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Graduate Program

Mechanical Engineering Graduates

The Department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering degree.

This program emphasizes design and application in four main areas of specialization: aerospace, mechanical systems, dynamics and control, and thermal-fluid systems. 

Faculty research interests focus on these and other areas including air pollution, bioengineering, computational fluid dynamics, energy processes, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and mechatronics. Practicing engineers can choose from many elective courses to meet their professional needs.

The Mechanical Engineering Department has multiple design and simulation laboratories as well as a subsonic wind tunnel, a rocket engine test cell, a manufacturing facility, and an environmental test chamber. All laboratories employ advanced Computer-Aided Engineering tools to provide the students with real-world design experiences.

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Admission Requirements/Application Information

  • Satisfaction of all requirements for admission to the University (see University section regarding Graduate Programs provided elsewhere in this catalog).
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a Quantitative score ranking in the 50th percentile at minimum.
  • Minimum Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Approval by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department Graduate Coordinator.

To submit your application for admission, visit the Admissions & Records website.


Note: Graduate courses can be taken through the Tseng College of Extended Learning without formal admission to the MS program. Up to 9 of these units can be transferred into the program following admission.PDF icon

MSME Program Requirements

Program requirements, effective Fall 2019: MSME Program Flyer, Fall 2019

Program requirements, effective Fall 2020: MSME Program Flyer, Fall 2020

For Advancement to Classified Graduate Studies

  1. Upon completion of 12 units and satisfaction of University requirements for classified status (see University section regarding Graduate Programs provided elsewhere in this catalog).

  2. Completion of all requirements noted on individual admissions documents.

  3. Submission of a tentative program of study to the graduate coordinator.

  4. Approval by the Department Graduate Coordinator.


For the Degree

Completion of 30 units under the Thesis Plan, or 33 units under the Comprehensive Examination Plan.Formal approval of granting of the degree by the Mechanical Engineering faculty.

  1. Thesis Plan
    • 24 units of course work applicable to the M.S. degree, of which at least 18 units must be Engineering courses at the 500 or 600-level. All course work in the student’s graduate program must be completed with a C or better.
    • 6 units of Thesis, and successful defense of Thesis.
  2. Comprehensive Examination Plan
  • 30 units of course work applicable to the M.S. degree, of which at least 21 units must be Engineering courses at the 500 or 600-level. All course work in the student’s graduate program must be completed with a C or better.
  • 3 units of Directed Comprehensive Study, and successful passage of a comprehensive examination.
  • Classification is a prerequisite for enrollment in either of the culminating experience options - thesis or comprehensive examination.
  • Formal approval of granting of the degree by the Mechanical Engineering Faculty.


    Required Courses (9-21 Units)

    The number of required units depends on the number of “Expected Background” courses taken previously as part of a B.S. program, and whether the Thesis or Comprehensive Examination Plan is chosen.Any “Expected Background” courses not taken are required in the M.S. program. The “Prerequisites” courses or their equivalents are required if they have not been taken previously, but they do not count as part of the M.S. program.Students interested in this program, who do not have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, should contact the Graduate Coordinator regarding prerequisite requirements.

            1. Required Core MS Program

              • Select one of the following:

                • ME 501A Seminar in Engineering Analysis I (3)
                • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
              • Select one of the following:

                • AE 697 Direct Comprehensive Studies (3)
                • AE 698 Thesis (6)
                • ME 697 Direct Comprehensive Studies (3)
                • ME 698 Thesis (6)

              Select at least one course from three of the four emphasis groups shown below. Students may select appropriate experimental or special topics courses in an emphasis that are not shown on the list below, with the approval of their advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

            2. Electives (12-18 Units):

              1. Aerospace Emphasis 
                Prerequisites: ME 309, 370, 375, 390 
                Expected Background
                • AE 472 Aero-Propulsion Systems (3)
                • AE 480 Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering (3)
                • AE 589 Aerodynamics (3)

