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Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering with Dissertation in Intelligent Energetic Systems

The Mechanical Engineering Department administers the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering with Dissertation in Intelligent Energetic Systems for those students wanting to pursue a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering. This degree program allows students to focus their studies on the intersection of explosives/energetics and smart systems engineering. Graduates of the program are expected to seek employment within the defense, energy, and aerospace industries, and develop into research & development leaders in these fields. Applicants to the program are expected to hold a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Applicants with a B.S. degree in a related Engineering or Science field will be considered, however, these applicants must demonstrate competence in mathematics and the basic undergraduate mechanics offered in a typical mechanical engineering curriculum, such as differential equations, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, and engineering dynamics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering:

    A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree is required for the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with Dissertation in Intelligent Energetic Systems.

Degree Requirements (Fall 2016)

  • Core Specialization Courses - 27 credit hours (9 credit hours from each core segment):

    • Energetics core segment: MENG 545 Introduction to Explosives Engineering, MENG 546 Detonation Theory, MENG 549 Wave Propagation, MENG 550 Advanced Explosives Engineering, MENG 552 Explosives Technology and Applications, MENG 589 Impact Dynamics, ME 548 Rock Fracturing and Fragmentation by Explosives, CHEM 540 The Chemistry of Energetic Materials.

    • Intelligent Systems core segment: MENG 544 Modern Control Theory, MENG 548 Manipulator based Robotics, MENG 567 Smart Engineering Systems, MENG 570 Advanced Mechatronics, MENG 572 Sensor Technology, MENG 574 Electrical Measurements of Non-Electrical Quantities, EE 551 Discrete-Time Signal Processing, Filtering, and Estimation, CSE 568 Intelligent Systems

    • Fundamental Science and Engineering core segment: MENG 515 Theory of Elasticity, MENG 575 Advanced Engineering Mathematics, MENG 577 Advanced Fluid Mechanics, MENG 578 Advanced Thermodynamics, MENG 579 Advanced Heat Transfer, MATE 530 Design and Analysis of Experiments, PHYS 509 Methods of Theoretical Physics.

  • Elective Courses — 9 credit hours of elective courses as approved by the graduate advisory committee.

  • Out of Department courses - 6 credit hours of approved upper-division or
    graduate course work from another department. The advisory committee may
    determine that a student's previous academic experience has provided breadth
    and may recommend modification of this requirement.

  • Directed Study — A maximum of 9 credit hours of Directed Study can be used to satisfy degree requirements. Coursework must be taken for a letter grade if used to fulfill degree requirements.

  • Dissertation Research — 24 credit hours. A student must prepare and submit a Ph.D. Dissertation to his/her advisory committee for approval in accordance with the general requirements of the graduate school.

  • Graduate Seminar — Students must take MENG 585, Graduate Seminar, each semester offered if the student is in residence. Distance‐education and part-time students are required to take three semesters of MENG 585. Three credits of MENG 585 may be used to fulfill degree requirements. MENG 585 must be taken for a letter grade if used to fulfill degree requirements.

Students holding the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (or closely related discipline) may petition to have the coursework requirements reduced to a minimum of 48 hours beyond the Master’s degree.
Students are encouraged to check the University Catalog for prior/current degree requirements.

In addition to coursework requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying and candidacy examinations. Students must also successfully present and defend their dissertation, and publish dissertation research in a peer-reviewed journal.

Applications are currently being accepted for admission to the PhD program. Applications are due by January 15 for Fall admission and by September 15 for Spring admission. To apply please visit the NMT Graduate School page

The Graduate School is currently updating the online application process for the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering. While the update is being processed, applicants should select the MS in Mechanical Engineering, then state in the application materials that the application is for the PhD in Mechanical Engineering and submit the following additional materials with the application. Please also email Dr. Jamie Kimberley, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator to ensure the application is properly classified.