Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral study within the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Earn your Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a fast growing college on the rise. The department’s research facilities include a composites laboratory equipped with scanning electron microscope (SEM) coupled with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy system, Flow Visualization Laboratory equipped with a subsonic wind tunnel, Nanotechnology Laboratory, Data Acquisition Laboratory and Controls Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory. Research support is provided through grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Defence, Naval Air Systems Command, Department of Environmental Protection, the Ben Franklin Institute and the Nanotechnology Institute. Complete your Ph.D. with emphases in one of the following areas of research:

  • Acoustic metamaterials and sensors
  • Advanced materials for energy applications
  • Biofluidics
  • Biomechanics
  • Design and mechanics of soft materials
  • Nano synthesis and manufacturing
  • Dynamics robotics and controls
  • Smart materials and composites
  • Thermal and fluid science

Curriculum Requirements

The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 semester hours of Ph.D. level didactic coursework and 15 semester hours associated with Ph.D. examinations and dissertation research. 

Because the Ph.D. in an individual program you will meet with the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator in the first semester to discuss your plan of study, outlining all required courses and the program requirement sequence. 

  • Preliminary Exam: If you matriculate into the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering you are required to take the preliminary exam before the end of their third semester. This exam evaluates the breadth of knowledge through an oral exam with a supporting written document.
  • Dissertation Proposal: Within one year of passing the preliminary exam, you must develop a written research proposal and present it at an open college seminar and are are considered doctoral candidates after the dissertation proposal has been approved.
  • Dissertation:The Ph.D. program culminates with the dissertation and dissertation defense. The defense is an open university seminar where you will present the concept and results of their research, followed by examination from the Dissertation Committee.

If your interests span across more than one engineering area, then the Ph.D. in Engineering may be appropriate for you. While the program is completed within a specific department, it offers more interdisciplinary study. 

For more information about curriculum and course requirements review the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Bulletin

Learn more about the Temple Mechanical Engineering Department