University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Mechanical Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)


The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in mechanical engineering. Each student must meet the general requirements for admission as outlined under the regulations of the University of Vermont Graduate College. Typically, students entering the program have received a bachelor's degree and/or a master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. Applicants with other backgrounds will be evaluated individually and must complete prescribed undergraduate technical course work. Areas of research interest in the program currently include: Smart Structures, Aerospace Engineering, Turbulence, Complex Fluids, Multiscale Mechanics, Micro and Nano Engineering, Nanomaterials, Energy Harvesting, Conversion and Storage, Control Systems, Microorganisms and Cells, Biomaterials, Theory and Simulation using High-performance Computing.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

An accredited bachelor's and/or master's degree in mechanical engineering or closely related discipline is required.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Successful completion of the Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy requires of candidates a minimum of seventy-five credits to be earned in course work and in dissertation research. The seventy-five credits must be distributed in such a way that at least thirty-nine credits must be earned in courses and seminars and a minimum of twenty-one credits must be earned in dissertation research. Students must complete at least fifteen credits in graduate-level mechanical engineering course work at UVM from the different areas of specialization. This can include M.S. course credits earned at UVM. Currently, the program offers areas of specialization in (1) Bioengineering and Biomechanics; (2) Control Theory and Mechanical Systems; (3) Solid Mechanics and Materials; and (4) Thermal Sciences and Fluids. All Ph.D. candidates complete a doctoral thesis consisting of original research and of sufficient quality to merit publication in an archival journal.