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More ENME Faculty Information

Mechanical Engineering (ENME)   

Program Title and Classification

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program

College: Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition, students may pursue a Master of Engineering degree through the Professional Master’s Program of the Office of Advanced Engineering Education. The Department’s instruction and research are carried out through the following four divisions: i) Design and Reliability of Systems; ii) Electronic Products and Systems; iii) Mechanics and Materials; and iv) Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences.

Design and Reliability of Systems (Formerly known as Design, Risk Assessment and Manufacturing) - The focus of this area of concentration is the study of: Product and process design and decision making; Manufacturing system modeling and automation; Manufacturing process modeling and control; Reliability and failure modes associated with specific semiconductor devices; Manufacturing technology designed specifically to meet high standards for yield and quality; Reliability test methods for various electronic or mechanical devices; Test screening of parts or systems to eliminate latent defects; Reliability and safety assessment tools for complex aerospace, nuclear, or chemical process systems.

Electronic Products and Systems - This area of concentration addresses the fundamental methods to attain more cost-effective and reliable electronic packaging. Areas of specialization include: Electronic packaging; Materials characterization; Acceleration testing; Condition monitoring; Computer aided life cycle engineering (CALCE).

Mechanics and Materials - This division concentrates on the study of analytical and experimental fundamentals of mechanics and materials. Areas of specialization include: Computational modeling; Control systems; Design, characterization, and manufacturing of materials; Elasticity; Experimental mechanics; Fracture mechanics; Linear and nonlinear mechanics; Micro-nano-bio systems; Noise and vibration control; Nonlinear dynamics; Robotics and intelligent machines; Smart structures.

Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences - This division encompasses two broad disciplines: thermal science and fluid mechanics. Areas of specialization include: Heat transfer; Combustion; Energy systems analysis; Hydrodynamics; Turbulence; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Reliability and Risk Engineering - This program covers aspects of engineering related to reliability and risk assessment. The primary areas of specialization include: Microelectronic reliability; Reliability analysis; Risk analysis; Software reliability.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Publications/Presentations

The programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are open to qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Admission may also be granted to students with degrees from other areas of engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. In some cases, students may be required to take undergraduate courses to fill gaps in their background.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 May15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis only: 30 credits

M.S. students are required to complete 24 credits of approved coursework with at least 15 credits from courses taken at the 600 level or above. In addition, students must complete six credits of ENME 799: Master's Thesis Research.

1. Design and Reliability of Systems

2. Electronic Products and Systems

3. Thermal-Fluid Sciences

4. Mechanics and Materials


Students enrolled in the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering must complete at least 30 credits for graduation. This includes 24 credits of approved coursework and 6 credits of M.S. Thesis Research. The M.S. Coursework Plan sets forth the courses required to be taken by the student in partial fulfillment of the M.S. degree requirements. The coursework plan must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor in the student's technical area of interest, and submitted to the Graduate Office (2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall) for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies at the beginning of the first semester of study. Changes to the plan are permitted, but must be approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies prior to their implementation. A new coursework plan reflecting the changes must be filed with the ME Graduate Office every time changes are made.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Minimum of 36 credits of coursework is required beyond the Bachelor's degree, in addition to 12 credits of ENME 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

2. The coursework plan should contain a minimum of six credits of courses in mathematics.

3. In addition, students must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have approved a Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters of passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research topic.


Students in the Ph.D. program must take a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework beyond the B.S. degree (a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation research. Students currently holding an M.S. from an approved engineering, math, or science program may apply up to 24 credits from their previous degree towards their doctoral coursework requirement. In addition, students must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have approved a Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters of passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research topic.
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Facilities and Special Resources

The department and college of engineering provide access to a wide variety of experimental and computing facilities. Selected department computer resources include approximately 100 networked PC systems and 100 UNIX workstations. In addition, an enriched CAD computing environment is provided through a large number of third-party software products, including computer aided design applications.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to highly qualified students in the form of research and teaching assistantships. The most outstanding applicants are offered fellowships. Students seeking financial assistance should submit with their applications a current resume or CV as well as a statement regarding their qualifications and/or past research or teaching experience. Financial assistance is sought for all worthy students. For example, the following fellowships are available for incoming Ph.D students; Dean’s Fellowships (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships (managed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering); University Fellowships administered by the Graduate School (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships); and LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. Current graduate students may also apply to the Clark School’s Future Faculty Fellows Program; Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School; Litton Fellowship (ME & ECE); and other internally awarded and administered fellowships and scholarships. Assistance is also available in identifying and applying for prestigious external fellowships. ARCS Fellowship.

Contact Statement

Detailed information regarding our graduate programs may be found on our website.



Coordinator of Graduate Studies/Tameka Boggs

Department of Mechanical Engineering

2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-4216

Fax: (301) 314-8015


Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies/Prof. Hugh A. Bruck

Department of Mechanical Engineering

2174 Glenn L. Martin Hall

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-8711

Fax: 301-314-9477


Director of Reliability Engineering Graduate Program/Prof. Mohammad Modarres

Department of Mechanical Engineering

0151 Glenn L. Martin Hall

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5226

Fax: (301) 314-9601


Associate Director of Graduate Studies/Kerri Poppler James

Department of Mechanical EngineeringCollege Park

2178 Glenn L. Martin Hall

College Park, MD, 20740

Telephone: 301-405-8601

Fax: 301-405-8015


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Design and Reliability of Systems (formerly known as Design, Risk Assessment and Manufacturing); Electronic Products and Systems; Mechanics and Materials; Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences