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MSc in Mechanical Engineering

MSc in Mechanical Engineering

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of Mechanical Engineering and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of research. 

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering (ME) degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the taught courses and research thesis project requirements of the program.  The program is designed for candidates with a bachelor degree in Mechanical, Mechatronics, Aerospace/Aeronautical, Materials, Nuclear, Industrial, and Biomedical Engineering.  Candidates with degrees in other pertinent specializations may also be considered.  In such cases, candidates will be asked to submit course descriptions along with their transcripts. The taught part of the program includes some core courses and a set of electives that the students can choose from.  The MSc in ME gives the students the opportunity to organize the selection of the elective courses and the thesis topic to follow a specialization track within the program. The thesis is an independent investigation of a specialized area within the general field of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines.  

The specialization tracks currently offered by the program include: Aerospace Engineering, Robotic Systems, and Biomedical Systems. 

Program Chair  

Dr. Bashar El-Khasawneh

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program goals

The goals of the program are to produce graduates who: 

  • Advance professionally and are recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  • Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  • Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

Program outcomes

A student graduating with the MSc in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve advanced electrical and computer engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  • Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  • Conduct research, document and defend the research results.
  • Function on teams and communicate effectively.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

The University general graduate studies admission requirements apply for admission to the MSc in Mechanical Engineering program.

Bachelor degrees relevant for admission to the MSc in Mechanical Engineering program are Mechanical, Mechatronics, Aerospace/Aeronautical, Materials, Nuclear, Industrial, and Biomedical Engineering.  Candidates with degrees in other pertinent specializations may also be considered.  In such cases, candidates will be asked to submit course descriptions along with their transcripts.

Duration of study 

The minimum period of study will be 1.5 years (3 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 2.5 years (5 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration.

The maximum period of study will be 2 years (4 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 3 years (6 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration. In exceptional cases, an extension of registration may be granted.

Program Structure 

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering program consists of a minimum of 36 credit-hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 9 credits of Program Core courses, 15 credits Program Electives courses, and 12 credits of ME Master’s Thesis work.  A student may organize the selection of the elective courses and the Master’s thesis topic to follow a specialization track within the broad field of ME.  In such cases the track will be noted on the student’s transcript.  The table below presents a summary of the MSc in ME degree program structure and requirements.  All the MSc in ME program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each. 

Summary of MSc in ME Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 9
Program Electives 15
ME Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Number of Courses and Curricular Offerings 

Students seeking the degree of MSc in ME must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The MSc in ME degree program core requires a minimum of 9 credits consisting of 3 credits of engineering mathematics, 6 credits of ME core courses, and the research seminar course which has a zero credit rating.  The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.

I. Engineering Mathematics Courses (3 credits)

Students must select at least one course from the list below:

  • MATH 601 Engineering Mathematical Analysis
  • MATH 602 Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • MATH 603 Random Variables and Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 604 Multivariate Data Analysis

II. ME Core Courses (6 credits):

Students must select at least two courses from the list below:

  • MECH 601 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MECH 602 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH 603 Advanced Dynamics
  • MECH 604 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

III. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of electives.  The list of electives that students can select from includes the courses not used to meet the ME Core requirement above as well as those listed below.  

  • MECH 605 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MECH 610 Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications
  • MECH 611 Energy Systems and Energy Conversion
  • MECH 612 Control System Theory and Design
  • MECH 614 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • MECH 621 Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials
  • MECH 694 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • AERO 622 Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structures
  • AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis
  • AERO 632 Aerothermochemistry
  • BMED 600 Physiological Systems
  • BMED 613 BioSignal Processing
  • BMED 652 Physiological Control Systems
  • ROBO 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding
  • ROBO 650 Autonomous Robotic Systems
  • ROBO 651 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems

ME Master’s Thesis

MECH 699 Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

A student must complete a Master’s thesis that involves creative research oriented work within the broad field of ME under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor.  The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.

