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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Mechanical Engineering (EME)
with a Concentration in Manufacturing (MFG)

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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 Fowler Avenue ENG118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Muhammad Rahman
Phone: 813-974-5625


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The Department offers graduate programs 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:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • As a rule only students with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field will be admitted into the Ph.D. Program.
  • 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 OR 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 program for admission to the PhD Program.
  • 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


Program Degree Requirements

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

Core 12 credit hours
Math req 6 credit hours
Coursework 18 credit hours
Dissertation 20 credit hours
Additional coursework or dissertation 16 credit 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 18 hours of 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 coursework outside the major area of specialization. All students are required to fulfill the 12 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: 12 credit hours
All Ph.D. Program students must complete a total of 12 core credit hours from two categories.

Fluid and Thermal Science: 6 credit hours

EML 6105: Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EML 6154: Advanced Conduction Analysis
EML 6713: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EML 6930: Convection Heat Transfer

Mechanics and Systems: 6 credit hours

EML 6223: Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
EML 6273: Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
EML 6930: Failure Mechanisms in Materials
EML 6930: Advanced Materials
EML 6570: Fracture Mechanics
EML 6930: Engineering Design Principles and Practices

Mathematics Requirement: 6 credit hours
EML 6931: Advanced Mathematics
EML 6930: Advanced Mathematics II

Additional Coursework: 18 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 program.
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. Graduate courses - Advanced Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics II
  2. Heat Transfer:
    1. Undergraduate courses - Heat Transfer
    2. Graduate courses - Conduction Heat Transfer, Convection Heat Transfer
  3. Fluid Mechanics:
    1. Undergraduate courses Fluid Systems
    2. Graduate courses - Advanced Fluids
  4. Thermodynamics:
    1. Undergraduate courses Thermo I, Thermal Systems
    2. Graduate courses - Advanced Thermodynamics
  5. Dynamics:
    1. Undergraduate courses Dynamics, Vibrations, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
    2. Graduate courses - Advanced Dynamics of Machinery, Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
  6. Solid Mechanics:
    1. Undergraduate courses Mechanics of Solids, Machine Design
    2. Graduate Courses - Applied Elasticity
  7. Materials:
    1. Undergraduate courses Materials I
    2. Graduate courses - Advanced Materials

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 program.

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 program.


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 Program Handbook, which delineates the Departments entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and program completion requirements.



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