Graduate Certificates in Mechanical Engineering

The following graduate certificates are offered in Mechanical Engineering:

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Design & Manufacturing Engineering 

Sammy Shina, Ph.D.

This 12 credit certificate program is aimed at educating engineers in modern design and manufacturing practices for developing world class products at the highest customer satisfaction and quality, at lowest cost and within engineering project budgets and schedules. It has a strong practice oriented curriculum and is taught by experienced faculty drawn from both academia and senior engineers and managers of high technology companies.

Required Course (one 3-credit course):

  • MECH.5750 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • MECH.5760 Engineering Project Management

Choose Three of the Following Courses (three 3-credit courses):

  • MECH.5710 Collaborative Engineering and Quality
  • MECH.5740 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • MECH.5750 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • MECH.5760 Engineering Project Management
  • MECH.5790 Robotics
  • CHEN.5230 Electronic Material Processes
  • CHEN.5240 Self Assembly and Nanotechnology
  • PLAS.5180 Plastics Product Design
  • PLAS.5530 Medical Device Design I

Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques 

Contact persons:

Peter Avitabile

Christopher Niezrecki

This certificate is aimed at educating engineers in very critically needed techniques for modeling structural dynamic applications. In all undergraduate curriculums accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, the materials presented bring the student to a firm comprehension and understanding of static design configurations but does not go beyond this point to address the practical reality of structural dynamic response for meaningful design configurations. Therefore, many new or practicing engineers are not prepared to address these types of problems. These suite of courses in this certificate provides materials that has strong, practical relevance and provides tools and techniques to address these structural dynamic applications. Both hands-on and product oriented practice will be emphasized.

A total of four courses (12 credits) are required for the certificate with one required course (which must be either MECH.550 Advanced Vibrations or MECH.515 Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques).

The courses in this certificate are:

  • MECH.5100 Dynamics and Diagnostics of Rotating Machinery
  • MECH.5130 Finite Element Analysis I
  • MECH.5150 Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques
  • MECH.5160 Experimental Modal Analysis
  • MECH.5170 Structural Dynamics
  • MECH.5180 Signal Processing
  • MECH.5240 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • MECH.5500 Vibrations
  • MECH.6030 Special Topics in Structural Dynamics and Modal Analysis
  • MECH.6110 Matrix Methods

MEMS/NEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems/Nanoelectromechanical Systems) 

Hongwei Sun

This 12-credit certificate program provides an interdisciplinary education and training for engineers who will work in the fast growing MEMS/NEMS industry with microsystems design methods, advanced microfabrication, packaging and assembly techniques, VLSI circuits design and fabrication, nanoelectronics, nano-assembly and integration, material processing. Both hands-on and product oriented practice are emphasized.

Choose four courses with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1

  • MECH.5570 Microsystem Design
  • MECH.5530 MEMS & Microsystems

Group 2

  • EECE.7100 Special Topics in Nanoelectronics
  • CHEN.5240 Self Assembly and Nanotechnology

Group 3

  • CHEN.5230 Electronic Material Process
  • EECE.5020 VLSI Design
  • EECE.5040 VLSI Fabrication

Composites and Materials 

Contact persons:

Alireza Amirkhizi

Christopher Hansen

Emmanuelle Reynaud

James Sherwood

This certificate is aimed at educating engineers in the design, manufacture and structural analysis of composite materials. The use of composite materials is growing in the transportation, defense and recreational industries, and thus there is a need for engineers with expertise in composite materials. The design of composites is explained through classical laminate theory and micro- and mesomechanics. Various methods such as resin-transfer molding, compression molding, are discussed. Structural analysis of composites is presented using classical laminate theory and finite element methods with applications in the determination of structural stiffness, ultimate failure, fracture and fatigue. Both hands-on and product oriented practice will be emphasized.

Choose any four courses from the following list with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1

  • MECH.5620 Solid Mechanics
  • MECH.5910 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Group 2

  • MECH.5960 Composite Materials
  • MECH.5970 Processing of Composites

Group 3

  • MECH.5140 Finite Element Analysis of Composites
  • MECH.5690 Fracture Mechanics
  • MECH.5890 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Material processing course from Plastics Engineering with permission of certificate coordinators

Renewable Energy Engineering 

Walter D. Thomas

This 12 credit certificate provides engineers and scientists with a rigorous but practical grounding in the fundamentals of renewable energy systems for design, research, development and manufacture. The certificate is part of a long-standing interdisciplinary graduate degree program in renewable energy engineering with experienced faculty. The courses address topics ranging from green building technologies (basic insulation and efficiency, passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting, solar hot water) to photovoltaic and wind systems, solar electrolyzers and fuel cells to stochastic process modeling of irradiation.

