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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Mechanical Engineering (EME)

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Master of Mechanical Engineering (M.M.E.)
CIP Code: 14.1901
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department (EGR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Muhammad Rahman
Phone: 813-974-5625
Email: mmrahman@usf.edu

Website: http://me.eng.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The Department offers graduate majors leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Research opportunities are available in the following areas: Mechanism Design, Kinematics, System Dynamics and Vibrations, Mechanical Controls, Tribology, Mechanical Design, Robotics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Composite Materials, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Energy Systems, Microelectronic Device Thermal Management, Clean and Renewable Energy Systems, Micro and Nano scale materials and systems, MEMS, Biosensors, Biofluids, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Education.

Department facilities include the following laboratories: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Solid Mechanics, Computer-Aided Design, Dynamic Systems, Hydraulics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Robotics, Biofuel cells and Biomimetics, Nanomaterials and Thin Films, Advanced Materials Processing and Characterization, Biofluids and Biosensors, Microelectronic Thermal Management and Heat Transfer, and Compliant Mechanisms.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • As a rule, only students with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited engineering major will be considered for admission.
  • All applicants must take the GRE.
  • GRE required, with minimum percentile rank of 50% on the quantitative portion and a minimum average percentile rank of 50% in verbal and quantitative andthe student must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.00 for the last two years of coursework from an ABET accredited engineering major for admission to the Masters Major. Graduates of non-ABET accredited majors are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • International students must score a minimum of 550 on the TOEFL paper-based examination, 79 on the internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose must also be included in the application package.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

Core Requirements 12 credit hours
Specialization areas9credit hours
All Master’s Major students must complete a total of 9 core credit hours from each of the following specialization areas.

Fluid and Thermal Science - 3 credit hours
EML 6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
EML 6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Convection Heat Transfer

Mechanics, Manufacturing, and Materials - 3 credit hours
EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Manufacturing
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Materials
EML 6570: Principles of Fracture Mechanics
EML 6290: Micro and Nano Manufacturing

Dynamical Systems and Controls - 3credit hours
EML 6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Controls
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Vibrations
EML 6801: Robotic Systems

All students must also complete either
EML 6931: Special Problems II: Advanced Mathematics or
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Mathematics II in order to satisfy core requirements.

Additional Coursework - 18 credit hours
In addition to the 12 credit hours, the MME degree requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework, for a total of 30 semester hours.

Comprehensive Exam
MME students must also pass a final Comprehensive Oral Examination.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has available, on request, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook, which delineates the Department’s entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and major completion requirements. The M.M.E is a non-thesis major and the M.S.M.E. is a thesis
major.

Non-Thesis
This is a non-thesis major.


Accelerated Degree ProgramAccelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering will earn an M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) core graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental electives as part of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major.

The B.S.M.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.M.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering
M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering

Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.M.E. major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.M.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate major by addition of academically accomplished students.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  • Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  • Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the Mechanical Engineering major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.M.E. and M.M.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
The following courses will satisfy six (6) credit hours of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate elective coursework:
EML 6653 Applied Elasticity
EML 6713 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering (107 credit hours)*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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