The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies through the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering offers advanced training in mechanical engineering through a curriculum that provides both depth and breadth studies. The objectives of the program are:
1. To prepare graduates to enter the workforce and perform at a higher professional level than those with the B.S. degree.
2. To provide advanced training for engineers currently in the workforce, allowing them to perform at a higher level in their company.
3. To provide adequate preparation for those graduates who wish to enter a doctoral program in mechanical engineering.
4. To provide a nationally recognized graduate program in Mechanical Engineering at UT Permian Basin through a combination of theoretical and practical education that develops professional expertise in Mechanical Engineering graduates.
5. To establish a graduate program in Mechanical Engineering in the Permian Basin that nurtures discovery, synthesis, and professional advancement.
Students who wish to pursue the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program must meet the general UT Permian Basin graduate admissions requirements. Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited program, or equivalent. Students lacking prerequisite courses required by the program must complete them before starting any graduate-level work.
Regular Admission Status
1. Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited institution, or equivalent.
2. A GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of upper level coursework.
3. GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical reasoning that, when combined with the GPA from item 2, indicate the potential for success in the program.
Conditional Admission Status
A student with a GPA below 3.0 but not lower than 2.75 in the last 60 semester credit hours of upper level coursework will be considered for admission based on the student’s application. The committee will review upper level courses taken and GRE scores to determine if there is appropriate preparation deemed necessary for success in the program. Conditionally admitted students may be required to take leveling courses before being fully admitted to the program and will have to maintain the required GPA to remain a graduate student. A conditional student who completes the five core courses in the program (15 hours) with a GPA of 3.0 or better will achieve regular admission status; otherwise the student will be dismissed from the program.
Students may elect the thesis or non-thesis option. On acceptance into the program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor by the program coordinator. Prior to completion of one-half of the course credits required for the degree, the advisor and the student will nominate a committee in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate Studies office.
The Thesis Option requires 2 semester credit hours of coursework and 6 semester credit hours of original research resulting in a thesis. The thesis must be acceptable to the candidate’s graduate committee and written such that it conforms to the rules established in the Graduate Studies office at the University of Texas Permian Basin. After approval of the thesis by the student’s graduate committee, the student must present a seminar on the thesis, defending its conclusions orally to the general faculty and representatives of the Graduate Studies office. Copies of the approved thesis must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office before the degree is conferred.
The Non-Thesis Option requires 36 semester credit hours of coursework.
Candidates for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering must complete the work detailed below. Candidates must complete all required coursework and/or research with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to receive the degree. No more than two C grades in 6000-level courses will be counted toward the degree. One 43XX engineering course with a minimum grade of B, taken after acceptance into the program, may be counted toward the degree with the permission of the student’s advisor.
ENGR 6305 Engineering Materials (3)
Detailed exploration of engineering materials including the strengthening mechanisms and properties of engineering alloys, polymers, and composites; analysis of the effects of processing on material properties; exploration of the material selection process in design. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
ENGR 6310 Advanced Engineering Analysis (3)
Designed to provide graduate students with the analytical mathematical tools to analyze complex engineering problems. Topics include power series solutions, Laplace transform, eigenvalue problem, Fourier series and integrals, classification and solutions to partial differential equations (diffusion, wave and Laplace’s equations), and complex variable theory. Prerequisite: graduate standing or pennission of the course instructor.
ENGR 6315 Design of Experiments (3)
Design and analysis of experiments with a focus on process optimization. Simple comparative experiments; experiments with a single factor: the analysis of variance; randomized blocks, Latin squares, and factorial designs; experiments with random factors; nested and split-plot designs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6320 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3)
This course is designed to enable students to perform fundamental analyses and design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. The topics covered include: moist air properties, basic air conditioning processes, comfort and health design conditions, space heating and cooling load calculations, duct and pipe sizing, and HVAC Systems and Equipment. A comprehensive design project is a requirement of this c0urse. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6325 Optimal Design of Thermo-Fluid Systems (3)
Selection of components in fluid- and energy-processing systems to meet system performance requirements. Modeling of components and systems. Simulation of thennal systems. Economic considerations. Formulation for optimization. Design modeling of thermal systems and its methods of optimization. Calculus based methods of optimization. Direct search methods of optimization. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6330 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3)
Topics covered in this course are: analysis of stress and strain, introduction to the theory of elasticity ,Airy’s stress function, Hertz contact stresses, failure criteria, bending of asymmetrical cross sections, bending of curved beams, Saint Venant’s theory of torsion, axisymmetrically loaded members, beams on elastic foundations, energy methods, elastic stability, and an introduction to stresses in plates and shells. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6335 Intermediate Dynamics (3)
Dynamics of a particle and systems of particles, Lagrange’s equations, kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6340 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3)
Deformation, stress, and pressure distribution in fluids. Integral relations for a control volume. Differential relations of fluid flow. Navier-Stokes equation and theory of viscous flow. Laminar boundary layer theory and von Karman momentum integral method. Turbulence. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6345 Engineering Optimization (3)
Advanced optimal design of mechanical systems. Unconstrained optimization in everal variables (e.g. gradient search, random search), constrained optimization in several variables (e.g. linear programming, nonlinear programming, Lagrange multipliers, geometric programming) and problems structured for multistage decision (e.g. dynamic programming). Formulation of problems which can be solved by these techniques. Project involving the application of one or more optimization methods. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6350 Applied Finite Element Analysis (3)
This course assists graduate students new to the field of structural analysis using finite element analysis (FEA). The course focuses on mechanical design and strength of materials applications using FEA, and particular emphasis is placed in hands-on experience of a large-scale, general purpose commercial software package. Topics covered in the course are: introduction to FEA, trusses, axial members, beams and frames, fundamental of stress analysis, plane stress problems, three-dimensional stress analysis, dynamic problems. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6355 Advanced Heat Transfer (3)
This course is designed to enable students to analyze general problems of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. The topics include analytical and approximate solutions of steady and unsteady conduction, fully developed and developing internal and external laminar and turbulent forced and natural convection, radiation in absorbing and transmitting media, and boiling and condensation. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6360 Fatigue Design and Fracture Mechanics (3)
This course is concerned with the design, development, and failure analysis of components, structures and vehicles subjected to cyclic loading or when structural design decisions are based on fatigue resistance and durability. The course covers the following topics; fatigue as phenomenon-in the material, stress-life approach, strain-life method, fracture mechanics, notches and their effects, variable amplitude loading, and multiaxial stresses in fatigue. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6389 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3)
Occasionally offered special topics course in Mechanical Engineering to be used as an elective course in the master’s degree program. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.
MENG 6399 Master’s Thesis (3)
This course meets the research requirements for the thesis option in the master’s degree program. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the course instructor.