                Suggested Electives
                • AE 572 Rocket Propulsion (3)
                • AE 586 Aircraft Design (3)
                • AE 672 Advanced Aero Propulsion (3)
                • AE 680 Flight Vehicle Performance (3)
                • AE 689 Advanced Aerodynamics (3)
              2. Mechanical Systems Design Emphasis

                Prerequisites: ME 309, 330, 370, 375, 384, 390 
                Expected Background
                • AM 410 Vibration Analysis (3)
                • ME 415 Kinematics of Mechanisms (3)
                • ME 430 Machine Design Applications (3)

                Suggested Electives
                • ME 409 Computer-aided Mechanical Engineering (3)
                • ME 515 Dynamics of Machinery (3)
                • ME 531 Mechanical Design with Composites (3)
                • ME 532 Mechanics of Polymers (3)
                • ME 560 Automotive Engineering (3)
                • ME 630 Computer-Aided Machine Design (3)
                • ME 686A Advanced Modeling, Analysis and optimization I (3)
                • ME 686B Advanced Modeling, Analysis and Optimization II (3)
              3. System Dynamics and Controls Emphasis 

                Prerequisites: ME 309, 330, 370, 375, 384, 390 
                Expected Background
                • AM 410 Vibration Analysis (3)
                • ME 415 Kinematics of Mechanisms (3)
                • ME 484 Control of Mechanical Systems (3)

                Suggested Electives
                • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
                • ME 503 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
                • ME 520 Robot Mechanics and Control (3)
                • ME 522 Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (3)
                • ME 584 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (3)
                • ME 684 Design and Control of Dynamic Systems (3)
              4. Thermofluid Systems Emphasis 

                Prerequisites: ME 309, 370, 375, 390 
                Expected Background
                • ME 470 Thermodynamics II (3)
                • ME 490 Fluid Dynamics (3)
                • ME 575 Applied Heat and Mass Transfer (3)

                Suggested Electives
                • ME 483 Solar, Wind and Geothermal Energy(3)
                • ME 485 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)
                • ME 493 Hydraulics (3)
                • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
                • ME 573 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)
                • ME 583 Thermal-Fluids System Design (3)
                • ME 590 Advanced Fluid Dynamics (3)
                • ME 593 Compressible Flow (3)
                • ME 670 Advanced Topics in Thermodynamics (3)
                • ME 675A Conductive and Radiative Heat Transfer (3)
                • ME 675B Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3)
                • ME 678 Transport Phenomena (3)
                • ME 683 Energy Processes (3)
                • ME 692 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)

    Total Units Required: 30-33 

    MSME Application Deadline

    The application window for Fall 2018 semester admissions is scheduled to remain open until May 31st, 2018.

    Course Description

    Course Descriptions

    For a list of 400-level course work eligible to be used for credit in the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, click here

    (300-level courses in Mechanical Engineering do not carry credit towards the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering)



    Analytic and numerical methods applied to the solution of engineering problems at an advanced level. Solution methods are demonstrated on a wide range of engineering topics, including structures, fluids, thermal, thermal energy transport, and mechanical systems. This course emphasizes physical phenomena that can be described by systems of ordinary differential equations.


    Analytic and numerical methods applied to the solution of engineering problems at an advanced level. Solution methods are demonstrated on a wide range of engineering topics, including structures, fluids, thermal, thermal energy transport, and mechanical systems. This course emphasizes physical phenomena that can be described by partial differential equations.


    Preparatory: Senior-standing. Covers the design of medical instrumentation, specifically Biosensors, Therapeutic and Prosthetic Devices, Biopotential Amplifiers, and Lab Instrumentation. Applications to associated human organ systems are also covered. Multidisciplinary analysis, design, and simulation of bioengineering instrumentation are studied and implemented using computer methodology and techniques from engineering, physics, and mathematics. (Crosslisted with ECE 503)


    Prerequisite: ME 415. Recommended Corequisite: ME 501A. Forces, motion and inertia in machines. Analysis of linkages, cams, rotor dynamics, reciprocal and rotational balancing, whirl modes and orbits, signature analysis of machine elements. Computer simulation of machinery dynamics, including the inverse dynamics.


