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Mechanical Engineering ME

Edward C. Hensel, Department Head
(585) 475-5181, echeme@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/mechanical/program/graduate-meng/overview

Program overview

The master of engineering in mechanical engineering is a 30 credit hour degree program. It is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This degree is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those not focused on a research-oriented master of science thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course, a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship, or an independent study project. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)

Curriculum

In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from 10 different focus areas and four elective courses. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it does give students an opportunity to gain employment experience within the field.

Mechanical engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MECE-601 Math I For Engineers 3
MECE-602 Math II For Engineers 3
  Focus Area Courses 9
  Electives 12
Choose one of the following: 3
   MECE-730    Design Project Leadership*  
   MECE-777    Internship†  
   MECE-792    Project‡  
   MECE-701    Research Methods§  
MECE-795 Graduate Seminar  
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* Design Project Leadership (MECE-730) is intended for students enrolled in the accelerated BS/MEng program.

† Internship (MECE-777) is intended for part-time students.

‡ Project (MECE-792) is intended for students enrolled full time in the ME program.

§ Research Methods (MECE-701) is intended for students planning to transition to the MS degree.

Focus areas

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Automotive systems
Choose three of the following:  
   MECE-623    Powertrain Systems and Design 3
   MECE-624    Vehicle Dynamics 3
   MECE-643    Continuous Control Systems 3
   MECE-752    Tribology Fundamentals 3
   MECE-758    Intermediate Engineering Vibrations 3
Business
ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-706    Cost Management 3
   INTB-730    Cross Cultural Management 3
   MGMT-742    Technology Management 3
   MGMT-761    Managing Research and Innovation 3
Controls
MECE-643 Classical Controls 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   MECE-743    Digital Control Systems  
   MECE-744    Nonlinear Control Systems  
   EEEE-661    Modern Control Theory  
   EEEE-733    Robust Control  
Manufacturing
Choose three of the following
   MECE-643    Classical Control 3
   ISEE-626    Contemporary Production Systems 3
   ISEE-720    Production Control 3
   ISEE-740    Design for Manufacture and Assembly 3
   ISEE-741    Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 3
   ISEE-745    Manufacturing Systems 3
Mechanics and design
Choose three of the following:
   MECE-620    Introduction to Optimal Design 3
   MECE-644    Introduction to Composite Materials 3
   MECE-752    Tribology Fundamentals 3
   MECE-754    Fundamentals of Fatigue and Fracture 3
   MECE-785    Mechanics of Solids 3
Product development
Choose three of the following:
   ISEE-750    Systems and Project Management 3
   ISEE-751    Decision Risk/Benefit Analysis 3
   ISEE-771    Engineering Systems I 3
   ISEE-772    Engineering Systems II 3
Sustainability
Choose three of the following:
   MECE-629    Renewable Energy Systems 3
   MECE-733    Sustainable Energy Management 3
   MECE-739    Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency 3
   ISEE-785    Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
   ISEE-786    Life Cycle Assessment 3
   ISEE-787    Design for the Environment 3
Thermo/Fluids engineering
MECE-731 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
MECE-738 Ideal Flows 3
MECE-751 Convective Phenomena 3
Vibrations engineering
MECE-658 Introduction to Engineering Vibrations 3
MECE-758 Intermediate Engineering Vibrations 3
Choose one of the following:    
    MECE-606    System Modeling 3
    EEEE-602    Random Signals and Noise 3
    EEEE-678    Digital Signal Processing 3

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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Program overview

The ME in mechanical engineering is an internship program leading to the professional terminal degree of master of engineering. The capstone experience may be a course design project, a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship, or an independent study project in place of a conventional thesis requirement. This master’s degree is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, those interested in updating their technical skills, and those not focused on a research-oriented master of science thesis.

Curriculum

Mechanical engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
0304-870 Mathematics for Engineers I 4
0304-865 Computer Implementation of FEM 4
0304-823 Systems Modeling 4
  Focus Area Courses 16
  Electives 16
0304-889 Graduate Seminar 0
Choose one of the following: 4
   0304-730    Design Project Leadership  
   0304-877    Internship  
   0304-888    Project w/ Paper  
   0304-701    Research Methods  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

The program, although rooted in engineering, is significantly interdisciplinary by design. The program may range over several colleges in the university, assembling courses that will best help students meet their professional objectives.

At least 32 quarter credit hours of graduate-level course work, including core courses, must be taken in the mechanical engineering department. Some possible concentration areas are business, print media, controls, manufacturing, materials science, thermo/fluids, and design engineering. A minimum of 48 quarter credit hours are required for the degree. Students may complete the program as a course-only program of study, with a capstone design project in a graduate elective course. Students may choose to complete a three-month industrial internship or a project that includes a paper (both worth 4 quarter credits) as one of their elective courses.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).