The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The program demands academic rigor and depth yet also addresses real-world engineering problems. The department has four areas of research activity that stem from the core fields of Mechanical Engineering: (1) Biomechanics, (2) Thermal Science and Engineering, (3) Solid Mechanics and Materials, and (4) Robotics, Automation, and Design (which includes elements from Computer Science, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering disciplines). Note that in many cases, individual research projects encompass more than one research area.
Biomechanics focuses on the application of engineering principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research activities include experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches with applications in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, computer assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient specific biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and bioinstrumentation. The Biomechanics group has strong research ties with other campus departments, the local medical community, and industry partners.
Robotics, Automation, and Design is an area at CSM that merges research in mechanical design, control systems, sensing, and mechatronics to develop automated and autonomous systems that can be used to carry out tasks that are dirty, dangerous, dull, or difficult.
Solid Mechanics and Materials investigations consider solid-state material behavior as it relates to microstructural evolution and control, nano-mechanics, functionally graded materials, biomaterial analysis and characterization, artificial biomaterial design, and fracture mechanics. Research in this area tends to have a strong computational component covering a broad range of length and time scales that include molecular dynamics, Finite element methods, discrete element methods, and boundary element methods. These tools are used to study a variety of material systems. Strong ties exist between this group and activities within the campus communities of physics, materials science, mathematics and chemical engineering.
Thermal Science and Engineering is a research area with a wide array of multidisciplinary applications including clean energy systems, materials processing, combustion, biofuels and renewable energy. Graduate students in this area typically specialize in Mechanical Engineering but also have the opportunity to specialize in interdisciplinary programs such as Materials Science.
The Mechanical Engineering department also offers five-year combined BS/MS degree programs. These programs offer an expedited graduate school application process and allow students to begin graduate coursework while still finishing their undergraduate degree requirements. This program is described in the undergraduate catalog. In addition, the five year program is offered in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Chemistry and allows students to obtain specific engineering skills that complement their physics or chemistry background. The Physics five-year program offers tracks in Mechanical Engineering. Details on these five-year programs can be found in the CSM Undergraduate Bulletin. Course schedules for these five-year programs can be obtained in the Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Chemistry Departmental Offices.
To apply on-line or to learn more about tuition, academic programs, academic calendars, and financial aid, please see the Graduate Admissions site.