    Prerequisite: ME384 or equivalent; Corequisite: ME415 or consent of instructor. Overview of the state of the art of robotics and tele-robotics. Analysis, modeling, and simulation of motions, differential motions, and dynamics of robots. Emphasis will be placed on various aspects of robot controls: position and force. Experience in robot design will be gained through course projects.



    Prerequisite: Senior Standing.  Overview of the state of the art on autonomous ground vehicles. Locomotion, mobile kinematics, perception, localization, obstacle avoidance and navigation of autonomous vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on chassis design, various sensor performance and navigation algorithm development. Knowledge of motion control, vision perception, sensor active ranging, and GPS navigation will be gained through course projects.



    Prerequisite: ME 330. Introduction to various types of composite materials, their classifications and properties. Mechanics of composite materials with a focus on macromechanics of lamina and laminate. Stress, stiffness and failure analysis of laminate. Design and analysis of symmetric and non-symmetric laminated beams. Shaft design under torsional and bending loading scenarios. Design and analysis of walled-cylinders. Integration of numerical design and analysis software suites.




    Prerequisite: ME 330. Introduction to polymeric materials, their characterization and properties. Focus on key mechanical properties essential for design. Stress-Strain behavior theories and models with special attention to hyperelasticity and viscoelasticity. Integration of numerical design and analyis software suites.



    Prerequisite: ME 330. Introduction to automotive engineering. Design and Analysis of automotive chassis, suspension, steering, brakes, power plants and drive system. Vehicle dynamics, performance, and system optimization. Design project required.


    Recommended Corequisite: ME 470. Characteristics and Performance of internal combustion engines; emphasis on Otto and Diesel types, alternative cycles considered. Thermodynamics of cycles, combustion, emissions, ignition, fuel metering and injection, friction, supercharging and engine compounding. Three hours lecture per week.


    Prerequisite: ME 390. Recommended corequisite: ME 384. Analysis and design of fluid power systems. Incompressible fluid mechanics, fluid power hydraulics. Hydraulic system components: pumps, accumulators, reservoirs, valves, filters, tubing and connectors. Operation and control of hydraulic power transmission systems. Applications in aircraft control, robotics, manufacturing equipment, mobile heavy machinery, etc.


    Prerequisites: ME 309; 370. Simulation and design optimization of power generating systems. Steam generating systems, turbines, cooling towers and condensers. Environmental impact, air pollution, water quality, and toxic material control. Impact of multi-unit power dispatching on system performance.


    Prerequisite: ME 370. Analysis and process design of engineering systems involving chemical reactions for which the rate of reactions must be considered. Rates of physical and chemical processes are considered; processes introduce where energy and mass transfer as well as chemical kinetics are important. Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics involved in the design of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors. Application to combustion systems and other environmental engineering systems.


    Prerequisite: ME 375 or equivalent. Continuation of ME 375 with emphasis on the convective modes of heat and mass transfer. Heat exchangers, evaporation, boiling, condensation, high speed flows and combined processes are considered application to design.


    Preparatory: ME 470; 490. System design and optimization course that integrates the disciplines of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Intent is to build upon and extend information previously acquired in these courses. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of components into a thermal-fluid system to accomplish a specified task with technical, economical, and social constraints. Series of design problems are assigned to the class as homework. These problems require students to incorporate design methodology into their work.


    Prerequisites: AM 316; ME 501A. Comprehensive and advanced treatment of the modeling techniques and response analyses of engineering dynamic systems. Both linear and nonlinear dynamic behavior of physical systems of different technical disciplines are studied with the aid of computer simulation. Mixed systems composed of electromechanical, fluid-mechanical and electrohydraulic components are also investigated. Computational and visualization tools, such as MATLAB and SIMULINK, are used to enhance analyzing and understanding of system performance.


