Graduate Programs

For general inquiries about the graduate programs (MS and PhD) in mechanical engineering, contact MEE Graduate Coordinator, Prof. Zhihe Jin.

MS Program – Accelerated Track

Undergraduate engineering and engineering physics students can choose the accelerated pathway toward earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering starting in their senior year. Qualified students can complete up to three graduate-level courses (9 credits) that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

MS and PhD Degrees in Mechanical Engineering

Current areas of research include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Engineering and Biomimetics
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Design Optimization
  • Engineering Education
  • Floating Offshore Structures
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Nano and Smart Materials
  • Ocean and Marine Engineering
  • Radiative Heat Transfer
  • Reduced-Order Modeling
  • Robotics
  • Solid and Structural Mechanics
  • Solar Thermal Energy
  • Thermal Sciences and Engineering
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Admission is based on an appropriate bachelor’s degree and satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School at UMaine. Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in another science or engineering discipline may be admitted; however, some undergraduate courses may be required without graduate credit.

Each graduate student, in consultation with his or her graduate committee, prepares an individual program of study. The PhD degree program is more narrowly focused on a topic of interest to the student and the faculty advisor.

For students with a strong interest in other disciplines, excellent opportunities exist for an interdisciplinary program of study in which up to 40% of the MS degree credit is earned in another department in the university. 

Interdisciplinary PhD research can be performed in collaboration with faculty in other disciplines as a part of a coherent graduate degree program in Mechanical Engineering.

The MS degree with thesis requires a minimum of six credit hours of thesis research in addition to 24 credit hours of acceptable coursework. The non-thesis Master’s degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive examination. 

Application submission deadlines: 

  • July 31 for Spring semester 
  • January 31 for Fall semester  

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the mechanical engineering faculty to discuss their interest when submitting an application. 

Graduate Composites Certificate

The graduate Composite Materials and Structures Certificate program requires completion of 12 credits (4 courses) with a minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) at the graduate level as described in the program description. Apply here.

Funding Opportunities

The Department offers a limited number of teaching assistantship positions on a competitive basis. Research assistantships may be offered by the individual faculty. Other forms of support through external fellowships are possible and strongly encouraged. A typical graduate assistantship in mechanical engineering covers 100% tuition, up to 100% health insurance plus a monthly stipend, with amount depending on the source of funding. More information

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Graduate Faculty in Mechanical Engineering

Vincent Caccese, Ph.D. (Drexel University, 1985), Professor: Nonlinear finite element analysis, hybrid connections, seismic behavior and vibration analysis and design, fatigue analysis, impact resistant materials for personal protection. Caccese Profile

Sheila Edalatpour, Ph.D. (University of Utah, 2016), Assistant Professor: Near- and far-field radiative heat transfer, computational heat transfer, electromagnetic wave scattering, high-performance computing. Edalatpour Profile

Wilhelm Alexander Friess, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1997), Associate Professor:  Engineering education, energy efficiency in buildings, experimental fluid mechanics, sports engineering. Friess Profile

Andrew J. Goupee, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2010), Associate Professor:  Simulation and model testing of floating offshore structures, solid mechanics, structural optimization. Goupee Profile

Donald A. Grant, Ph.D. (University of Rhode Island, 1969), Professor Emeritus: Vibrations of discrete and continuous systems. Grant Profile

Babak Hejrati, Ph.D. (University of Utah, 2016), Assistant Professor: Robotics and robot-assisted gait rehabilitation, Controls and dynamics systems, Biomechanics and motion analysis, Haptics and virtual reality, mechanical design and manufacturing. Hejrati Profile

Zhihe Jin, Ph.D. (Tsinghua University, 1988), Professor and Graduate Coordinator: Fracture mechanics, thermal stresses and thermal shock behavior of advanced materials, energy efficiency of thermoelectric materials, mechanics problems in geophysics. Jin Profile

Bashir Khoda, Ph.D. (University at Buffalo, 2013), Assistant Professor: CAD/CAM/CAE, Additive manufacturing of bio-based materials and metals, Digital manufacturing. Khoda Profile

Richard Kimball, Ph.D. (MIT, 2001), Presidential Professor in Ocean Engineering and Energy: Offshore wind energy, floating systems development and testing, Marine diesel engine performance testing and emissions reduction research, Low emissions fuel development, computer design of propellers and turbines, tidal energy systems. Kimball Profile

Justin Lapp, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2013), Assistant Professor: Solar thermal energy and thermochemistry, numerical heat transfer modeling for high temperature systems, thermal radiation, material behavior under solar thermal cycling, thermal properties of materials. Lapp Profile

Sharmila Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 1989), Professor and Director of FIRST: Design, synthesis, characterization, and testing of multifunctional nanomaterials, compact lightweight components for energy, environment, and biomedical applications, surface and interface phenomena. Mukhopadhyay Profile

Masoud Rais-Rohani, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech, 1991), Richard C. Hill Professor & Department Chair: Structural and multidisciplinary design optimization, crashworthiness, lightweight and composite structures, structural reliability and uncertainty, reduced-order and surrogate modeling, additive manufacturing. Rais-Rohani Profile

Mohsen Shahinpoor, Ph.D. (University of Delaware, 1970), Professor: Smart/Intelligent materials, biomimetics and artificial muscles, mechatronics, electroactive polymers, advanced nanocomposites, biomedical engineering. Shahinpoor Profile

Richard Sayles, Ph.D. (Brown University, 1981), Associate Professor: Fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Sayles Profile

James Sucec, M.S. (University of Connecticut, 1963), Professor Emeritus: Transient forced convection heat transfer. Heat transfer across turbulent boundary layers. Sucec Profile

Senthil S. Vel, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech, 1998), Arthur O. Willey Professor: Solid mechanics, composite materials, finite element and meshless methods, simulation-based design of advanced material systems, smart structures, structural optimization. Vel Profile

Qian Xue, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University, 2012), Assistant Professor: Computational fluid dynamics, biofluids, microfluidics. Xue Profile

Yingchao Yang, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina, 2013), Assistant Professor: Structural and multifunctional nanocomposites, hierarchical structures, biomass for energy materials, mechanics of low-dimensional nanomaterials, design and fabrication of micro-/nano-devices. Yang Profile

Xudong Zheng, Ph.D. (George Washington University, 2009), Associate Professor:  Fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, flow structure interaction, biofluids. Zheng Profile