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IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The graduate program leading to the M.S.M.E. degree is organized into four areas of study. 1) The solid mechanics track is for students interested in the study of solids, stress analysis, kinetics, vibration, and structural mechanics. 2) The thermal sciences track is for students interested in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and computational fluid dynamics. 3) The biomedical engineering track is for students interested in broad areas of biomechanics, such as musculoskeletal systems, joint mechanics, dental mechanics, and medical instrumentation. 4) The mechatronics and controls track is for students interested in the study of mechanical systems, electro-mechanical systems, control theory, micro-controllers, sensors, and actuators. 

For all tracks, the thesis option requires 30 credit hours of course work: a maximum of 9 credit hours of thesis, 9 credit hours of primary-area courses, 6 credit hours of related-area courses, and 6 credit hours of mathematics. The non-thesis option also requires 30 credit hours of course work: 12 credit hours of primary-area courses, 12 credit hours of related-area courses, and 6 credit hours of mathematics. 

Below are the available courses for each of these areas. More information on the admission and graduation requirements of this degree is available in the ME Master's Degree Handbook.

Primary-area courses for the solid mechanics track are as follows: 
ME 546 CAD/CAM -- Theory and Applications (3 cr.) 
ME 550 Advanced Stress Analysis (3 cr.) 
ME 551 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr.) 
ME 558 Composite Materials (3 cr.) 
ME 560 Kinematics (3 cr.) 
ME 562 Advanced Dynamics (3 cr.) 
ME 563 Mechanical Vibrations (3 cr.) 
ME 569 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 cr.) 
ME 575 Theory and Design of Control Systems (3 cr.) 
ME 581 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 cr.) 
ME 582 Thermal Stress Analysis (3 cr.) 
CE 577 Analysis of Plates and Shells (3 cr.) 

Primary-area courses for the thermal sciences track are as follows: 
ME 500 Thermodynamics (3 cr.) 
ME 505 Heat and Mass Transfer (3 cr.) 
ME 509 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 cr.) 
ME 510 Gas Dynamics (3 cr.) 
ME 525 Combustion (3 cr.) 
ME 551 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr.) 
ME 581 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 cr.) 
ME 582 Thermal Stress Analysis (3 cr.) 
ME 614 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 cr.) 

Primary-area courses for the biomedical engineering track are a combination of the courses in solid mechanics and thermal sciences, as well as graduate biomedical engineering-related courses offered at IUPUI, IU, and Purdue. 

Primary area courses for the Mechatronics and controls track are as follows: 
ME 504 Automotive Control (3 cr.) 
ME 546 CAD/CAM Theory and Applications (3 cr.) 
ME 551 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr.) 
ME 563 Mechanical Vibrations (3 cr.) 
ME 565 Vehicle Dynamics (3 cr.) 
ME 575 Theory and Design of Control Systems (3 cr.) 
ME 578 Digital Control (3 cr.) 
ME 581 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 cr.) 
ME 586 Microprocesssors in Electromechanical Systems (3 cr.) 
ME 597 Analysis and Design of Robotic Manipulators (3 cr.) 
ME 597 Electromechanical Systems and Applied Mechatronics (3 cr.) 
ECE 538 Digital Signal Processing I (3 cr.) 
ECE 554 Electronic Instrumentation and Control Circuits (3 cr.) 
ECE 602 Lumped System Theory (3 cr.) 
ECE 629 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 cr.) 
ECE 680 Modern Automatic Control (3 cr.) 
ECE 685 Introduction to Robust Control (3 cr.) 
CSCI 549 Intelligent Systems (3 cr.) 
CSCI 556 Fault-Tolerant Computing (3 cr.) 

Related-area courses for all tracks include the following:

  1. Engineering courses: a minimum of two courses from the following for both thesis and non-thesis options. 
    Any mechanical engineering course at or above the 500 level. 
    Any two closely related electrical engineering courses at or above the 500 level. 
  2. Other related-area electives for the non-thesis option only, chosen from the following (maximum of two): 
    CSCI 520 Computational Methods in Analysis (3 cr.) 
    CSCI 614 Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr.) 
    CSCI 615 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 520 Mathematical Physics (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 545 Solid-State Physics (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 550 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 556 Introductory Nuclear Physics (3 cr.) 
  3. Prefered mathematics courses for all tracks are: 
    MATH 537 Applied Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I (3 cr.) 
    MATH 528 Advanced Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers II (3 cr.) 
  4. Other math courses are: 
    MATH 510 Vector Calculus (3 cr.) 
    MATH 511 Linear Algebra with Applications (3 cr.) 
    MATH 523 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.) 
    MATH 578 Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems (3 cr.) 
  5. ME courses with strong math content are: 
    ME 551 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr.) 
    ME 552 Advanced Applciations of Finite Element Methods (3 cr.) 
    ME 581 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 cr.) 
    ME 614 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 cr.) 
    EE 580 Optimization Methods for Systems and Control (3 cr.) 
    EE 600 Random Variables (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 550 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3 cr.) 
    PHYS 600 Mathematical Methods in Physics (3 cr.) 
  6. Graduate Seminar -- all students with research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or fellowship awards must, in each semester of appointment, enroll for: 
    ME 597 Topics: ME Graduate Seminar (0 cr.) 
For questions contact the Graduate Office at (317) 278-4960 or send e-mail to gradengr@iupui.edu.