    Prerequisite: ME 490. Analytical and computational techniques for the solution of fluid dynamic problems. Topics include: generalized One-dimensional compressible flows, unsteady and two-dimensional compressible flows, method of characteristics, compressible laminar and turbulent boundary layers, transition to turbulence, turbulent stress models and application of computational codes to the solution of practical problems.




    Prerequisites: ME 330; 415. Presentation and discussion on design of complex machinery based on closed or open-chain mechanisms. System approach to the design and analysis of practical systems with emphasis on the use of computer-aided engineering. Iterative design processes are exercised through completing design projects with steps of component selection and design optimization included. Pro-Engineer and Pro-Mechanica software are used to facilitate design processes.


    Prerequisite: ME 470; 390. Advanced topics in thermodynamics emphasizing real fluid behavior and modeling. Interaction between thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics and transport processes. Selected topics from microscopic thermodynamics applied to both equilibrium and non-equilibrium processes. Applications to real engineering systems are stressed.


    Prerequisite: ME 375. Theory and applications of the conductive and radiative modes of heat transfer. Analytical and numerical methods for single and multi-dimensional steady state and transient conduction. Numerical and analytical techniques as applied to radiative exchanges between diffuse and specular surfaces and transfer through absorbing-transmitting media.


    Preparatory: ME 575. Theory and application of convective heat and mass transfer. Free and forced convection in laminar and turbulent flows. Heat transfer with change of phase. Mass transfer applications including ablation and transpiration cooling, condensation, and evaporation.


    Preparatory: ME 575; 675B. Basic equations of heat mass and momentum transfer. Mass transfer in binary and multicomponent systems. Analysis of combined heat, mass, momentum-transfer problems. Turbulence. Chemically-reacting flows.



    Preparatory: ME 575; 670. Application of thermodynamic and transport processes to a design system for the development of energy resources. Emphasis is placed on new methods for the development of basic energy resources, and systems for the use and development of alternative energy sources. Topics to be considered include: Enhanced oil recovery, alternative resource technology (shale, tar sands, etc.), synthetic fuels, geothermal energy development, and other application topics at the of the instructor. Processes for improved efficiency in utilization of energy resources are also considered.



    Prerequisite: ME 484. Design and control of mechanical systems. Time-domain, and state space methods integrated into the design of dynamic processes. Application to automotive, aircraft, spacecraft, robots and related mechanical/aerospace systems. Digital simulations.



    Prerequisite: ME501A or equivalent. Modeling of engineering system performance and constraints; formulating systems of design rules; rules solving and optimization algorithms, and solver software. Students work as an integrated conceptual design team and share information at a CSUN Internet Virtual Design Portal. Students conduct broad based research on the selected system to harvest formulas, information and requirements needed to model the system and produce a joint report. Past systems have included solar systems and fuel cell systems.



    Prerequisite: M501A, ME686A. Review report produced in ME686A. Continued system modeling, conduct simulations of system missions, trade-studies and optimization; application of latest integrated design methods and supporting software and apply integrated design techniques to the design of the selected engineering system. Establish Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE) on CSUN Virtual Design Portal for team information sharing and passing design parameters between ICE Stations.



    Prerequisites: ME 309; 490. Introduction to the numerical analysis of fluid flows. Special techniques required for solution of the governing equations for viscous, inviscid and boundary layer flows. Applications to convective heat and mass transfer. Turbulence modeling and other submodels for complex engineering applications.



    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Advanced studies in selected areas of the field of Mechanical Engineering.







    (Credit/No Credit Only)





    AE 572. Rocket Propulsion (3)

    Prerequisites: ME 370 and 390 (or equivalent background). Flight environment. Mission propulsive requirements, staging, optimization. Chemical rockets. Thrust chamber design, nozzle design, propellant storage and pressurization systems. Liquid propellant combustion and expansion; Monopropellant systems; Solid propellant grain design; combustion instabilities; multiple phase, reacting nozzle flow. Ram/rocket hybrid engines. Energy limited vs. power limited systems. Introduction to electrical rocket propulsion.   


