Academic Catalog


Doctor of Philosophy Engineering with a Concentration in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy programs in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering are advanced research degrees requiring a written dissertation offering new and unique contributions of a fundamental nature. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in the many facets of engineering including teaching, research and development, design, and consulting. Doctoral students may select specializations in such technical areas as:

  • aerodynamics and fluids
  • thermodynamics and energy
  • dynamics and controls
  • materials and structures
  • design and manufacturing

Students are also encouraged to select complementary courses in other engineering or science disciplines. The University’s close associations with area industries, consulting firms, government agencies, and research laboratories create a stimulating environment for the pursuit of graduate studies.