Choose any four classes from the following list with at least one of the four being MECH.5210 Solar Fundamentals or MECH.5270 Solar Energy Engineering. Other suitable courses may used for the certificate with the permission of the coordinator.

  • EECE.5280 Alternative Energy Systems
  • MECH.5040 Energy Systems Design Workshop
  • MECH.5090 Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • MECH.5210 Fundamentals of Solar Engineering
  • MECH.5250 Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems
  • MECH.5260 Transfer Processes in Energy Systems
  • MECH.5270 Solar Energy Engineering
  • MECH.5280 Photovoltaic Manufacturing
  • MECH.5340 Green Combustion and Bio-Fuels
  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • PHYS.5770 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices

Other suitable courses may be used as electives for the certificate with prior permission of the coordinator.

Integrated Engineering Systems 

Applied Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering departments

Contact persons:
Craig Armiento

As companies increasingly undertake engineering projects that bring together a wide range of disciplines for manufacturing an integrated product, it is often necessary to assemble teams of experts in these various disciplines, and prepare managers who have a fundamental, overall understanding of several different engineering areas. The certificate is designed to respond to the need for trained professionals who are responsible for managing complex engineering systems integrating algorithms, information, software and hardware. Completion of certificate courses in areas complementary to the individual's specific training will serve as an important starting point for engineering managers (and prospective managers) who need to solve complex interdisciplinary problems at the interfaces of electrical, computer, mechanical, materials engineering, and computer science and applied physics.

The program consists of six clusters:

  1. Applied Physics
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. Computer Science
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Materials Engineering
  6. Mechanical Engineering

Within each cluster, there are a number of carefully selected courses ranging from introductory graduate level to more advanced, specialized electives.

Students must successfully complete four courses (12 credits), one or two of which may be taken in their area of expertise. The remaining courses must be taken in separate and different cluster areas. Courses are selected in consultation with one (or more) graduate program coordinators to best meet the student's needs in terms of background, interests, and work requirements. It may be necessary for students to take prerequisite course(s) if they do not have appropriate backgrounds for a particular cluster course.



  • PHYS.5530 Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS.5540 Electromagnetism II
  • PHYS.5400 Image Processing (4 credits)
  • PHYS.5780 Integrated Optics: Wave Guide and Lasers
  • PHYS.5350 Introduction of Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS.5470 Laser Physics and Applications
  • PHYS.5380 Physical Optics and Waves
  • PHYS.5770 Solid State Electronic and Opto-Electronic Devices
  • PHYS.5210 Statistical Thermodynamics


  • EECE.5500 Advanced Digital System Design
  • EECE.5610 Computer Architecture Design
  • EECE.5810 Computer Vision and Digital Image Processing
  • EECE.5100 Digital Signal Processing
  • EECE.5720 Embedded Real-Time Systems
  • EECE.5750 FPGA Logic Design Techniques
  • EECE.5520 Microprocessors Systems II and Embedded Systems
  • EECE.5820 Network Design: Principles, Protocols, and Applications
  • EECE.5730 Operating Systems and Kernel Design for Computer Engineers
  • EECE.5210 Real Time DSP
  • EECE.5020 VLSI Design
  • EECE.5040 VLSI Fabrication


  • COMP.5610 Computer Security I
  • COMP.5620 Computer Security II
  • COMP.5630 Data Communications I
  • COMP.5640 Data Communications II
  • COMP.5490 Mobile Robots
  • COMP.5150 Operating Systems I
  • COMP.5160 Operating Systems II
  • COMP.5480 Robot Design
  • COMP.5230 Software Engineering I
  • COMP.5240 Software Engineering II