    AE 586. Aircraft Design

    Prerequisite: AE 480. Aircraft conceptual design, focused on industry practice, including discussion of the design process, initial sizing, selection of thrust-to-weight ratio and wing loading, configuration layout, propulsion integration, systems integration, performance optimization, and trade-off studies. Students do an individual aircraft design project. Includes performance analysis via simulated flight testing using a flight simulator.    


    AE 589. Aerodynamics

    Prerequisite: ME 390. Prediction of aerodynamic forces due to subsonic flows over aircraft/missile wings and bodies. Calculation of pressure distribution, lift, drag, moments and wall shearing stress in incompressible flow. Compressibility corrections are considered. Impact of these calculations on aerodynamic design are evaluated.    


    AE 672. Advanced Topics in Aero-Propulsion (3)

    Prerequisites: AE 472 and 589 or equivalent. Off-design performance of aero-propulsion systems. Solid propellant, ram jet, ram rocket, gas turbine, turbo-fan and prop-jet engines. Emphases on air-breathing applications in both subsonic and supersonic flight regimes.   


    AE 680. Flight Vehicle Performance (3)

    Prerequisite: AE 480. Flight vehicle trajectories with emphasis on preliminary mission planning. Flight vehicle equations of motion, static and dynamic stability, longitudinal and lateral motion. Influence of aerodynamic forces and heating on trajectory, launch, boost, orbit determination and re-entry. Satellite “capture” problem. Planetary-transfer trajectories.   


    AE 689. Advanced Aerodynamics (3)

    Prerequisite AE 589 or ME 490. Application of the principles of fluid dynamics to supersonic flows about wings and bodies. Topics include: generalized one-dimensional flow, shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansions, pressure distributions, lift, drag, moments and shear stresses on airfoils, wings and bodies. Applications to design are discussed.    


    AE 694. Seminar in Aerospace Engineering (1-3)

    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Advanced studies in selected areas of the field of Mechanical Engineering.   


    AE 695A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Aerospace Engineering (1-4)   


    AE 696A-C. Directed Graduate Research (3)   


    AE 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (1-3)

    (Credit/no Credit Only)   


    AE 698. Thesis or Graduate Project (1-6)   


    AE 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)


    ME Long Range Schedule

    Objectives and Learning Outcomes

    MSME Program Objectives

    1. Prepare graduates for advanced careers in the engineering profession, or for pursuing a doctoral degree.

    2. Provide post-baccalaureate study that allows students to realize their educational and professional goals.

    3. Improve students' understanding of engineering fundamentals and develop their advanced problem solving skills.


    MSME Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand and apply advanced engineering mathematics, particularly to problems requiring matrix analysis and solutions of differential equations.

    2. Apply modern computational tools to attain solutions of complex mechanical engineering problems in one of the four emphasis areas listed below.

    3. Demonstrate achievement of specific learning outcomes listed below in at least one of the following areas selected by the student:  (1) Aerospace Systems, (2) Mechanical Systems Design, (3) System Dynamics and Controls, (4) Thermal-fluid Systems.


    Aerospace Systems

    1. Develop graduates with an advanced understanding of aerospace vehicle performance/stability/control and aerospace propulsion systems.

    2. Prepare graduates to design practical aerospace systems.

    3. Develop graduates with skills to process data and solve aerospace system problems using both analytical and computational methods.


    Mechanical Systems

    1. Should have a thorough understanding of advanced machine design, and be able to solve design problems using analytical techniques.

    2. Be able to solve complex mechanical design problems using modern computational tools.

    3. Ability to perform system level design using advanced design methodologies, including optimization.


    System Dynamics and Controls

    1. Use modeling techniques and problem-solving approaches to formulate mathematical models across disciplines for complex dynamic systems, and apply classical and modern control theories to design control systems for the developed models.

    2. Use software to model, simulate, and analyze dynamic systems; interpret dynamic systems’ behavior; and develop control algorithms for the design of control systems.

