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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering offers four graduate degrees as follows:

  1. Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering – CIP Code 14.0201
  2. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – CIP Code 14.1901
  3. Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering – CIP Code 14.0201
  4. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering – CIP Code 14.1901

The Department also offers courses toward the Master of Engineering degree (CIP Code 14.0101), in partnership with NAU and ASU, as well as a dual Master of Engineering and MBA Degree (CIP Code 52.0201) with the Eller College of Management.

MASTER’S PROGRAMS OPTIONS:  Both the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering programs are offered with an MS Thesis Option, Master’s Report Option and Non‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM TRACKS:  Both the Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering are offered with a Direct B.S. to PhD track and an M.S. to PhD track. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

MS in Aerospace Engineering

Upon completion of the MS program in Aerospace Engineering:

Outcome 1.  Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of Engineering Mathematics, as well as one of four fundamental core areas (fluid mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, solid mechanics, or thermal sciences).

Outcome 2.  Students will learn about current research topics through weekly departmental seminars.

Outcome 3.  Students will be able to correctly apply the advanced mathematical concepts, knowledge of their core area and relevant computational methods toward independent research (experimental, numerical and/or theoretical) as relevant to aerospace engineering.

Outcome 4.  Students will be able to effectively communicate ideas through written and verbal methods.

PhD in Aerospace Engineering

Upon completion of the PhD program in Aerospace Engineering:

Outcome 1.  Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of Engineering Mathematics, as well as one of four fundamental core areas (fluid mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, solid mechanics, or thermal sciences).

Outcome 2.  Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a wider range of aerospace engineering related topics, including knowledge of a minor area in a complementary and related technical field.

Outcome 3.  Students will learn about current research topics through weekly departmental seminars.

Outcome 4.  Students will be able to correctly apply the advanced mathematical concepts, knowledge of their core area and relevant computational methods toward independent research (experimental, numerical and/or theoretical) as relevant to aerospace engineering.

Outcome 5.  Students will be able to effectively communicate ideas through written and verbal methods.

MS in Mechanical Engineering

Upon completion of the MS program in Mechanical Engineering:

Outcome 1.  Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of Engineering Mathematics, as well as one of four fundamental core areas (fluid mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, solid mechanics, or thermal sciences).

Outcome 2.  Students will learn about current research topics through weekly departmental seminars.

Outcome 3.  Students will be able to correctly apply the advanced mathematical concepts, knowledge of their core area and relevant computational methods toward independent research (experimental, numerical and/or theoretical) as relevant to mechanical engineering.

Outcome 4.  Students will be able to effectively communicate ideas through written and verbal methods.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Upon completion of the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering:

Outcome 1.  Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of Engineering Mathematics, as well as one of four fundamental core areas (fluid mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, solid mechanics, or thermal sciences).

Outcome 2.  Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a wider range of mechanical engineering related topics, including knowledge of a minor area in a complementary and related technical field.

Outcome 3.  Students will learn about current research topics through weekly departmental seminars. 

Outcome 4.  Students will be able to correctly apply the advanced mathematical concepts, knowledge of their core area and relevant computational methods toward independent research (experimental, numerical and/or theoretical) as relevant to mechanical engineering.

Outcome 5.  Students will be able to effectively communicate ideas through written and verbal methods.

Assessment Activities: 

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has developed specific assessment activities that provide direct measures of the expected learning outcomes for the MS and PhD programs offered by the Department, as outlined below.  The Department is currently fine-tuning these assessment activities to better measure student and program success.  These assessment activities will be used to obtain learning assessment data as shown in Tables 1 to 4.

In addition, the graduate program of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering collects job placement data from graduates to assess student success.  As pointed out earlier, success in obtaining employment upon graduation is a measure of the success of the program. However, caution must be exercised to interpret the results as the economic situation is an important factor not within our control. Most of our graduating students are successful in finding employment, as many large companies have continued to recruit and hire our students.

MS in Aerospace Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, depending on MS option, students must demonstrate:

i)        Thesis/Report MS:

1.         Satisfactory grades on assignments and exams;

2.         An approved Plan of Study;

3.         Active participation in AME 696G Seminar;

4.         An approved written research thesis/report;

5.         Successful oral defense of their thesis/report.

ii)      Coursework Only MS:

1.         Satisfactory grades on assignments and exams;

2.         An approved Plan of Study;

3.         Active participation in AME 696G Seminar.

In addition, the Department has begun implementing a Graduate Student Exit Survey to distribute to students at graduation to determine satisfaction with their experience in our graduate program and employment.

6.         Graduate Student Exit Survey.

PhD in Aerospace Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, the students must:

1.         Attain satisfactory grades on assignments and exams in all graded courses;

2.         Obtain approval of their Plan of Study;

3.         Actively participate in AME 696G Seminar;

4.         Pass the Qualifying Exam evaluating the student's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. research                   program;

5.         Submit a written dissertation proposal for approval by committee (Written Comprehensive Exam);

6.         Pass the Oral Comprehensive Exam, including oral presentation and approval of the research proposal;

7.         Present a seminar in AME 696G;

8.         Submit a written Dissertation that is approved by their Dissertation Committee;

9.         Complete an Oral defense of their Dissertation;

10.     Complete the Graduate Student Exit Survey.

MS in Mechanical Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, depending on MS option, students must demonstrate:

i)        Thesis/Report MS:

1.         Satisfactory grades on assignments and exams;

2.         An approved Plan of Study;

3.         Active participation in AME 696G Seminar;

4.         An approved written research thesis/report;

5.         Successful oral defense of their thesis/report.

ii)      Coursework Only MS:

1.         Satisfactory grades on assignments and exams;

2.         An approved Plan of Study;

3.         Active participation in AME 696G Seminar.

In addition, the Department has begun implementing a Graduate Student Exit Survey to distribute to students at graduation to determine satisfaction with their experience in our graduate program and employment.

6.         Graduate Student Exit Survey.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, the students must:

1.         Attain satisfactory grades on assignments and exams in all graded courses;

2.         Obtain approval of their Plan of Study;

3.         Actively participate in AME 696G Seminar;

4.         Pass the Qualifying Exam evaluating the student's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. research                   program;

5.         Submit a written dissertation proposal for approval by committee (Written Comprehensive Exam);

6.         Pass the Oral Comprehensive Exam, including oral presentation and approval of the research proposal;

7.         Present a seminar in AME 696G;

8.         Submit a written Dissertation that is approved by their Dissertation Committee;

9.         Complete an Oral defense of their Dissertation;

10.     Complete the Graduate Student Exit Survey.

Assessment Findings: 

The results of the assessment will be utilized to generate average scores to measure learning outcomes as shown in Tables 5 to 6.

Updated date: Tue, 09/06/2016 - 14:22