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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Program in Mechanical Engineering

department web page: www-mae.uta.edu/
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Kendall Harris
204 Wolff Hall

Admission Requirements | Continuation | Degree Requirements | Courses: ME

Area of Study and Degrees

Mechanical Engineering
M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis (M.S.) and Non-Thesis (M.Engr.)

Graduate Advisor

Roger D. Goolsby
325B Woolf Hall, 817- 272-2006

Graduate Faculty


Agonafer, Aswath, Chan, Goolsby, Haji-Sheikh, Hullender, Johnson, Lawrence, Lu, Mills, Nomura, Wang, Wilson, Woods, Yih, You

Associate Professor

Harris, Shiakolas, Tong

President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus


Professors Emeritus

Barker, Lawley, Wiseman


The graduate program provides opportunities for professional development in such forms as: instructional courses to enhance technical competence in areas of mechanical engineering practice; training through a variety of experiences in design, development, research, experimentation, and/or analysis in joint efforts with faculty and peers; specialized courses of study required for entry into career fields allied to the mechanical engineering discipline; guided individual study under faculty supervision; and supportive coursework for programs leading to careers that require interdisciplinary competence.

A student with aid from a faculty advisor plans a program which will be consistent with his or her technical interests and the available facilities and course offerings. Typically, programs are classified as:

  1. Automatic Control and Systems
  2. Design
  3. Fluid Mechanics
  4. Heat Transfer
  5. Manufacturing Processes
  6. Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  7. Thermodynamics

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master's degree who hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the section entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures." Applicants not meeting all criteria will be admitted on provisional or probationary basis only under exceptional circumstances.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same minimum criteria will apply and, in addition, their records will be reviewed in relation to the intended program of study. Probationary status with specific remedial work required may be a basis for acceptance of such applicants.

The acceptance of applicants who have already received a master's degree in engineering will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work, including the master's thesis.


The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each mechanical engineering graduate student must:

  1. Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework, and
  2. Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by mechanical engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Thermal Science: ME 5316 Thermal Conduction, ME 5317 Convection Heat Transfer, ME 5318 Radiative Heat Transfer, ME 5321 Advanced Classical Thermodynamics
Fluid Science: ME 5313 Fluid Dynamics, ME 5342 Advanced Gas Dynamics I, ME 5344 Viscous Flows,
Design, Mechanics and Manufacturing: ME 5310 Finite Element Methods, ME 5337 Introduction to Robotics, ME 5339 Structural Aspects of Design, ME 6314 Mechanisms,
Controls and Systems: ME 5303 Classical Methods of Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5305 Dynamic Systems Modeling, ME 5307 Modern Methods of Control System Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5341 Control Systems Components.

Analysis Courses

ME 5331, ME 5332, approved mathematics courses.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required as follows: three core courses (one course each in three of the four areas) and two analysis courses listed above; three courses (nine credit hours) related to a specialty in mechanical engineering; and six credit hours of thesis. The student must enroll in ME 5398 or ME 6397 every semester in which the student is actively involved in thesis preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in ME 5698 in the semester of graduation.

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required as follows: four core courses (one in each area) and two analysis courses listed above; six courses (18 credit hours) of elective courses in engineering, mathematics, and/or science relating to the student's interest areas. The elective courses may include as many as six hours of special project courses (ME 5391).

Manufacturing Engineering Option

Students desiring a program in manufacturing engineering may achieve this goal while meeting the requirements for a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. This is accomplished by selecting a specific program of courses. Upon completion, the student receives a Manufacturing Engineer's Certificate along with the MSME or MEME. Specifics are available in the Mechanical Engineering office.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree should normally require four years of full-time study after completion of the BS degree. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree.

To meet the educational goal of a broad-based technical background in mechanical engineering, it is expected that each student will take sufficient coursework to obtain in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of mechanical engineering. Consequently, the Department expects all Ph.D. candidates to complete at least the following minimum requirements beyond the B.S. degree:

  1. Three core courses (nine credit hours) listed for the MS and M.Engr. degrees.
  2. One additional course (three credit hours) at the graduate level in one of the broad areas of mechanical engineering outside the student's major area of specialization. Core courses are also acceptable for meeting this requirement.
  3. Eight additional courses (24 credit hours) in the student's major area of interest. Master thesis can be used to substitute for six (6) credit hours.
  4. Two courses (six credit hours) of engineering analysis (ME 5331, 5332, or other approved mathematics courses).
  5. Two courses (six credit hours) of mathematics, numerical analysis, computer science, or statistics, outside of mechanical engineering.
  6. Two courses (six credit hours) in science and/or engineering outside of mechanical engineering.
  7. Nine credit hours (ME 6999) for Dissertation.

Final course requirements are determined by the student's supervising committee. In addition, a student must pass three examinations before being awarded the Ph.D. degree: the Diagnostic Exam, the Comprehensive Exam, and the Final Exam (or Dissertation Examination).

A Diagnostic Examination will be administered to the student within the first two semesters after a Master's degree or before the accumulation of 42 semester hours of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Diagnostic Exam is a written test of the student's capability to pursue successfully the doctorate degree, and it aids in developing the program of study for the student. The Diagnostic Examination tests for fundamental knowledge in one technical area of mechanical engineering and mathematics. The students choose the technical area from the following four: (1) thermal/fluid sciences, (2) solid mechanics and structures, (3) systems and controls, and (4) mechanical design. The mathematics portion of the exam will be at the level covered in ME 5331 and 5332. The exam topics for the technical areas are given in the ME Ph.D. Diagnostic Exam handout. The Diagnostic Examination for Ph.D. students is offered the first month of the Fall and Spring Semesters each year.

A comprehensive examination will be administered to the student after the successful completion of all phases of the diagnostic examination and before the student starts research work for the dissertation. The comprehensive examination is used to determine if the student has the necessary background and specialization required for the dissertation research and if the student can organize and conduct the research. An applicant must pass this examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

The student must enroll in at least three hours of dissertation course (ME 6399-6999) or research course (ME 6397-6999) every semester in which the student is actively involved in dissertation preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in ME 6999 in the semester of graduation.

The student must submit the Application for Candidacy and Final Program of Work to the Mechanical Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies immediately after completion of the Comprehensive Examination. Coursework taken for the Master's degree at this institution may be used to meet these requirements; however, courses listed for the Master's degree or any other degree cannot be listed as the actual course requirement on the Final Program of Work. Transfer work is not accepted in doctoral programs; however, such courses may provide a basis for waiving some course requirements.

The Final Examination (or Dissertation Examination) is an oral presentation of the dissertation in the form of a seminar before the student's Committee and is open to the members of the University community. Approval of the dissertation by the members of the Dissertation Committee is required.

Please see the section entitled General Graduate School Regulations and Information in this Catalog for further details.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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