    3. Perform analyses to select and size hardware for the design and control of modern systems and vehicles.


    Thermal-Fluid Systems

    1. Have a firm understanding of the physical principles which govern the behavior of fluid flow and energy transfer.

    2. Be able to solve complex thermal-fluids problems using both analytical and computational methods.

    3. Be able to design and optimize thermal-fluid systems using appropriate analysis and design methodologies. 

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    Recent Masters Thesis Projects

    Recent Masters Thesis Projects


    Burla, G.Experimental Study of Bubble Dynamics during Pool Boiling of Nano FluidsMukherjee
    Fabry, N.Computational Simulation of Chemo-Elastic SolidsBishay
    Gillberg, R.Autonomous Wheelchair Localization using 3-Dimensional Graphic Envelopes from Perception Sensor DataNandikolla
    Hartman, A.Design of a Smart Wheelchair for Hybrid Autonomous Medical MobilityNandikolla
    Safisamghabadi, M.Treatment of Pain Along the Spinal Cord using Bifocal UltrasoundSchaal
    Sampat, B.Study of Thermo-Electro-Mechanical Effects in Quantum Dots with Graded Lattice Mismatch StrainBishay
    Shoji, H.Numerical Investigation on Unsteady Aerodynamic Stability of Ground Vehicles during Cornering EntryMukherjee
    Sofi, A.Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis of Laminated Composite Space Frame Structures Using the Finite Element Method with a Newly Derived Explicit Tangent Stiffness MatrixBishay
    Syed, M.Computational Analysis and Design of Smart Periodic BeamsBishay
    Vempati, A.An Approximation of Steerable Bulk Wave in Solid Medium with implementation of Time Phasing using Distributed Point Source MethodDurgesh
    Zing, C.Numerical Analysis of Thermal Transport in Heat Exchangers filled by Porous Material with applications in Electronics CoolingMahjoob


    Lopez, M.The Study of Converse Magnetoelectric Coefficient of a Composite Multiferroic RingYoussef
    Zedelmair, MNumerical Simulation of Insulin Depot Formation and Absorption in Subcutaneous TissueMukherjee


    Ayers, B.The Control of Supercavitating Underwater Vehicles using Transverse-Mounted Synthetic JetsJohari
    Beaverson, M.Airborne Icing Tanker Spray Array Modeling and Simulation EffortFox
    Gil, A.Intelligent Wheelchair Utilizing a Fuzzy Approach with Cognitive, Facial and Speech Inputs for User CommandsLin
    Khalighi, A.Numerical Simulation of Bubble Growth during Nanofluid Flow Boiling in a MicrochannelMukherjee
    Lopez, C.Composite Mechanics of Annulus Fibrosus of Intervertebral DiscYoussef
    Peralta, R. J.Determination of the Geometry for a Ram-Air Parachute Canopy in Steady Flight Through Numerical SimulationsJohari
    Reyna, D.Transonic Flow Problems as CFD Instructional ToolsFox
    Seidel, J.A Holistic Approach to Finite Element Analysis of a Patient-Specific Human HeartNandikolla
    Whitten, I.The ultrasonic and dynamic mechanical properties of UV-exposed polyureaYoussef


    Benson, A.Low Speed Crash Resilience of a Low Speed VehicleRyan
    Chavez, A.Multiferroic Motor Design, Fabrication, and CharacterizationYoussef
    Flickinger, E.Analysis And Design of Suspension Members in a Formula SAE VehiclePrince
    Leven, J.Low Cycle Flex Fatigue of Ni-C-Cr-Mo Medical CablesPrince
    Link, C.Automation of a portable device battery life validation testLin
    Markarian, H.Climbing wheel chair, design and controlLin
    Mekhtarian, A.Multidirectional active wheel designLin
    Rodriguez, J.Fiber Optic Coupling and Sensing for Low Power Medical Device ApplicationsLin
    Straight, B.The Ergonomics of a Manually Propelled WheelchairLin
    Voorhees, G.Exploring lightweight structural options for high aspect ratio winged UAV flight for solar integrationFox


