Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Program

Doctoral Programs in Mechanical Engineering

The UMass Lowell Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two doctoral degree tracks with two options each. 

D.Eng. and Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Option

The intent of the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Engineering programs is to prepare engineers for leadership positions in industry, academia and government. The programs include advanced graduate course work in engineering and allied subjects and research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation.  The Ph.D. degree is oriented more towards academic research, while the D.Eng. degree is oriented more toward industry. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an M.S. degree, or have completed fifteen credit hours of graduate study in engineering, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 3.25.  

Students may apply for transfer of up to 24 semester credits in acceptable graduate engineering courses (with grade of B or better) towards the doctoral program, upon approval by the Department Graduate Coordinator.

In cases where a student has an M.B.A., or has completed the Business Administration Minor for Engineering students, in addition to a B.S. in engineering or its equivalent, portions of the management component of the Doctor of Engineering program may be waived upon review by the administering department. 

One of the letters of recommendation submitted as part of the graduate school application should be from a mechanical engineering department faculty member willing to act as thesis advisor.

Degree Requirements

A total of 63 credit hours of graduate level courses are required for both the Ph.D. and D.Eng. degrees.  These credits are composed of the following three components:

  • 33 approved credit hours of graduate level engineering courses, which must include the doctoral core, described below. 
  • For the D.Eng. degree 9 credit hours of approved management-type courses, and for the Ph.D. degree 9 credit hours of approved engineering or technical courses. 
  • 21 credit hours of doctoral dissertation.  The Ph.D. degree must involve a traditional research-based dissertation. The D.Eng. degree can involve a dissertation that involves an industry-based project. 

In addition to this 63 semester hours of approved graduate courses and thesis:

  • The student is required to be in full-time residency at the University for at least one year. 
  • The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in order to graduate. 
  • Students are required to take a doctoral qualifying examination. 
  • Students must take a doctoral candidacy (thesis defense) examination.

Doctoral Core Requirement

  • Students must satisfy the following doctoral core requirement:
  • One course in solid mechanics (approved by grad coordinator) 
  • One course in thermal fluids (approved by grad coordinator) 
  • Two courses in advanced mathematics (approved by grad coordinator) 
  • Four courses from one of the following concentrations. 

Mechanics & Materials Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements
22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.562 Solid Mechanics I
22.578 Advanced Materials
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
22.596 Composite Materials
22.597 Processing of Composites
22.601 Special Topics: Mechanics/Materials
22.614 Finite Element Analysis II
22.615 FEA of Composites
22.644 Plates and Shells
22.697 Structural Applications of Composite Materials

Thermofluids Concentration:

22.540 Heat Conduction
22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.545 Advanced Industrial Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.546 Computational Fluids I 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.583 Advanced Aerodynamics
22.602 Special Topics: Thermofluids
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena

Energy Concentration:

22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization
22.527 Solar Energy Engineering
24.509 Dynamic Systems 
16.528 Alternate Energy Sources
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena
24.505 Reactor Physics
24.507 Reactor Engineering and Safety Analysis

Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration:

22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.515 Modal Analysis
22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis
22.517 Structural Dynamics 
22.518 Data Acquisition and Signal Processing
22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics 
22.550 Vibrations  
22.554 Dynamic Systems and Controls 
22.603 Special Topics: Vibration Dynamics
22.611 Matrix Methods

Manufacturing Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.556 Stochastic Processes
22.571 Collaborative Engineering
22.572 Manufacturing Processes
22.573 Manufacturing Systems
22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering
22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments
22.576 Engineering Project Management
22.577 Event Driven Manufacturing 
22.579 Robotics
22.604 Special Topics: Manufacturing Engineering 

Management Courses for the Doctor of Engineering Degree

D.Eng. students are required to take 9 credits of graduate management courses from the following list:

22.576 Engineering Project Management (3 credits)
26.507 Plastics Industry Organization (3 credits)
26.514 Statistics for Six Sigma (3 credits)
26.515 Lean Plastics Manufacturing (3 credits)
26.537 Business Law for Engineers (3 credits)
26.540 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems (3 credits)
26.590 Survey of Intellectual Property (3 credits)
60.501 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
61.501 Business Finance (2 credits)
62.501 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
63.501 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
66.501 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
66.511 Global Enterprise & Competition (2 credits)
66.615 New Venture Creation (3 credits)

Qualifying Examination

Students must take the doctoral qualifying examination at the end of their first year of study. This examination tests basic competency at the undergraduate level. The student is permitted two attempts at passing the qualifying examination. Students who fail the qualifying examination the first time must retake the exam at its next scheduled offering. Students failing the doctoral exam twice will automatically be dismissed from the doctoral program. Those who do not take the examination at the prescribed time may lose all their financial support, if any, and may be dismissed from the doctoral program.

Candidacy Examination and Dissertation Proposal

The research work for the dissertation shall be conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty advisor and a committee of two others. Students are required to submit and defend a dissertation proposal before a Department Doctoral Committee. Students may register for no more than six credit hours of research in preparing a formal dissertation proposal. This proposal, and the student’s ability to perform the research, must be orally defended before the student’s doctoral committee and other interested parties. This constitutes the candidacy examination.

Upon passing this examination, and completing all course requirements, the student becomes a candidate for the D.Eng./Ph.D. degree and may register for additional research credit with the advisor’s approval.