Program Tracks 

A student may select a group of elective courses to form a specialization track within the MSc in ME program.  The track will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript) provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track.
  • A Master research thesis within the domain of the track.

The tracks supported by the MSc in ME program and the required courses for each of the tracks are set out below.  

Aerospace Engineering
AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structures
AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis
AERO 632 Aerothermochemistry
Robotic Systems
ROBO 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding
ROBO 650 Autonomous Robotic Systems
ROBO 651 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems
Biomedical Systems
BMED 600 Physiological Systems
BMED 613 BioSignal Processing
BMED 652 Physiological Control Systems

MECH 601 Advanced Thermodynamics (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 340 Thermodynamics (or equivalent)

This course provides a strong basis in the fundamentals of classical and statistical thermodynamics. The covered topics include: Availability and Exergy analysis, Maxwell relations and thermodynamic properties, Psychrometrics, kinetic theory of gases, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. 

MECH 602 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 335 Fluid Mechanics (or equivalent)

To introduce advanced concepts of fluids and fluid mechanics, and enable the students to solve more practical engineering problems in fluid motion.  This course will cover the formulation of the fluid flow problem, friction, viscous flow, boundary layer theory, transition, and incompressible and compressible flow. 

MECH 603 Advanced Dynamics (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:AERO/MECH 201 Dynamics (or equivalent) and MATH 211 Linear Algebra (or equivalent)

Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using Newtonian and variational methods of mechanics. Gyroscopic mechanics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, applications. 

MECH 604 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 421 Mechanics of Deformable Solids (or equivalent)

The course presents an introduction to the mechanics of continuous media, including solids and fluids. It provides the students with the mathematical background required to derive the equations of motion for solid and fluid continua in compliance with the conservation principles. 

MECH 605 Advanced Heat Transfer (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:341 Heat Transfer (or equivalent)

Rigorous review of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer with a short extension to mass transport.   Thermal conductivity and mechanisms of energy transport.  Differential and integral form of the energy conservation equation.  Impulsive and unsteady non-isothermal flows.  Energy transport in turbulent flows. Radiation transport with emphasis on participating media.  Brief reference to the similarities between heat and mass transfer. 

MECH 610 Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 325 Engineering Materials (or equivalent), MECH 225 Mechanics of Solids (or equivalent), and MECH 335 Fluid Mechanics (or equivalent)

This course will give an advanced survey to different aspects of active research in micro and nanotechnology, covering the broad area of science in micro- and nano-scale materials. Introduction to micromachining, fundamental properties of micro and nanotechnology such as, mechanical, electronic, magnetic, optical, and biochemical properties will be covered. 

MECH 611 Energy Systems and Energy Conversions (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 240 Thermodynamics (or equivalent), MECH 335 Fluid mechanics (or equivalent), and MECH 443 Heat Transfer (or equivalent)

This is a graduate level course designed to give students an overview of conventional and non-conventional energy conversion techniques.  Basic background, terminology, and fundamentals of energy conversion are introduced. Current and emerging technologies for production of thermal, mechanical, and electrical energy are discussed; topics include fossil and nuclear fuels, solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, and energy storage. 

MECH 612 Control System Theory and Design (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 350 (or equivalent)

This is a fundamental graduate course on the modern theory of dynamical systems and control. It builds on an introductory undergraduate course in control and emphasizes state-space techniques for the analysis of dynamical systems and the synthesis of control laws meeting given design specifications. 

MECH 614 Advanced Manufacturing Processes (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite  MECH 270 (or equivalent)

This is an advanced course in manufacturing processes where a survey of important manufacturing processes is presented.  The course will also cover fundamentals of machining, advanced machining processes and microelectronics fabrication, rapid prototyping, tribology, and some competitive aspects in manufacturing. 

