Mechanical Engineering - 2012-2014 Graduate Catalog - UT Dallas
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Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Faculty

Professors: Xin-Lin Gao, Hongbing Lu, Mario Rotea
Associate Professor: Yaoyu Li
Assistant Professors: Wonjae Choi, Fatemeh Hassanipour, Wooram Park, Yonas Tadesse, Walter Voit
Senior Lecturer: Oziel Rios
AFFILIATED FACULTY
Professors: Ray Baughman, Andrew J. Blanchard, Gerry Burnham, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Yves J. Chabal, Bruce E. Gnade, Matthew Goeckner, Robert Helms, Louis R. Hunt (Emeritus), Moon J. Kim, Jeong-Bong Lee, Mark. W. Spong, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, Robert M. Wallace, Steve Yurkovich
Associate Professors: Gerald O. Burnham, Kyeongjae Cho, Wenchuang (Walter) Hu, Jiyoung Kim

Objectives

The program leading to the M.S.M.E. degree provides advanced studies for both recent baccalaureate graduates and experienced engineers in the following core areas: control & dynamic systems, manufacturing & design innovation, mechanics & materials, and thermal & fluid sciences. It is designed to serve the needs of mechanical engineers for advanced skills in industry and provides the foundation for a Ph.D. degree in engineering or closely related discipline.

Facilities

The Engineering and Computer Science Building and the new Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory provide extensive facilities for teaching and research. These include wind tunnels, material test systems, nanoindenter, impact facilities, ultra-high speed camera, DMA, XPS, FTIR, NMR, TGA, DSC, XRD, µ-Raman, Fluorescence Spectrometer, FIB/SEM, and TEM. A Class 10000 microelectronics clean room facility, including e-beam lithography, sputter deposition, PECVD, LPCVD, etch, ash and evaporation, is available for student projects and research.

In addition to the facilities on campus, cooperative arrangements have been established with many local industries to make their facilities available to U.T. Dallas graduate engineering students.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Admission Requirements

The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.

A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in mechanical engineering must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate adviser and the course instructor.

A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.

The student entering the M.S.M.E. program should meet the following guidelines:

         An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in mechanical engineering from an accredited engineering program,

         A grade point average in upper-division quantitative course work of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale, and

         GRE scores of 500, 700 and 4 for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate’s potential for success in pursuing a program of study leading to the master’s degree. Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate’s background, education and professional goals. Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, additional course work may be necessary to complete the master’s program.

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The M.S.M.E. requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

All students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. These are based upon the student’s choice of concentration, Dynamic Systems & Controls (DSC), Manufacturing & Design Innovation (MDI), Mechanics & Materials (MM), Thermal & Fluid Sciences (TFS)). Courses taken without advisor approval will not count towards the 33 semester-hour requirement. Successful completion of an approved course of studies leads to the M.S.M.E. degree.

The M.S.M.E. program has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. All part-time M.S.M.E. students will be assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those wishing to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor.

All full-time, supported students are required to participate in the thesis option. The thesis option requires six semester hours of research, a written thesis submitted to the graduate school, and a formal public defense of the thesis. The supervising committee administers this defense and is chosen in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser prior to enrolling for thesis credit. Research and thesis hours cannot be counted in a M.S.M.E. degree plan unless a thesis is written and successfully defended.

M.S.M.E.

All students must take one designated core course from each of the four core concentrations on Mechanical Engineering, MECH 6300, MECH 6303, MECH 6306, MECH 6307. Only grades of B- or better are acceptable in these four required core courses. In addition, students must take at least 3 courses from one concentration area and four graduate level electives subject to approval by a graduate adviser.

CORE CONCENTRATIONS

Main Concentration courses

(All students must take these courses)

Students must take at least 3 courses from one concentration area.

Dynamic Systems & Controls (DSC)

ME6300 Linear Systems

MECH 6311 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations

MECH 6312(EESC 6349)  Random Processes

MECH 6313 (EEGR 6336) Nonlinear Systems

MECH 6314 (SYSM 6306, BMEN 6372) Engineering Systems: Modeling & Simulation

MECH 6323 (SYSE 6323) Robust Control

MECH 6324 Robot Control

MECH 6v29 Special topics in CDS

Manufacturing & Design Innovation (MDI)

MECH 6303 Computer Aided Design

MECH 6330 Multiscale Design & Optimization

MECH 6333 Materials Design & Manufacturing

MECH 6334 Smart Materials and Structures

MECH 6341 (EEMF 6348, MSEN 6348) Lithography & Nanofabrication

MECH 6347 Intro to MEMS (EEMF6382)

MECH 6348 Semiconductor Processing Technology (EEMF 6322; MSEN 6322)

MECH 6v49 topics in MDI

Mechanics & Materials (MM)

MECH 6306 Continuum Mechanics

MECH 6350 Advanced Solid Mechanics

MECH6353 Computational Mechanics

MECH 6354 Experimental Mechanics

MECH 6355 Viscoelasticity

MECH 6367 Mechanical Properties of Materials

MECH 6368 Imperfections in Solids (MSEN 6350)

MECH 6v69 Special topics in MM

Thermal & Fluid Sciences (TFS)

MECH 6307 Thermal & Energy Principles

MECH 6370 Fluid Mechanics

MECH 6371 Computational Fluid Dynamics

MECH 6384 Applied Heat Transfer

MECH 5383 Plasma Processing (EEMF5383 Phys5383; MSEN 5383; PHYS 5383)

MECH 6380 Advanced Heat Transfer

MECH 6383 Plasma Science (EEMF6383, PHYS6383)

MECH 6v89 Special topics in TFS

Common Math courses

 

MECH 6391 Computational Methods (EEGR6381)

Dynamic Systems and Controls (DSC)

This concentration is focused on the fundamental principles of the control of dynamic systems.

Each student electing this concentration must take three prescribed elective courses within this concentration and four free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 6311, MECH 6312, MECH 6313, MECH 6314, MECH 6323, MECH 6324, MECH 6V29.

Manufacturing & Design Innovation (MDI)

This concentration is focused on the fundamental principles of design, fabrication and analysis of complex mechanical systems.

Each student electing this concentration must take three prescribed elective courses within this concentration and four free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 6330, MECH 6333, MECH 6334, MECH 6341, MECH 6347, MECH 6348, MECH 6V49.

Mechanics & Materials (MM)

This concentration emphasizes the fundamentals of Mechanics and Materials.

Each student electing this concentration must take three prescribed elective courses within this concentration and four free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 6350, MECH 6353, MECH 6354, MECH 6355, MECH 6367, MECH 6368, MECH 6V69.

Thermal & Fluid Sciences (TFS)

This concentration emphasizes the fundamentals of Thermal and Fluid Sciences.

Each student electing this concentration must take three prescribed elective courses within this concentration and four free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 5383, MECH 6370, MECH 6371, MECH 6380, MECH 6384, MECH 6383, MECH 6V29.

Last Updated: April 9, 2013