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Degree Programs

Click on the links below for information on degree program outcomes and objectives, admission standards, coursework requirements, and curriculum sequence.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Certificate Programs

The M.E. Department uses graduate certificate programs to formally establish and recognize technical specialization areas within the M.Eng., M.Sc., and Ph.D. programs. One program, Environmental Engineering, is in place, and several others are under development:

  1. Environmental Engineering  This certificate already exists. It was originally developed by the Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering. There are five M.E. courses on the approved course list (four are required to earn the certificate) and M.E. graduate students are eligible for the program (staging site - See Dr. Ellen Brehob with any questions regarding the program requirements.
  2. Rehabilitation Engineering   Rehabilitation engineering is the "systematic application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by individuals with disabilities. Functional areas addressed through rehabilitation engineering may include mobility, communications, hearing, vision, and cognition, and activities associated with employment, independent living, education, and integration into the community." [1]  Biomechanics, a research and curricular focus area available in all three M.E. Department graduate programs, is one of the most important of these engineering science areas. The Rehabilitation engineering graduate certificate program is a collaborative effort involving the Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering and Industrial Engineering (ergonomics), Exercise Physiology, and Orthopedic Surgery at UofL, and Frazier Rehab Institute. In addition to curricular and project requirements, the rehab engineering certificate includes a practice-oriented clinical internship. Development of the program is being directed by Dr. Gina Bertocci.
  3.  Micro- and Nanoengineering  Microtechnology involves the design, production, and application of devices with features on the scale of one micrometer (10-6 meter). These devices usually contain multiple components, and may be may be electronic in nature (integrated circuits, wires, passive RLC devices, sensors, etc.), mechanical (gears, bearings, rotors, motors), optical (switching components), or fluidic (valves pumps, turbines). These tiny devices have the potential to dramatically reduce costs and increase reliability relative to corresponding macro-devices. Nanotechnology involves the control and manipulation of matter at molecular or even atomic atomic scales usually defined as 100 nanometers (one nanometer is 10-9 meters).  Nanotechnology is already making possible stronger, more wear resistant materials, and has the potential to create structures that deliver drugs to specific individual cells. UofL has made a massive investment in the expensive infrastructure needed to conduct micro- and nanotechnology research. The cleanroom facility in the Belknap research building is rated as one of the ten best in the nation. The MNT certificate program is truly interdisciplinary in nature, with Speed School participation from ME, Bioengineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Drs. Balaji "Baloo" Panchapakesan and Tom Berfield are directing development of this program.
  4. Noise and Vibration Control Engineering   Noise and/or vibration can be a problem with any device that moves, undergoes elastic deformations, or experiences time-dependent force or displacement inputs (e.g., practically all machines and structures). Manifestations of these problems can be simple annoyance (a loud HVAC blower, for example), to catastrophic (structural collapse due to fatigue failure arising from large amplitude vibration). Professor Chris Richards leads the team developing the NVCE graduate certificate proposal.
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