MECH 621 Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MECH 225 Mechanics of Solids (or equivalent) and MECH 420 Materials Strength and Fracture (or equivalent)

This is an advanced course in fatigue and fracture of engineering material with in-depth presentations on fatigue, linear elastic fracture mechanics, damage modeling, life prediction methods. It also covers fatigue fracture of composites, as well as emerging new engineering materials such as nanocomposites. 

MECH 694 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:Will be specified according to the particular topics offered under this course number

This course covers selected contemporary topics in mechanical engineering.  The topics will vary from semester to semester depending on faculty availability and student interests. Proposed course descriptions are considered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering on an ad hoc basis and the course will be offered according to demand. The proposed course content will need to be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. The Course may be repeated once with change of contents to earn a maximum of 6 credit hours. 

MECH 695 Seminar in Research Methods (1-0-0)

Pre-Requisite:Graduate standing

This course introduces graduate students to research methodologies and the process of formal inquiry in engineering and applied sciences. It develops the skills necessary to read and critically evaluate the research of others with emphasis on contemporary issues. The course covers the process of developing, documenting and presenting research proposals. It also addresses codes of ethics in the engineering profession. Finally, the course will provide suggestions and best practices for success in graduate studies. 

MECH 699 Master’s Thesis (0-12-12)

Pre-Requisite  Completion of MSc in ME program core courses, MECH 695 Seminar in Research Methods, and approval of the MSc in ME program chair

In the Master’s Thesis, the student is required to independently conduct original research under the supervision of a full-time faculty advisor/s.  The outcome of the research work is disseminated by a thesis and defended through a viva voce examination. 

AERO 622 Structural Dynamics &Aeroelasticity (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite: Undergraduate course in Dynamic Systems & Control (AERO/MECH 350) or equivalent.

To develop an understanding and skills for performing an accurate dynamic analysis (time and frequency response, mode shapes and resonance frequencies) for dynamical structures that give the student a strong engineering sense for the real life applications. In addition, the course will give the student the ability of understanding the interaction between the elastic structure with the static and the aerodynamic forces that influence the aircraft performance and stability. 

AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structures

Pre-Requisite:Undergraduate Aerospace Structures (AERO 321) or equivalent.

Graduate level course with advanced treatment in aircraft structures and aerospace materials.  Topics include loads on aircraft, functions of structural components, bending of beams with non-symmetrical cross-sections, bending and torsion of thin-walled structures, structural idealization, multi-cell beams and tapered beams, and recent developments in aerospace materials. 

AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis

Pre-Requisite: MECH 604 Continuum Mechanics (or equivalent.)

Introduction to Boundary Layer concept, Review of Navier-Stokes Equations; Integral Equations and Solutions for Laminar Flows; Differential Equations of Motion for Laminar Flow; Exact and Numerical Solutions for Laminar, Incompressible Flows; Compressible Laminar Boundary Layers: Transformations, Exact and  Numerical Solutions; Transition to Turbulent Flow: Re-Theta, Hydrodynamic Stability Theory, The eN method; Wall Bounded, Incompressible Turbulent Flows; Free Shear Flows: Jets and Wakes. 

AERO 632 Aerothermochemistry

Pre-Requisite: MECH 601 Advanced Thermodynamics (or equivalent) and Advanced MECH 602 Fluid Mechanics (or equivalent)

Gas mixtures and thermochemistry: stoichiometry, adiabatic flame temperature, and chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics: one-step and detailed. Reactive flow modeling and analysis: evolution equations, constitutive models, eigenvalue analysis. Numerical techniques for modeling combustion systems. Simplification of reaction mechanisms. Laminar flames: premixed flame and diffusion flame. Combustion in supersonic flow.

BMED 600 Physiological Systems (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:BMED 331 Biotransport Phenomena and BMED 341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I (or equivalent)

This course introduces human physiology to a wide range of graduate students with diverse backgrounds and varying biological experience.  This course is designed to provide students with the mechanism of body function, regulation and a brief overview of anatomic structure.  Course content will include the basic physical and chemical laws, homeostatic control of nervous system, musculoskeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems.  In addition to the foundation material, a related case study or research topic will be discussed. 