    Brinson, J.Ultra-Violet Radiation Effect on the Mechanical Properties of PolyureaYoussef
    Carrick, J.Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Ground Station Autonomous Tracking SystemFox
    Ghalami, M.Static Pitch Stability of Low Reynolds Number Canard Configured AircraftFox
    Munoz, A.Dynamics of droplets and slugs inside a simulated air supply channel of a PEM fuel cell under different conditions of flow, gravity and surface wettabilityMukherjee
    Nacpil, E. J.Causal Transfer Function Relating Leg Muscle Forces and GRFs During Human WalkingYoussef
    Verma, A.Experimentally determine the vent rate of a container of helium gas placed in a quiet air environment.Ho
    Win, N.Infrared (IR) Range Finder Sensors for Wheelchair Drop-off PreventionLin


    Bunting, J.Experimental Performance Of A Pressurized Vapor Delivery SystemRyan
    Cardona, A.Uav Gps Position ErrorFox
    Elgabaili, M.Hydrodynamic Mass Of Bluff Bodies With And Without CavityJohari
    Eslambolchi, A.Computation Of Flow Over A Full-Scale Ram-Air Parachute CanopyJohari
    Li, Z.Leak Detection By Multisensor Fusion MethodHo
    Mamidi, S. V. S.Manufacturing An Involute Spline Cutting Tool On Wire EDM Machine Using Solidworks And ESPRITPrince
    Mandizadeh, M.Experimental Study Of The Thermal Performance And Flow Characteristics Of Metal FoamSchwartz
    Orr, B.An Iterative Approach To Automating Design OptimizationPrince
    Over, J.Irradiance Modeling For Solar Powered AircraftFox
    Pekgulec, U.Comparison Of Aircraft- And System-Centric Strategies For Weather AvoidanceHo
    Reed, G.Emiim Wetting Properties & Their Effect On Electrospray Thruster DesignFox
    Schaafsma, R.Uav Imagining Position ErrorsFox
    Tsybulevsky, D.Evaluation Of Ground Effect On The Drag On An HPV Fairing Using CFDRyan
    Yadgar, S.Computational Simulation Of Thermal-Fluid Processes In A Barometric Mixing UnitJohari
    Zuttarelli, A.Impact Of Liquid Propellant Properties On Small Energy Conversion Device DimensionsFox


    M. A. MohammadiA CFD Study of Flow over a High Performance ParafoilJohari

    Available Thesis Projects

    Available Thesis Projects

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    ChairThesis Project Title
    Prof. Peter Bishay
    • Biomechanical modeling of bone tissue using micro-dilatation theory
    • Computational Grains with Large Deformation for Modeling Shape Memory Allow Phase Transitions
    • Modeling Switching Phenomena in Ferroelectric Cermaics using the MLPG Method
    • Neural Network Based Reliability Analysis of Smart Composite Plates
    Prof. Hamid Johari
    • Experimental and Numerical Study of the Flow Field of Low Renholds Number Airfolds
    • Simulation of Ram-Air Parachute Canopy under Maneuvering Conditions
    Prof. Shadi Mahjoob
    • Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Thermal Transport for Cooling of Electronic Devices
    • Bioheat Transfer Modeling and Investigation
    • Gas Turbine Cooling Techniques
    • Heat Pipes Fundamental Investigation and Modeling
    • Multi Phase Flow and Phase Change in Micro-Channels
    • Numerical and Analytical Investigation of Transport through Porous Media
    • Thermal Management and Cooling Techniques for High Performance Computing Systems


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    Research Opportunities

    Dr. Peter Bishay
    • Experimental and computational analysis and design of periodic fiber-reinforced laminated composite plates
    • Aeroelastic analysis of span-morphing wing design with stretchable skin
    • Computational grains with large deformation for modeling shape memory alloy phase transitions
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