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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Mechanical Engineering (EME)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.1901
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

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: February 15

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 an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field will be admitted into the Ph.D. Major.
  • Students without an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering may also be admitted but will be required to take
    • a minimum of 6 credit hours from the Fluid and Thermal Sciences area and
    • a minmum of 6 credit hours from the Mechanics and Systems area.
  • GRE required, with minimum percentile rank of 60% on the quantitative portion and a minimum average percentile rank of 60% in verbal and quantitative and the 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 PhD 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/Research Interest must also be included in the application package.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 72 credit hours (post-bacc)
48 credit hours (post-masters)

Core 9 credit hours
Math req 6 credit hours
Coursework 21 credit hours
Dissertation 20 credit hours
Additional coursework or dissertation 16 redit hours

A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which there must be a minimum of 36 hours of coursework at the 6000 level without counting Independent Study or Special Topics courses and a minimum of 20 hours of dissertation. A minimum of 21 hours of graduate level coursework is required in the student's area of specialization and there must be at least 6 hours of mathematics or statistics and 6 hours of graduate level coursework outside the major area of specialization. All students are required to fulfill the 9 credit hours of core course requirements as outlined below. Courses completed for a Masters degree from another institution may count towards a maximum of 24 credit hours of coursework for the Ph.D. degree only if the transcript shows that the degree requirements were similar to USF and the student did not already get credit for the identical courses at USF.A qualifying examination must be passed before admission to doctoral candidacy.

Core Requirements - 9 credit hours
All Ph.D. Major students must complete a total of9 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 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 - 3 credit 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

Mathematics Requirement - 6 credit hours
EML 6931: Special Problems II: Advanced Mathematics
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Mathematics II

Additional Graduate Level Coursework - 21 credit hours minimum

Qualifying Examination
The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to determine if the student has acquired sufficient mastery of the subject matter in all relevant fields on his/her program of study to warrant admission to candidacy for the Ph. D. degree. It should be taken as soon as a student has completed a major portion of the coursework requirements. Students must apply to take the qualifying examination no later than the fourth semester after admission into the doctoral major.

In order to take the qualifying examination a doctoral student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactorily complete (C or better) in departmental coursework on Mathematics and two other areas of specialization (1 major and 1 minor) as described below.
    1. Mathematics:
      1. EML 6069: Advanced Mathematics,
      2. EML 6930: Advanced Mathematics II
    2. Heat Transfer:
      1. EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
      2. EML 6930: Convection Heat Transfer
    3. Fluid Mechanics:
      1. EML6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    4. Thermodynamics:
      1. EML6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    5. Dynamics:
      1. EML6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
      2. EML6223: Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
    6. Solid Mechanics:
      1. EML6653: Applied Elasticity
    7. Materials:
      1. EML 6930: Advanced Materials
    8. Controls:
      1. EML6930: Advanced Controls
  2. Apply in writing to the Graduate Coordinator for permission to take the examination. The application must include a detailed statement of the courses taken, major and minor areas of specialization and must be submitted before October 15th.
  3. Students may request an exemption from any required coursework if they have satisfactorily completed (B or better) equivalent coursework at an accredited institution other than USF.

No student will be allowed to take the examination if the cumulative GPA of all courses taken at USF is below 3.0, have not chosen a major professor and formed a supervisory committee, or is holding conditional or provisional admission status in the major.

The examination will be administered by a Departmental Qualifying Examination Committee once a year (in the first two weeks of February), as needed.

  1. Written Examination
    1. Examinations will be given on Mathematics, and students chosen major and minor areas of specialization. Examinations will be prepared by the qualifying examination committee and will be administered by the graduate coordinator. Composition of the committee will be rotated among all faculty members and determined by the exam areas to be offered. If at all possible, a Ph.D. advisor will not be involved in the evaluation of her/his students. The length of each examination will be approximately three hours of duration.
    2. The type of written examination, i.e., open book etc., is at the discretion of the assessor.
  2. Passing and Advancement to Candidacy
    1. A student is required to pass the written examination in all 3 areas (Mathematics, major area of specialization, minor area of specialization) for advancement to candidacy.
    2. In case a student passes in 2 areas and fails in 1 area, a make-up written or oral examination may be requested by the student. The make-up examination will be given during the last two weeks of March.
    3. In case a student fails the written examination in more than one area or fails the written or oral make-up examination, he or she will need to re-take the entire qualifying examination in the following year.
    4. Students will be given a maximum of two attempts to pass the qualifying examination. Failure in the second year will result in being dropped from the doctoral major.

Dissertation - 20 credit hours minimum

Additional Coursework or Dissertation - 16 credit hours
Students will select additional coursework or Dissertation hours to complete the remaining 16 credit hours.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has available, on request, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook, which delineates the Departments entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and major completion requirements.


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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.

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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.

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