Mechanical Engineering with Concentration in Thermofluids, MSME

While pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, students may choose thermofluids as a concentration. Some of the representative research areas under this concentration may include thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, kinetic theory of gases, thermophoresis of aerosols; microscale heat transfer phenomena and its effects on laser beam propagation; fundamentals of combustion such as burning speed and onset of auto-ignition measurement and flame stability analysis; development of chemistry reduction such as rate-controlled constrained-equilibrium method; nonequilibrium thermodynamics; energy and gas turbine cooling technology, turbine blade cooling; and energy-related and calorimeter studies related to pharmaceutical developments. Our research and teaching together seek to prepare students to understand and exploit thermofluids to enable their future engineering innovations.

General Degree Requirements

To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science in engineering, science, mathematics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved course work (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum GPA of 3.000. Students may pursue any program either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.

Students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete an 8-semester-hour thesis. Other students may choose to complete their degree by pursuing a thesis, project, or course work option. Students who complete thesis option must make a presentation of their thesis before approval by the department.

Special Course Requirements

All MIE MS students in thesis or project options (excluding MS students in engineering management and Gordon Engineering Leadership programs) must complete Technical Writing (MEIE 6800) and Research Seminar in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MEIE 6850), preferably during the first year of their full-time study. If appropriate, part-time students may petition the graduate affairs committee to waive these requirements. Students in combined BS/MS programs must take Research Seminar in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MEIE 6850) as part of their course work requirement, while Technical Writing (MEIE 6800) is optional for these students.

All MIE graduate students are also required to complete a brief online session on Responsible Conduct of Research and Plagiarism in one of these courses. Outcome of the online session will be filed with the student’s records

Academic and Research Advisors

All nonthesis students are advised by the academic advisor designated for their respective concentration or program. Students doing thesis option must find a research advisor within their first year of study and may have thesis reader(s) at the discretion of their research advisor. The research advisor must be a full-time or jointly appointed faculty or affiliated member of the MIE department; otherwise, a petition must be filed and approved by the MIE graduate affairs committee. If the research advisor is outside the MIE department, a faculty member with 50 percent or more appointments in the MIE department must be chosen as co-advisor. Thesis option students are advised by the academic advisor of their concentration before they select their research advisor(s).

Plan of Study and Course Selection

It is recommended that all new students attend orientation sessions held by the MIE department and the Graduate School of Engineering to acquaint themselves with the course work requirements and research activities of the department as well as with the general policies, procedures, and expectations.

In order to receive proper guidance with their course work needs, all MS students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a fully signed Plan of Study (PS) to the department before enrolling in second-semester courses. This form helps the students manage their course work as well as helps the department to plan for requested course offerings. The PS may be modified at any time as students progress in their degree programs. However, requests for changes in PS must be processed before the requested change actually takes place. A revised PS form must also be approved and signed.

Each student’s academic advisor must approve all courses prior to registration. Students may only use courses taken with the approval of the academic advisor toward the 32-semester-hour minimum requirement. However, students may petition the MIE graduate affairs committee to substitute graduate-level courses from outside the approved list of electives.

Students pursuing study or research under the guidance of a faculty member can choose project option by taking Master’s Project (ME 7945). An MS project must be petitioned to the MIE graduate affairs committee and approved by both faculty member (instructor) and the academic (concentration) advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. 

Students doing course work option may petition the MIE graduate affairs committee to substitute up to a 4-semester-hour Independent Study (ME 7978). An independent study must be approved by the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Students in other options (i.e. thesis or project) are not eligible to take independent study.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Thermofluids with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Thermofluids in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Thermofluids technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

ME 6200Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 14
or ME 6201 Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 2
ME 7270General Thermodynamics4
ME 7275Essentials of Fluid Dynamics4
ME 7285Heat Conduction and Thermal Radiation4
or ME 7290 Convective Heat Transfer
Thermofluids Concentration Course
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Solar Thermal Engineering
Gas Turbine Combustion
Aerodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics
Multiscale Flow and Transport Phenomena
Combustion and Air Pollution
Fundamentals of Combustion
Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
Turbulent Flow
Turbomachinery Design

Options

Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Solar Thermal Engineering
Gas Turbine Combustion
Aerodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics
Multiscale Flow and Transport Phenomena
Combustion and Air Pollution
Fundamentals of Combustion
Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
Turbulent Flow
Turbomachinery Design
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
ME, MATL, or other graduate engineering course

Project Option 

ME 7945Master’s Project4
MEIE 6800Technical Writing0
MEIE 6850Research Seminar in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering0
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Solar Thermal Engineering
Gas Turbine Combustion
Aerodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics
Multiscale Flow and Transport Phenomena
Combustion and Air Pollution
Fundamentals of Combustion
Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer
Turbulent Flow
Turbomachinery Design
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
ME, MATL, or other graduate engineering course

Thesis Option 

ME 7990Thesis 18
MEIE 6800Technical Writing0
MEIE 6850Research Seminar in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering0
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
ME, MATL, or other graduate engineering course

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32-36 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

1

Required for all students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship