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Graduate Program

Mechanical Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that includes the traditional areas of solid and fluid mechanics and the transport phenomena associated with processes related to design, fabrication, and analysis of mechanical devices and systems. Today, Mechanical Engineers develop applications in biomedical, space, energy, materials, computational sciences, and many other fields. The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Program at UC Merced offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for M.S. and Ph.D.-seeking students who want to be at the forefront of new methods of solving mechanical problems at various length and time scales. Research projects are available on topics ranging from fundamental mathematical methods to advanced applications, and coursework will provide a background in the latest techniques in analytical, computational, and experimental methods in Mechanical Engineering.

Mission Statement

The graduate program in Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to the education of a new generation of mechanicists and researchers of areas related to mechanical engineering who aim to master the fundamentals of the mechanical sciences -- which include disciplines such as continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, energy conversion, etc. -- while being exposed to the forefront of research techniques, methodologies and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society (green energy, mechanical modeling and synthesis, robotics and mechatronics, control systems, etc.).

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.

 

View the ME digital brochure

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.