Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor working with student on mechanical engineering research

Program Overview

Offered through the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prepares rising scholars and researchers to contribute positively to the mechanical and aerospace engineering fields.

Students work closely with a faculty advisor to explore ideas in areas such as mobile robots, defense and environmental monitoring, smart materials, plasma-based methods for reinforcing industrial plastics in transportation vehicles and beyond.

Top research areas of the department:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Design of mechanical engineering systems
  • Fluid mechanics, thermal sciences and energy
  • Industrial engineering
  • Solid mechanics and materials science
  • Structures and dynamics
  • Robotics, mechatronics and controls

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Faculty Advisor & Research Area

It is highly recommended that prospective doctoral students determine a faculty member in the department with whom they would like to work under, as well as the research area of interest.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution.
    • If applicant has obtained a master’s degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0) is required.
    • If applicant has only obtained a bachelor’s degree, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a programming language.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.