Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs

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Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s nationally recognized graduate program in Mechanical Engineering (ME), is known for both the ingenuity of our researchers and the quality of our students. Mechanical Engineering is home to over 150 graduate students from more than 9 countries on 3 continents who pursue M.S., M. Eng., or Ph. D. degrees. Working professionals are welcomed, and many pursue M. Eng. degrees taught in a blended format between online and face-to-face instruction.

ME program’s PhD research focuses on fundamental and modern topics within four broad areas in  Mechanics and Materials, Thermal and Fluids Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, and Dynamics and Control, complemented by three cross-cutting research areas in Energy Science and Engineering, Materials, Materials Processing and Controls, and Human Health and Safety. Potential PhD applicants are encouraged to browse the faculty research lab websites for more information on specific research topics and faculty advisors

In addition to graduate coursework and research opportunities, graduate students at Rensselaer can participate in community outreach initiatives such as Engineers Without Borders, Formula SAE Racecar Club, or Habitat for Humanity, as well as student governance. Students are also encouraged to network with the engineering community through one of several professional societies with chapters on campus.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Bharat Bagepalli, Professor of Practice
Thierry Blanchet, Professor
Theo Borca-Tasciuc, Professor and Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs
Sarah Felix, Professor of Practice
Asish Ghosh, Professor of Practice
Fudong Han, Assistant Professor and Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair
Joshua Hurst, Sr. Lecturer
Michael Jensen, Professor Emeritus
Kartik Josyula, Lecturer
Antoinette Maniatty, Professor and Acting Department Head
Kristen Mills, Associate Professor
Sandipan Mishra, Professor
Shankar Narayan, Associate Professor
Catalin Picu, Professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies
Johnson Samuel, Associate Professor
Ali Shahsavari, Lecturer
Mark Shephard, Samuel A. Johnson '37 and Elizabeth C. Johnson Professor of Engineering and Director, Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC)
Richard Smith, Professor Emeritus
John Tichy, Professor
Daniel Walczyk, Professor and Director, Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)
Lucy Zhang, Professor