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  Nov 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, MSME


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Design  Concentration
Thermal Fluids  Concentration

 
 

Program Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree with a major in mechanical engineering. The M.S.E. program is broad in scope and emphasizes portable concepts in the design and analysis of complex physical systems using modeling, synthesis, and optimization techniques, and bridges interdisciplinary engineering areas such as controls, robotics, electronics, and communications. A Ph.D. in engineering with an emphasis in mechanical engineering disciplines is also available. For details, see Engineering Ph.D. program.

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. mechanical program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT). In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized tests scores where applicable.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering,
  • Demonstrate engineering competency in one of two concentration areas: design or thermofluids,
  • Recognize the need for life‐long learning,
  • Demonstrate  their  ability  to  communicate  engineering  ideas  and techniques, and
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.

For additional information:

Concentrations



Design


Program Requirements:


Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.
  2. At least 24 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be in engineering or computer engineering courses, and at least 18 of these must be engineering courses.
  3. At least 18 of above 24 credit hours must be courses numbered above 7000.
  4. The program of study must include MTH 5040 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics .
  5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. For students choosing the thesis option, nine (9) credit hours of ME 7950 - Thesis  are required and will count toward the degree requirements outlined above in item #s 2 and 3. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
  6. Students who elect the non-thesis option must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from an approved list to replace thesis credits. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of independent study ME 7990 .

Dept Core and Electives


I. Core Courses


II. Math Course: 3 Hours


III. Elective Courses: 9 Hours


Elective courses at the graduate level

IV. Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 9 Hours


Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option

  • Additional 7000 level courses
Note(s):

Students who elect to do the non-thesis option must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from an approved list to replace thesis credits. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of independent study ME 7990 .

Total: 30 Hours


Research/Areas of Expertise:


Research in mechanical engineering spans several exciting areas. There is a large program in design optimization addressing large structures, die shapes, flight trajectories, and other applications. Work is also being done in structural dynamics areas including vehicle suspensions and turbine blades. Mechanical design studies include the characterization of carbon-carbon composites. Fluid dynamics research is being conducted both experimentally and via computer computation (CFD). Projects include study of flows in turbine engines and reciprocating compressors. There is also a large thermal science program in the analysis and application of heat pipes and related devices.

Research at Wright State is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals and personal computers.



Thermal Fluids


Program Requirements:


Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.
  2. At least 24 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be in engineering or computer engineering courses, and at least 18 of these must be engineering courses.
  3. At least 18 of above 24 credit hours must be courses numbered above 7000.
  4. The program of study must include MTH 5040 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics .
  5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. For students choosing the thesis option, nine (9) credit hours of ME 7950 - Thesis  are required and will count toward the degree requirements outlined above in item #s 2 and 3. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
  6. Students who elect the non-thesis option must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from an approved list to replace thesis credits. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of independent study ME 7990 .

Dept Core and Electives


I. Core Courses


Thermofluids: 9 Hours

Must choose three (3) courses from the list below:

II. Math Course: 3 Hours


III. Elective Courses: 9 Hours


Elective courses at the graduate level

IV. Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 9 Hours


Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option

  • Additional 7000 level courses
Note(s):

Students who elect to do the non-thesis option must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from an approved list to replace thesis credits. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of independent study ME 7990 .

Total: 30 Hours


Research/Areas of Expertise:


Research in mechanical engineering spans several exciting areas. There is a large program in design optimization addressing large structures, die shapes, flight trajectories, and other applications. Work is also being done in structural dynamics areas including vehicle suspensions and turbine blades. Mechanical design studies include the characterization of carbon-carbon composites. Fluid dynamics research is being conducted both experimentally and via computer computation (CFD). Projects include study of flows in turbine engines and reciprocating compressors. There is also a large thermal science program in the analysis and application of heat pipes and related devices.

Research at Wright State is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals and personal computers.

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