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  Oct 19, 2017
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering


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The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science offers MS and PhD degrees in both areas as well as MS degree in Nuclear Engineering, and the graduate certificate in Nuclear Engineering which is open to all graduate students within the Swanson School of Engineering. The certificate in Nuclear Engineering may also be earned by qualified post baccalaureate students who are not seeking to also earn an MS degree.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Brian Gleeson, PhD
Main Office: 636 Benedum Hall
412-624-9784
Fax: 412-624-4846
E-mail: pittme@engr.pitt.edu
http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/MEMS/

MSE Graduate Director: Jung-Kun Lee, PhD
636 Benedum Hall
412-648-3395
E-mail: jul37@pitt.edu

ME Graduate Director: Qing Ming Wang, PhD
636 Benedum Hall
412-624-4885
E-mail: qiw4@pitt.edu

NE Graduate Director: Daniel Cole, PhD
636 Benedum Hall
412-624-3069
E-mail: dgcole@pitt.edu

MEMS Graduate Administrator: Carolyn Chuha
636D Benedum Hall
412-624-9722
E-mail: cac90@pitt.edu

Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers broad-based educational and research programs in materials science and engineering leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy. These programs are oriented toward the application of fundamental knowledge of materials science and engineering to the solution of real-world materials problems that impede technological progress. They are designed to educate engineers, providing them with the tools to become successful in research, development, production, management, and teaching. The department also offered a joint degree program with the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Basic courses on the structure, properties, and energetics of materials are taken in common. The student, working with faculty advisors, tailors the program to suit individual interests and demands of the student’s chosen field of specialization through advanced and specialty courses.

The range of research programs in the department reflects the broad spectrum of interest of the faculty. However, interest in the structure and properties of materials and their relationship to materials processing is a common thread that ties together many of the programs. Research is aimed at building an understanding of basic phenomena that will lead to solutions of materials problems at the forefront of technological and social progress.

Current research programs are centered in several areas of ceramics, and magnetic materials: metals, including corrosion and oxidation; high-temperature materials; magnetic materials; materials for energy applications; addictive manufacturing; metal-forming processes; phase transformations in metals and ceramics; intermetallic phases; plastic deformation of metals; surfaces and interfaces; thermomechanical processing of steels; ceramic processing; sintering science; high-temperature superconductivity; electronic properties of ceramics; ferroelectrics and magnetorheological fluids; nanostructured materials; catalytic materials; thin film science and technology; and laser processing of materials

Master of Science Program

The Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering degree (MSMSE) may be pursued as either a Professional MS Track program (for practicing engineers) or a Research MS Track program. Students can tailor their individual MS program to emphasize different aspects of materials science and engineering (e.g., ceramics, metallurgy, etc.).

Admissions

A bachelor’s or master’s degree holder applying to the program must have cumulative grade point average (QPA) equal to or higher than 3.0 (B) or equivalent. Students who do not meet this requirement may be able to enter the program based on experience demonstrating their excellence, as evaluated by the Graduate Committee.

In some cases, depending on previous background and QPA, students may be admitted initially on a provisional basis. This usually requires students to secure grades of 3.0 (B) or better in courses that are required to obtain a better background in materials  science and engineering and/or other graduate-level courses as deemed necessary by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

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The Doctor of Philosophy Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is a research degree leading largely to careers in teaching and research in academia and in industry. This program is designed for excellent students. As the studies progress, students develop an understanding at the highest level in their area of specialization that must lead to an original contribution to the field in the PhD dissertation.

Admissions

A bachelor’s or master’s degree holder applying to the program must have a QPA equal to or higher than 3.3 (B+) or equivalent. Students who do not meet this requirement may be able to enter the program based on experience demonstrating their excellence, as evaluated by the Graduate Committee.

In some cases, depending on previous background and QPA, students may be admitted initially on a provisional basis. This usually requires students to secure grades of 3.3 (B+) or better in courses that are required to obtain a better background in materials science and engineering and/or other graduatelevel courses as deemed necessary by the Graduate Admissions Committee

Graduate Materials Science Courses

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Six core courses are offered annually and other graduate courses are offered on a two-year rotation.

