Mechanical Engineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University

Mechanical Engineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University


Northeastern University Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Since it opened in 1909, Northeastern University's College of Engineering has been an academic model for the university and beyond. It was the first school at Northeastern to integrate classroom instruction with professional experience opportunities, and today operates state-of-the-art research facilities with more than $30 million in annual federal funding.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) is one of 4 departments in the College of Engineering. It serves to provide students with an education that provides both professional and technical excellence. The department uses service activities to advance educational development, ethical behavior, and professional responsibility. Alumni from the department have taken professional positions close to home and around the globe.

Research Facilities Supported by MIE and the Graduate School of Engineering

The MIE department supports 10 research centers, including 2 that are also directly supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Research opportunities available through these centers cover a wide range of interests related to mechanical and industrial engineering, from robotics and mechatronics to equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Each of these centers also offers state-of-the-art facilities for research use in the center's area of specialty. For instance, the NSF Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control houses a 6 wafer fabrication facility, with bulk and metal surface micromachining, and capabilities for E-beam lithography.

Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering has developed the Centers of Excellence, 8 research programs in engineering that support graduate student work. Lead by the College of Engineering, the centers promote interdisciplinary collaborations with industries and other universities, in order to make discoveries and develop solutions in conjunction with like-minded organizations and institutions.

Doctoral Degrees in Mechanical Engineering

The MIE department offers a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME PhD). The rigorous program provides doctoral candidates with the opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge and groundbreaking research within their chosen fields of specialization. PhD graduates are proficient in the analysis, design, and modeling of thermal and mechanical systems and can effectively use management skills to be successful in real world applications of their instruction.

Doctoral students typically complete at least 48 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, or 24 hours beyond the master's degree. This course load also includes 8 credit hours outside the student's concentration in order to complete a minor field of study.

Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME). Master's students are presented with the skills and knowledge necessary to respond both professionally and intellectually to societal changes related to the areas of mechanical engineering. Through innovative student research, engaging service activities, and solid ethical standards, the department prepares graduates for excellence in careers within their chosen fields.

MSME students may pursue their degrees on either a full-time or part-time basis. Many students may elect to complete an 8-hour thesis credit as part of the 32-credit hour program, or complete a coursework-only program. Examples of courses in the program include Robot Mechanics and Control, Financial Management for Engineers, and Deterministic Operations Research.

Supported by an Award-Winning Faculty

Faculty members from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering have been involved in many innovative research programs and are widely recognized for their achievements in education and research. Professor Jacqueline Isaacs leads a research team at the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), a collaborative center among 4 universities and the Boston Museum of Science. Professor Sagar V. Kamarthi is the recipient of several awards, including the Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Professor Jeff Ruberti is the director of the Extracellular Matrix Engineering Research Laboratory (EMERL), which develops engineering methods related to the kinetics of collagen.

Faculty research interests cover a wide range of topics related to mechanical and industrial engineering. Some topics of interest include equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, advanced materials processing, and fuel cell modeling.

Financial Aid Opportunities

The financial aid office at Northeastern University is committed to helping students find the funds needed to complete their educations, including helping Boston residents find more than $10.5 million in financial assistance each year. In addition to federal loans and grants, Northeastern offers graduate students a number of departmental research and teaching assistantships.

Additional graduate student resources include the Double Husky Scholarship for students with a bachelor's from Northeastern; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for African-American students with solid academics and financial need; and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship for students in the top third of their incoming class.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Northeastern University -- An Experiential Research University

Northeastern University was founded in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, and today stands as one of the nation's premier experiential research universities. Students at Northeastern are given an education that goes beyond traditional instruction to integrate professional, real-world experiences into a comprehensive education. The largest topics covered by the university's rapidly growing research enterprises include health, security, and sustainability.

Northeastern is itself a model for sustainable practice, and has been recognized as one of the most climate conscious universities in the nation for its efforts. The university is a founding member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at higher education institutions. Northeastern has also been awarded the highest score among Boston-based universities on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

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