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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Mechanical Engineering, MSME

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Cullen College of Engineering  > Department of Mechanical Engineering  > Mechanical Engineering, MSME

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an active graduate program encompassing advanced study and research in the major areas of dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, materials science and engineering, and theoretical and computational mechanics.  Current research topics include:

  • computational fluid dynamics applied to problems ranging from the circulatory system and to the dynamics of offshore platforms;
  • control of complex systems such as engine exhaust after-treatment, orbiting spacecraft, and structures built from smart materials;
  • health monitoring and design optimization applied to a range of structures from micro-scale devices to bridges;
  • biomedical research into biosensing, micro-scale bioreactors and health prognostics of the cardiovascular system;
  • experimental studies of turbulent flows occurring in energy systems and two-phase flows in micro-scale heat exchangers.

Research activities in nanomechanics include:

  • structure-property relationships
  • strain-quantum behavior in quantum dots
  • nanoscale piezoelectricity
  • the application of magnetic nanostructures to sensors and biomedical devices.

Our materials engineering activities are driven by applications of composite materials to wind turbines and offshore structures, ceramic components for aerospace systems, and superconducting materials for imaging and energy systems.

Admission Requirements

To be unconditionally admitted to the M.S. thesis or non-thesis program, an applicant should have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field, preferably from an accredited engineering program.
  • a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.00 on the last 60 semester credit hours attempted exclusive of grades received for activities such as seminars, physical education, industrial internships, etc.
  • an adequate score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE. However, 160 to 163 is a typical average score on the Quantitative section across all degree programs for an admission class.
  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency either through submission of qualifying test scores or completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States.  For more information, visit the International Graduate Students page.
  • three letters of rec­ommendation attesting to the student’s capacity to perform in the classroom and (for applicants to the thesis program) in a research capacity.  A minimum of two letters should be from tenure-track faculty members who have observed the academic performance of the applicant, and one can come from an engineering industry supervisor.
  • a statement of purpose that is consistent with the areas of instruction and (for applicants to the thesis program) the current research areas within the Department.  The “Application for Financial Aid and Statement of Purpose” form available on the Application section of this website allows the applicant to specify areas of interest, and it lists issues to address in the statement of purpose.
  • Submitted required, non-refundable application fee ($25 domestic students/$75 international students).

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

Program of Study for the M.S. Program with Thesis

The program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

Program of Study for the M.S. Program without Thesis

The program requires successful completion of 30 hours of course work distributed as follows:

  • Three hours of graduate-level mathematics satisfied by the first corse in one of these approved sequences:

  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 3.0
  • or  the two-course undergraduate sequence, MATH 4335 and 4336. The student must complete both courses (6 hours) to satisfy the requirement.

  • Eighteen hours from the MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of graduate seminar (MECE 6111) and Graduate Project (MECE 6368).
  • Nine hours at the 6000-level or above from any department in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Science and Mathematics.  A total of no more than six hours can be from each the Bauer College of Business and Law.  A total of no more than six hours can be from Petroleum Engineering, Subsea Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.  Three hours can be satisfied by completing the directed-study Graduate Project course, MECE 6368.  A statement of the intent of the directed study must be approved by petition to the Graduate Director prior to registration in MECE 6368.  A report describing the results of the project must be filed with, and archived by, the instructor at the end of the course.

Academic Policies

If a graduate course is dual-listed with an undergraduate 5000-level section, the student must enroll in the graduate section.  Approval of any course that falls outside of the description given here must be requested by petition to the Director of Graduate Studies.  Approval must be received prior to enrollment in the course.  Non-thesis students should not enroll in research or thesis courses (6x98, 6399, 7399).

The graduation requirements for this program are at least a 3.00-grade point average overall courses, and separately, at least a 3.00-grade point average on the twenty-one or more hours comprised of all MECE courses and the course(s) used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.

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