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree Programs

The mechanical engineering graduate program offers PhD and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering, and master of science degree in nuclear engineering. Each graduate student’s program is developed individually within very broad limits and is carefully designed to meet his or her needs and objectives. The graduate faculty is committed to high-quality research and teaching. The curriculum is an integrated program of study in applied sciences, applied mathematics, and modern computational procedures that are relevant to the research emphasis in the department. The research is focused on five major areas: (1) Energy Technology: fluid mechanics, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, heat transfer, combustion, fuel cells, gas turbines, advanced thermodynamics cycles and hybrid systems, thermal hydraulics in nuclear energy generation, energy accountability and sustainability in electronic equipment; transducers and control; (2) Smart Materials, Transducers, Dynamic Systems and Control: Sensors and actuators based on smart materials, adaptive structures and materials, structural acoustics, active/passive noise control, micro-electro-mechanical systems, microfluidic devices, radio-frequency energy harvesting, structural acoustics, and structural vibration control, novel actuators and mechatronics; (3) Nanotechnology: process design and modeling, tribology, composite materials, computational materials, multiscale simulation methods; micro- and nano-fabrication and characterization methods; (4) Advanced Manufacturing: 3D additive manufacturing, inkjet printing, laser manufacturing, topology optimization; and (5) Biomechanics: constitutive modeling of soft biological tissues, experimental and computational biomechanics, biomechanical modeling/simulation; musculoskeletal biomechanics, upper extremity biomechanics, joint replacement. In addition to the MS and PhD degrees, the department also offers a dual degree program with the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Admissions

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An application for either the MS in mechanical engineering or PhD program is judged on the student’s prior academic record, GRE scores (required for PhD applicants), the accreditation of the prior degree granting school, and the capability of the department to match the applicant’s interest with the program. A foreign national student who did not receive his or her Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree from an accredited U.S. institution is required to take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of at least 550 (213 for the computerbased exam/80 internet-based exam) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and receive a minimum result of Band 6.5 as well as the GRE. GRE testing may also be required for applicants of the MS program if requested by the Graduate Committee. Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in another engineering field, mathematics, or physics will also be considered for the graduate program with the possibility that prerequisite courses may be required.

A part-time program is available for students who are employed in local industries. Part-time students usually carry from 3 to 6 credits per term in either day or evening classes.

Requirements for the Master of Science Program

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The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree (MSME) can be pursued as either a Professional MS Track (for practicing engineers) or a Research MS Track. The Professional Track is best suited to those currently in industry who are looking to increase their knowledge.

The Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Science offers graduate studies in advanced nuclear engineering. The graduate faculty is committed to high-quality research and teaching. The curriculum is an integrated program of study in applied sciences, applied mathematics, and modern computational procedures that are relevant to the research emphasis in the department. The research is focused on three major areas: (1) Nuclear Energy Technology (2) Operations and Safety (3) Nuclear Materials (4) Nuclear Modeling and Simulations and (5) Radiology and Radiochemistry.

Degree Programs

An application for the MS program is judged on the student’s prior academic record, GRE scores, the accreditation of the prior degree granting school, and the capability of the department to match the applicant’s interest with the program. A foreign national student who did not receive his or her Bachelor of Science from an accredited U.S. institution is required to take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of at least 550 (213 for the computer-based exam / 79-80 internet-based exam) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and receive a minimum result of Band 6.5 as well as the GRE. Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in another engineering field, mathematics, or physics will also be considered for the graduate program with the possibility that prerequisite courses may be required. A part-time program is available for students who are employed in local industries. Part-time students usually carry from three to six credits per term in either day or evening classes.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis with strong emphasis given to academic promise, career orientation, work experience, and preparation in engineering and related disciplines. In some cases, applicants may be admitted provisionally until certain deficiencies in either coursework or academic achievement are satisfied.

Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences is offering a certificate for students in the Swanson School of Engineering with an interest in nuclear science and technology. Students from the Bioengineering, Civil, Chemical, Industrial, Mechanical, Materials Science, and Electrical/Computer engineering programs may be most interested in obtaining this certificate.

Fifteen units are required to complete the certificate. This certificate may be combined with graduate courses in any one of the School’s seven Master of Science (MS) degree programs or the certificate may be awarded stand-alone as a post-baccalaureate certificate. Since the nuclear courses are cross-listed as Mechanical Engineering courses, they can be counted toward both a MSME degree and Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate.

This program provides coursework for graduate level nuclear engineering education with a focus on nuclear operations and safety. This focus on nuclear operations and safety not only fulfills a recognized educational need, but is also designed to take advantage of unique industrial resources in the Pittsburgh area which will greatly facilitate student learning.

The renaissance of nuclear science and technology in the United States has created a need in the marketplace once again for engineers with nuclear knowledge. The University of Pittsburgh aims to meet these marketplace needs by preparing engineers through the graduate certificate in nuclear engineering. Classes are taught by current and former nuclear engineers, including faculty with experience conducting commercial nuclear operations programs for Westinghouse or the Beaver Valley Nuclear Station and with certificates or operation licenses from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Objectives

The objectives of the nuclear engineering certificate are:

  • To develop the basic competencies needed by science and engineering graduates to contribute quickly and effectively to the renaissance of nuclear science and technology in the United States and abroad.
  • To create a benchmark educational program that can serve as a model throughout academia

Programs

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