BMED 613 BioSignal Processing (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:BMED 352 Biomedical Systems and Signal Processing, or ELCE 302 Signal Processing (or equivalent)

Application of signal processing and modeling techniques in real world Bio signals (Electrocardiography (ECG), Electromygraphy (EMG) and Electroencephalography (EEG), Blood Pressure and heart Sound). MATLAB based physiological experiments, analysis and demonstration. 

BMED 652 Physiological Control Systems (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:BMED 352 Biomedical Systems and Signal Processing, or ELCE 344 Feedback control system, or ELCE 444 Digital control system (or equivalent)

This course will expose graduate students to the design "secrets" of a variety of physiological control systems from an engineering viewpoint. How states of "health" versus "disease" can be explained in terms of physiological control system function (or dysfunction) will be considered. Examples of physiological control systems to be explored include: control of muscle tone, posture and locomotion; determinants and control of heart rate and blood pressure, body temperature regulation, respiratory mechanics and control, renal function and its regulation. 

ROBO 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 312 Complex Variables and Transforms (or equivalent), ENGR 112 Introduction to Computing (or equivalent), and ELCE 302 Signal Processing (or equivalent)

The course covers the fundamental principles of machine vision and image processing techniques. This includes multiple view geometry and probabilistic techniques as related to applications in the scope of robotic and machine vision and image processing by introducing concepts such as segmentation and grouping, matching, classification and recognition, and motion estimation. 

ROBO 650 Autonomous Robotic Systems (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 312 Complex variables and Transforms (or equivalent), ENGR 112 Introduction to Computing (or equivalent), and AERO 350 Dynamic Systems and Control, or ELCE 344 Feedback Control Systems, or MECH 350 Dynamic Systems and Control (or equivalent)

The course addresses some of the main aspects of autonomous robotic systems.  This includes artificial intelligence, algorithms, and robotics for the design and practice of intelligent robotic systems.   Planning algorithms in the presence of kinematic and dynamic constraints, and integration of sensory data will also be discussed. 

ROBO 651 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 312 Complex variables and Transforms (or equivalent), ENGR 112 Introduction to Computing (or equivalent), and AERO 350 Dynamic Systems and Control, or ELCE 344 Feedback Control Systems, or MECH 350 Dynamic Systems and Control (or equivalent)

The course covers the theory and practice of the modeling and control of robotic devices. This includes kinematics, statics and dynamics of robots. Impedance control and robot programming will also be covered. Different case-studies will be presented to support hands-on experiments. 

MATH 601 Engineering Analysis (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 211 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, (or equivalent)

Introductory graduate level course in engineering mathematical analysis. Review of vector calculus and linear algebra; solution of ordinary differential equations; special functions; partial differential equations of engineering physics: linear elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic PDE’s governing heat transfer, electromagnetic, and vibratory phenomena; Eigen function expansions 

MATH 602 Numerical Methods in Engineering (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 211 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, (or equivalent)

Introductory graduate level course in numerical methods in engineering. Numerical integration for initial value problems; finite difference methods; linear algebra; optimization; and the finite element method. 

MATH 603 Random Variables and Stochastic Processes (3-0-3)

Pre-Requisite:MATH 311 Probability and Statistics with Discrete Mathematics, (or equivalent)

Random variables, vectors, and processes, statistical detection and classification, principles of parameter estimation,  biased and unbiased estimators,  Cramer-Rao inequality,  minimum variance and  unbiased estimates, expectation as estimation, Correlation and linear estimation, linear filtering of random processes, discrete time linear models, moving-average and autoregressive processes, discrete time Gauss–Markov process, Maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, Fourier analysis, correlation and coherence, spectral analysis of random signals.