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Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced

by ccoimbra last modified 2013-06-04 16:19

The graduate program in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at UC Merced is dedicated to the education of a new generation of mechanicists, applied mathematicians and/or researchers of ME-related areas who aim to master the fundamentals of the mechanical sciences (which include disciplines such as continuum mechanics, rheology, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, energy conversion, etc.) while being exposed to the forefront of research techniques, methodologies and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society (green energy, mechanical modeling and synthesis, robotics and mechatronics, control systems, etc.)

Why choose the Mechanical Engineering program at UC Merced?


Mechanical Engineering research impacts society through the development of innovative technologies and methods that cover a variety of theoretical and applied fields. Graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics will enhance your understanding of physical phenomena and will provide you with modern analytical tools for the design and synthesis of mechanical components and systems. Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics is a rich field of discovery and an evolving discipline that continuously adapts to tackle current and challenging problems. Some of the current areas of research explored by our faculty include advanced and sustainable energy systems, mathematical and computational modeling, complex and free-surface flows, aeroelasticity and hydroelasticity, autonomous vehicles, biomechanics and biosensors, controls, robotics, nano/micro-technology, polymer physics, design optimization, and complex systems. At UC Merced you will be exposed to rigorous courses on the fundamental areas of mechanics (including mathematics) as well as specific research areas for which our faculty are among the leading world experts (e.g., Non-Imaging Optics, Radiation Transfer, Variable Order Mechanics, Robotics, Control, Motion Planning, Applied Mathematics, Clean Energy Technologies, etc.) You will also have the chance to conduct research on both field and lab related environments where the most modern techniques and methodolgies are employed to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time.


Mechanical Engineering Program Mission, Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering program at UC Merced is to provide a modern, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary educational experience to its students with the objective of preparing them for successful careers in the current and dynamically changing professional environment. To achieve this mission, the Mechanical Engineering program strives to accomplish the following educational objectives:

Program Educational Objectives

1.    To provide a solid background on the pertinent mathematical, physical, chemical and engineering concepts that make up the foundations of the broad disciplines of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, as well as on their closely associated fields;

2.    To provide our students with the knowledge to correctly apply natural laws to the creative formulation and solution of engineering problems through the use of analytical, computational and experimental techniques;

3.    To expand the reach of research in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics to non-traditional areas by continually seeking to incorporate new methodologies and research findings to our graduate curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Upon receiving a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, we expect our students to demonstrate:

a.    An ability to apply advanced concepts of informatics, mathematics, science, and engineering;

b.    An ability to design and conduct experiments and numerical simulations, analyze, and interpret general scientific and engineering information;

c.    An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;

d.    An ability to solve multidisciplinary problems;

e.    An ability to communicate effectively;

f.    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and scientific tools necessary for research in engineering and applied mechanics;

g.    An effective working knowledge of the principles of Mechanics and Thermodynamics and how these principles evolve into other disciplines such as Heat and Mass Transfer, Vibration and Control, Computational Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, etc.

h.    An ability to recognize new forms of thinking and new promising directions in engineering and science, and an understanding of modern tools of analysis, synthesis and design (such as neural networks, genetic algorithms, adaptive and bio-mimetic design, virtual environments, uncertainty in simulations, life-cycle analysis, etc.);

i.    An ability to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts from mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and other disciplines into engineering solutions and vice-versa.


For more information on specific research areas, please consult the tab to the individual faculty pages above.