Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fenn Hall 232
William Atherton, Interim Chair
Hanz Richter, Graduate Program Director
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Major areas of specialization within the department are:
- Thermal-Fluid Mechanics and Energy Systems
- Mechanical Systems and Design
- Dynamics and Control
Courses are organized in the above four tracks, however students have the flexibility to choose their own courses according to their individual interests and career goals. Numerous and continuous opportunities exist for exposure to engineering problems and developments within the industrial/ research complex of Northeastern Ohio. In addition to substantial interdisciplinary research activities in the College of Engineering, faculty and students participate in research programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and industrial partners like Parker-Hannifin, General Electric and Philips Medical Systems, to name a few. The program is designed to stimulate creativity, to provide a deep understanding of the basic physical phenomena involved in mechanical systems, and to provide an ability to use modern techniques in the analysis, control, and design of mechanisms machines, mechatronic and robotic systems and fluid/thermal systems.
Students may enter the program immediately after receiving a bachelor’s degree or after a period of employment in industry. In either case, students may pursue their studies on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes also are available through distance-learning technology, including interactive, live video, and asynchronous Internet systems. The Department also offers a combined BSc/MSc degree program to be completed in 5 years.
The department maintains excellent instructional and research facilities, including one of the state’s largest anechoic chambers and the unique Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control. The department maintains state-of-the-art facilities in energy and power systems, control and mechatronics and machine design, including Stirling engines, a wind tunnel, the machine vision and system monitoring lab, the rapid prototyping lab, and the rotating machinery dynamics and control lab. The Fenn College of Engineering’s computer network, workstations, PC laboratory, and associated software such as Matlab, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks, are available for research and academic activity.
Faculty research areas Include
- Computer Modeling of Manufacturing Processes
- Analysis and Modeling of Gear Trains
- Turbomachinery Analysis, Design, and Optimization
- Rotor-Bearing Dynamics and Diagnostics
- Tribology and Control of Rotor-Bearing Systems
- Magnetic Bearings
- Prediction and Control of Vibrations in Machinery
- Intelligent System Monitoring
- Machine Vision and 3D Optical Measurements
- Gravitational Effects on Two-Phase Flow
- Spray Evaporative Cooling
- Enhanced Heat Transfer
- Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
- Computational Fluid Dynamics and HeatTransfer
- Bio-Based Electroactive Transducers
- Control Theory
- Control for Aerospace Propulsion
- Robust Nonlinear Control
- Modeling and Control of Mechatronic Systems
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The department offers a limited number of graduate research assistantships. Additional opportunities for assistantships exist through the Ohio Aerospace Institute. Information about assistantships is available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at (216) 687-2567.
Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will have a solid education based on the fundamentals of engineering science. Graduates are well prepared for practical applications of engineering design, analysis, and research, and for employment in industry and research laboratories.
Admission to the graduate program in mechanical engineering is open to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or other fields of engineering. A minimum baccalaureate grade-point average of 3.0 (or 2.75 for students from EAC/ABET accredited programs) normally is required. Students without a degree in mechanical engineering are required to take prescribed undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering to ensure adequate preparation for the graduate program. These courses are available both during the day and evening. Undergraduate courses taken to remediate deficiencies do not count toward graduate degree requirements.
The GRE General examination is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:
- The undergraduate degree was awarded by a college or university outside of the United States or Canada, or by a Canadian institution not accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
- An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
- The student’s undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75.
- The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, by the program, if the applicant’s undergraduate grade-point average is 3.0 or above.
Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions/apply.html
Accelerated 4 + 1 Program in Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers an Accelerated Program that would enable students to a earn a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 5 years. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the time of application. Honors students are strongly encouraged to participate. Students who are interested in this program may submit applications upon completing their first semester of the junior year. Applications must be submitted by the end of the junior year. This application policy also applies to transfer students who have equivalent junior status. Students in this program must take 500-level courses in year 4, and 500-level or 600-level courses in year 5, as indicated in the BME/MSME Dual-Program Sheet. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA.
Minimum number of credits required to earn both degrees: 155 (thesis option) and 158 (project option).
For more details, please refer to the department webpage http://www.csuohio.edu/mce/