Prospective Students

Why choose Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced?

Mechanical engineering research impacts society through the development of innovative technologies and methods that cover a variety of theoretical and applied fields. Graduate studies in mechanical engineering will enhance your understanding of physical phenomena and will provide you with modern analytical tools for the design and synthesis of mechanical components and systems. Mechanical engineering is a rich field of discovery and an evolving discipline that continuously adapts to tackle current and challenging problems.

Some of the current areas of research explored by our faculty Computational Continuum Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls, Materials and Nanotechnology, Innovative Design, Mechatronics, Embedded Systems & Automation, Plasmas & Fluid Mechanics, Radiative Heat Transfer, Solar Concentration, Sustainable Water & Energy Technologies,Thermal & Electrochemical Energy Devices, Thermal Science and Energy, Conversion, and Tribology. See more information about these exciting topics on our Research Areas page.

At UC Merced, you will be exposed to rigorous courses on the fundamental areas of mechanics (including mathematics) as well as specific research areas for which our faculty are among the leading world experts (e.g., non-imaging optics, radiation transfer, variable order mechanics, robotics, control, motion planning, clean energy technologies, etc.) You will also have the chance to conduct research in both field- and lab-related environments where the most modern techniques and methodolgies are employed to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time.

For more information about the program as well as guidelines for admission, refer to the Mechanical Engineering Policies and Procedures.

**New this year: The ME program will reimburse the application fee to any students who are admitted and begin their graduate studies here next fall. ***

Mechanical Engineering Mission, Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the mechanical engineering research area at UC Merced is to provide a modern, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary educational experience to its students with the objective of preparing them for successful careers in the current and dynamically changing professional environment. To achieve this mission, the graduate emphasis in mechanical engineering strives to accomplish the following educational objectives:

Educational Objectives

  • To provide a solid background on the pertinent mathematical, physical, chemical and engineering concepts that make up the foundations of the broad disciplines of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, as well as on their closely associated fields;
  • To provide our students with the knowledge to correctly apply natural laws to the creative formulation and solution of engineering problems through the use of analytical, computational and experimental techniques;
  • To expand the reach of research in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics to non-traditional areas by continually seeking to incorporate new methodologies and research findings to our graduate curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, Ph.D. recipients in Mechanical Engineering:

  • Are able to identify significant research questions in mechanical engineering, and contextualize their research in the current literature of the field.
  • Are able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve a problem, and to design and implement a suitable solution.
  • Are able to design and conduct experiments and/or simulations of mechanical systems, and to analyze and evaluate these solutions in the context of existing technologies.
  • Have lifelong learning skills; are able to acquire and use new engineering techniques, skills, and tools for research and development in mechanical engineering, and to develop new methods and discover new knowledge.
  • Exhibit high professional standards in research, demonstrating objectivity, ethical conduct, and integrity.
  • Are able to communicate effectively through oral, visual, and written means, with a broad range of technical audiences.

Upon graduation, M.S. recipients in Mechanical Engineering, Plan 1 (thesis option):

  • Are able to conduct supervised research in mechanical engineering, and can contextualize this research in the current literature of the field.
  • Are able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to design and implement a solution, under appropriate guidance, to solve a problem.
  • Are able to conduct experiments and/or simulations of mechanical systems, and to analyze and evaluate these solutions in the context of existing technologies.
  • Have lifelong learning skills; under guidance, are able to acquire or create new engineering techniques, skills, and tools for research and development in mechanical engineering.
  • Exhibit professional standards in their work, demonstrating objectivity, ethical conduct, and integrity.
  • Are able to communicate effectively through oral, visual, and written means, with a broad range of technical audiences.

Upon graduation, M.S. recipients in Mechanical Engineering, Plan II (non-thesis option):

  • Are able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to design and implement a solution, under appropriate guidance, to solve a problem.
  • Are able to conduct experiments and/or simulations of mechanical systems, and to analyze and evaluate these solutions in the context of existing technologies.
  • Have lifelong learning skills; under guidance, are able to acquire or create new engineering techniques, skills, and tools for research and development in mechanical engineering.
  • Exhibit professional standards in their work, demonstrating objectivity, ethical conduct, and integrity.
  • Are able to communicate effectively through oral, visual, and written means, with a broad range of technical audiences.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
 
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
 
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, Ste KL 227
Merced, CA 95343

 

 
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