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MS Focus Areas of Study

The Department of Mechanical Engineering encourages  M.S. students with non-thesis option to take a set of courses (6 to 8 courses) in one of focus areas listed below. This would allow a student to develop an expertise in the area of interest and help achieve the objective of his/her career.

It is recommended totake all the courses listed under the “Core courses” and few additional courses listed in the “Related courses”.

Energy Technology

The focused area in energy technology provides the students with a global understanding of current energy challenges. 'Hands on' laboratory and design experience in the areas of Heat pumps, Insulation, Solar thermal, Photovoltaics, Wind turbines, Fuel cells, and Thermo-electrics, as well as theory based courses focusing on energy transformation, transfer, and storage.

Core courses

MEC 516 – Energy Technologies Laboratory I

MEC 517 – Energy Technologies Laboratory II

Related courses

MEC 506 – Energy Management in Commercial Buildings [HVAC]

MEC 509 – Transport Phenomena

MEC 518 – Energy Harvesting

MEC 522 – Building Energy Dynamics and Technology

MEC 526 – Modern Power Cycle Energy Dynamics and Technology



The focused area in  Robotics  provides  analytical and design experience in the areas of ; robotics foundations in kinematics and inverse kinematics, dynamics, serial and parallel manipulator. 

Core courses

MEC 529 – Introduction to Robotics

MEC 549 – Robot Dynamic and Control 

Related courses

MEC 520 – Smart Materials for Sensing and Actuation 

MEC 509 – Mechatronics

MEC 559 – Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles

MEC 567 – Kinematic Analysis and Synthesis of Robotic Mechanisms 

MEC 572 – Computer Aided Design of Shapes and Motion 

MEC 596 – Aerial Robotics


Solid Mechanics

These course below prepares the mechanical engineering graduates with many career opportunities in areas such as stress and structural analysis, materials, and the design of mechanical components.

Core courses

MEC 5301 – Applied Stress Analysis

MEC 536 – Mechanics of Solids

MEC 541 – Elasticity

Related courses

MEC 539 – Introduction to Finite Element Method

MEC 543 – Plasticity

MEC 556 – Introduction to Engineering Mechanics of Composites

MEC 557 – Engineering Composites Fabrication and Characterization

MEC 572 – Geometric Modeling for CAD, CAM          

MEC 641 – Fracture Mechanics

1not needed for students who have taken similar courses in undergraduate studies.


Design and Manufacturing

This area will focus on the designing and manufacturing of various products. This concentration is intended to bridge the gap between the analytical and design courses which are the heart of the professional program and the practical problems of producing acceptable components.

Core courses

MEC 500 – Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Systems

MEC 525 – Product Design Concept

MEC 532 – Vibration and Control

MEC 568 – Advanced Dynamics

Related courses

MEC 510 – Object-Oriented Programming for Scientists and Engineers

MEC 550 – Mechatronics

MEC 567 – Kinematic Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms

MEC 572 – Geometric Modeling for CAD, CAM      

MEC 585 – Total Quality Management      


Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

This area of study provides the necessary background to work in engineering applications involving thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics.

Thermal-Fluids Sciences involves the application of experimental, analytical, and computational methods to the design, development, and operation of systems ranging from power plants and combustion engines to hydraulics and microfluidics.

Core courses

MEC 501 – Convective Heat Transfer and Heat Exchange

MEC 502 – Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer

MEC 512 – Mechanics of Viscous Fluids

MEC 521 – Thermodynamics

Related courses

MEC 509 – Transport Phenomena

MEC 518 – Energy Harvesting

MEC 523 – Internal Combustion Engines

MEC 526 – Modern Power Cycle Energy Dynamics and Technology

MEC 537 – Combustion Research Laboratory