  • EECE.5280 Alternative Energy Sources
  • EECE.5060 Antenna Theory and Design
  • EECE.5320 Computational Electromagnetics
  • EECE.5130 Control Systems
  • EECE.5290 Electric Vehicle Technology
  • EECE.5070 Electromagnetic Waves and Materials
  • EECE.5120 Electronic Materials
  • EECE.5190 Engineering of Submicron Machines
  • EECE.5900 Fiber Optic Communications and Networks
  • EECE.5430 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • EECE.5090 Linear System Analysis
  • EECE.5050 Microwave Electronics
  • EECE.5330 Microwave Engineering
  • EECE.5150 Power Electronics
  • EECE.5840 Probability and Random Processes
  • EECE.5710 Radar Systems
  • EECE.5170 MMIC Design and Fabrication


  • PLAS.5440 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • CHEN.5060 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
  • CHEN.5070 Material Science and Engineering
  • PLAS.5030 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • CHEN.5230 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials
  • CHEN.5270 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering
  • CHEN.5410 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
  • PLAS.5180 Plastics Product Design


  • MECH.5120 Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • MECH.5710 Concurrent Engineering and Quality
  • MECH.5230 Cooling of Electronic Equipment
  • MECH.5740 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • MECH.5160 Experimental Modal Analysis
  • MECH.5240 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • MECH.5750 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • MECH.5730 Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • MECH.5910 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MECH.5150 Modal Analysis- Theoretical Methods
  • MECH.5790 Robotics
  • MECH.5620 Solid Mechanics
  • MECH.5270 Solar Systems Engineering
  • MECH.5500 Vibrations


Civil & Environmental, Mechanical, Plastics Engineering departments

Jackie Zhang

The program will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of nanotechnology and is intended to respond to the increasing demand for trained professionals in nanoscience and technology. The certificate is designed for students with a background in chemistry, physics, biology, or any branch of engineering who want nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing workforce preparation. Students may focus on a concentration area based on their interests and background. Courses in each concentration area are carefully designed to provide both analytical and practical competence. Students may take any combination from the electives list.

Core Course: (required)

  • ENGN.5500 Introduction to Nanotechnology

Core Courses: (Choose one)

  • CHEN.5410 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
  • CHEM.5100 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials
  • CHEM.5250 Analysis of Advanced Materials

Elective Courses: (choose two courses)


  • CHEN.5060/5270 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
  • MECH.5780 Advanced Materials
  • PLAS.5130 New Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5980 Smart Polymers


  • CHEN.5230 Electronic Materials Processing
  • CHEN.5240 Self-assembly and Nanotechnology
  • CHEN.5350 Cell & Microbe Cultivation
  • CHEN.5450 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products
  • EECE.5040 VLSI Fabrication
  • ENGN.5510 Nanomanufacturing I
  • ENGN.5260 Nanoscale Plastics Processing
  • PLAS.5020 New Plastics Processing Techniques

Design and Devices

  • EECE.5020 VSLI Design
  • EECE.5120 Electronic Materials
  • EECE.5080 Quantum Electronics for Engineers

Health and Environmental Impacts

  • PUBH.5030 Toxicology and Health
  • PUBH.5140 Aerosol Science
  • PUBH.5250 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics 19.557 Toxic Use Reduction
  • PUBH.6100 Exposure Assessment
  • PUBH.6170 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants


Contact: Walter D. Thomas

This certificate is open to applicants with a BS in Mechanical Engineering or a related field, such as Materials Science or Physics, who have an interest in modern wind turbines, including their aerodynamics, what materials go into their construction, and how they are integrated into our electrical system. The one required course, Wind Energy Fundamentals, introduces the student to multiple topics concerning winch energy and wind turbines. The student can then pursue one or more of these topics in greater depth through the available electives. Upon completion, the student will be well -prepared either to continue graduate studies in wind energy engineering, or to work in the growing wind energy industry.

A total of four courses (1 credits) are required for the certificate with one required course (MECH.5220).

Required Courses:

  • MECH.5220 Wind Energy Fundamentals

Elective Courses (choose three)

  • MECH.5230 Structural Health Monitoring
  • MECH.5260 Transport Processes in Energy Systems
  • MECH.5580 Aero/WInd
  • MECH.5830 Advanced Aerodynamics
  • MECH.5840 Ocean Engineering
  • MECH.5960 Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • MECH.5970 Processing of Composites
  • MECH.6140 Advanced Finite Elements
  • MECH.5TBA Condition Monitoring
  • EECE.5250 Power Distribution Systems