quantitative score of 155.
  • Statement of Purpose including research interests and objectives
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Graduate Chair

Jian Wang


Kathie Hiatt

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