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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degrees Offered: M.Eng, M.S., Ph.D.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers degree programs at both the master's and doctoral levels. The department offers studies leading to specialization in the following six concentrations: fluid and thermal science, mechanics, materials science, design and manufacturing, dynamic systems and control, and ocean engineering. 


Admission Requirements

A bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering is normally required for admission to the graduate program in mechanical engineering. Students from other disciplines may also be admitted to the program. However, in order to be properly prepared for graduate-level coursework, these students must have taken the equivalent of the UNH mechanical engineering undergraduate core courses listed below. Students who are deficient in three or fewer courses may be admitted to the department on a provisional basis. Students who are deficient in more than three courses must apply and enroll as an undergraduate student until they meet the core course requirement. It is department policy that engineering courses taken as part of an engineering technology program are generally not considered equivalent to any of the courses listed below. The decision on equivalence for any courses taken at an institution other than UNH is at the discretion of the Graduate Committee of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Core courses required for admission to the M.S. in mechanical engineering degree program:

Mathematics and Physics Courses:
MATH 425, Calculus I; MATH 426, Calculus II; MATH 527, Differential Equations; MATH 528, Multi-Dimensional Calculus; PHYS 407, General Physics; PHYS 408, General Physics II

Mechanics Courses:
ME 525, Mechanics I; ME 526, Mechanics II; ME 627, Mechanics III; ME 643, Elements of Design

Thermal Sciences:
ME 503, Thermodynamics; ME 608, Fluid Mechanics; ME 603, Heat Transfer

Other Courses:
ME 561, Materials Science; ME 670, Systems Modeling and Controls; EE 537, Circuits and Signals


Degree Requirements

Master of Science
Each candidate must complete 24 semester hours of coursework, 8 semester hours of ME 899, Master's Thesis, and defend a thesis. The coursework must include at least two 900-level courses of 3 or more credits each. A “B” average (3.00 GPA) with no grade below “B-” is required in all the coursework. No more than 12 credit hours from UNH graduate courses (8 credit hours from non-UNH graduate courses) taken prior to admission to the Graduate School may be applied to the master's degree. Note: an oral examination (thesis defense) covering the candidate's graduate work is conducted and a thesis is prepared in accordance with the Graduate School rules.

All full-time graduate students are required to attend a weekly Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar and make one presentation per year.

Master of Engineering
Each candidate must complete 28 semester hours of coursework, 4 semester hours of ME 992, Master's Project, and present a project. Two 900-level courses of at least 3 credits each must be taken in addition to ME 992. Individuals who can demonstrate accomplishments from professional engineering experience comparable to that expected from a master's project may petition the department to substitute an additional 900-level course for the ME 992, Master's Project requirement. A “B” average (3.00 GPA) with no grade below “B-” is required in all the coursework. No more than 12 credit hours from UNH graduate courses (8 credit hours from non-UNH graduate courses) taken prior to admission to the Graduate School may be applied to the master's degree. A written report and an oral presentation of the project are required. The format of the project report is determined by the candidate’s research advisor. Master of engineering students are usually not eligible for a research or teaching assistantship.

All full-time graduate students are required to attend a weekly M.E. Graduate Seminar and make one presentation per year.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Following admission into the program, a temporary research adviser and a guidance committee consisting of three professors including the research adviser are appointed for the student by the graduate coordinator. The student's research adviser assists in outlining the student's course of study and may specify individual coursework requirements.

A student entering with a B.S. degree must successfully complete at least twelve 3- or 4-credit courses with five at the 900 level. Students entering with an M.S. degree in engineering are required to take a minimum of five 3- or 4-credit courses with three at the 900 level. This course requirement represents the department's minimum for any Ph.D. student. Students normally take more than the required number. Further course requirements are identified by the student's area of concentration and by the guidance committee. The guidance committee also administers the qualifying examination. Upon successful completion of required coursework and the qualifying examination, the student may advance to candidacy. A doctoral committee may be appointed once candidacy has been attained. The committee will have at least five members.

Each Ph.D. candidate must conduct research of sufficient originality and significance to warrant the awarding of the Ph.D. degree. The final examination (oral defense) is the defense of the student's dissertation. This will be scheduled in accordance with the Graduate School rules. The candidate will be informed of the results of the defense by the dissertation chair.

All full-time graduate students are required to attend a weekly M.E. Graduate Seminar and make one presentation per year.