Abdel Bayoumi, Chair of the Department
Abdel Bayoumi, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1982
Yuh Jin Chao, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1981
John Ducate Sr. Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Xiaomin Deng, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1990
Walter H. Peters III, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1978
William F. Ranson III, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1971
Curtis A. Rhodes, Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1963
Michael A. Sutton, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1981
Carolina Distinguished Professor
Sarah Collins Baxter, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1995
Victor Giurgiutiu, Ph.D., Imperial College for Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1977
Donald A. Keating, M.S., University of Dayton, 1967
Jamil A. Khan, Ph.D., Clemson University, 1988
Xiaodong Li, Ph.D., Harbin Institute of Technology, 1993
Jed S. Lyons, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990
Stephen McNeill, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1986
Jeffrey H. Morehouse, Ph.D., Auburn University, 1976
Anthony P. Reynolds, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1990
David N. Rocheleau, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1992
Jeff Darabi, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1999
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in both mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering.
Admission to the M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. programs is competitive. In addition to the general entry requirements of The Graduate School, prospective students must meet more stringent departmental requirements, as described below.
For mechanical engineering degrees, applicants should have a B.S. and a GPA of 3.00 or better from an ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program. Others, if admitted, may be required to take certain undergraduate courses. Applicants from non-accredtied or non-mechanical engineering programs must take the General Test of the GRE and receive a minimum score of 1650 (450 verbal, 700 quantitative, and 500 analytical).
For nuclear engineering degrees, applicants should have a B.S. and a GPA of 3.00 or better from any ABET-accredited engineering program. Applicants from non-accredited or non-engineering programs must take the General Test of the GRE and receive minimum scores of 450 verbal, 700 quantitative, and 3 analytical.
All applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and score at least 600 (250 computer-based test) or on the University of Cambridge's IELTS Academic Course Type 2 exam. The fall 2002 entering class had an average GRE score of 2114 (597 verbal, 780 quantitative, and 737 analytical) and an average TOEFL score of 607.
Fields of Specialization
Fields of specialization include mechanics and materials, thermal and fluid sciences, dynamics and controls, design and manufacturing, sustainable systems, and nuclear engineering. Current research areas include manufacturing (cutting, joining, simulation), fracture mechanics, experimental mechanics (computer vision methods, impact/fracture/creep testing), computational mechanics, MEMS, nanosystems, smart materials and active sensing, structural damage detection and health monitoring, mechatronics, combustion, solidification, bioreactors, and sustainable design.
The Graduate School has general requirements for M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. students that must be met by all degree candidates (including earning at least 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree for master's degrees and at least 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree for doctoral degrees). The Department of Mechanical Engineering has added requirements (some of which are described below) that must be met before students can complete their degrees. Consult the department for complete, current requirements.
For master's degrees in mechanical engineering: An M.S. student must take a minimum of 24 hours of graduate courses and 6 hours of thesis credits leading to a thesis. An M.E. student must take a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses. The student must select one course from math, one course from mechanical systems, one course from energy systems, and one course from mechanics and materials. In addition, the student must select a focus area and take at least three courses from that area (this may include one that satisfies the above). If an M.S. student's research area does not require depth in one of the traditional areas, the student, with approval from the advisor and the graduate director, may select three related courses that will constitute a focus area. Approval must be gained before any classes are completed in the focus area course work. The remaining courses are typically selected in a major area of interest within engineering and the basic sciences. These courses need not all have EMCH designations; however, students must have their selection of elective courses approved by their major advisor and the graduate director.
For master's degrees in nuclear engineering: An M.S. student must complete 25 hours of courses and 6 hours of thesis credit leading to a thesis. An M.E. student must complete 31 hours of courses. All students will have a common set of required courses and will choose the remaining courses from a given list.
For doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering: A student must take a minimum of 18 hours of graduate courses beyond the master's degree and 12 hours of dissertation credits leading to a dissertation.
Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Accelerated Program
The Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Accelerated Program in Mechanical Engineering allows undergraduate students to complete both the B.S. degree and M.E. or M.S. degree in as few as five years. The use of dual credit--courses that can be used toward both degrees--enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment of the student by one semester.
Mechanical engineering undergraduate students may apply for approval of an accelerated education plan in the semester in which they will complete 90 hours of undergraduate course work. In addition, students must have a sufficient foundation in mechanical engineering course work to enable them to take graduate-level courses. University and department regulations stipulate that applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.40, both overall and in mechanical engineering courses. Students in the accelerated program must maintain a GPA of 3.40 while pursuing the B.S. degree.
Students applying to this program must submit to The Graduate School a completed "Application for Admission to a Combined Bachelor's/Master's Education Plan" with endorsements of the undergraduate advisor, the department graduate director, and the department chair. The dean of The Graduate School has final authority for approving accelerated education plans. A "Senior Privilege Course Work Authorization" must be submitted for each semester in which one or more of these courses are taken.
Participation in the accelerated program does not require acceptance into The Graduate School. After completing the B.S. degree, students wishing to continue toward a master's degree in mechanical engineering at USC must apply formally to The Graduate School by submitting the appropriate form and required supporting documents. Students in the accelerated program will be eligible for graduate assistantships upon admission to The Graduate School.
Only graduate-level courses (numbered 500 and above, including up to three credit hours of project/research work leading to a master's thesis) satisfying both B.S. and master's degree requirements may be used for dual credit. No more than nine credit hours may be used as dual credit. The graduate courses used for dual credit must be taken during the student's final undergraduate year. No more than nine credit hours (including those obtained under senior privilege and the college's Plan "M" for undergraduate juniors and seniors) may be applied toward a master's degree.
Course Descriptions (EMCH)
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