Program in Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Program in Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
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Florida Institute of Technology -- A Top Engineering School

Founded as Brevard College of Engineering in 1958, Florida Tech originally existed to provide training and resources for engineers working at nearby NASA. Today, that tradition still lives on in the College of Engineering, which offers over 45 engineering degree programs.

"U.S. News and World Report" lists Florida Tech as a Tier 1 Best National University. Florida Tech is one of just 9 public and private schools in Florida chosen by the 2014 "Fiske Guide to Colleges" featured under its list of Top Technical/Engineering Institutes. In addition, the 2011-2012 College Salary Report, published by, ranks Florida Institute of Technology graduates' mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida's universities.

The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Degree Program at Florida Tech

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering degree program. In addition to a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary coursework, mechanical engineering students have the unique opportunity of earning their graduate degrees in 1 of 5 specializations. By choosing a specialization, students enter into curricula targeted to their areas of interest, which offers students deep understanding of the theories and applications related to their interests and career goals. Areas of specialization include: automotive engineering; dynamic systems; robotics and controls; hydrogen and fuel cell technology, structures, solid mechanics, and materials; and thermal-fluid science.

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is offered with both thesis and non-thesis options. Each option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study. Prior to completing 9 credit hours, each student must submit his or her master's degree program plan, which includes his or her chosen area of specialization and the specific courses he or she will take. While the program requirements vary depending on the specialization the student chooses, the requirements generally consist of a minimum of 9 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of mathematics and 15 credit hours of electives (which may include 6 credit hours of thesis). Six of each student's 15 elective credit hours will be restricted. The department maintains a list of restricted electives for each specialization.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Florida Tech's College of Engineering also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering degree program. The degree is conferred primarily in recognition of a student's ability to investigate scientific or engineering problems independently, rather than for completion of a definite course of study. Each Ph.D. plan of study at Florida Tech is individually tailored to the candidate. Students each complete at least 42 hours of study beyond the M.S. level, of which at least 18 hours are coursework and a further 18 hours are dissertation research and presentation.

World Class Facilities in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology has an array of laboratories and centers for advanced study in mechanical engineering. Among the facilities is the Institute for Energy Systems (IES). This center fosters the development of renewable and alternative energy supplies, increased conservation and the creation of new energy delivery systems.

The Center for Space Commercialization promotes and identifies methods to profitably commercialize space and space research. The Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation is a partnership of academia with government and private enterprise to address future challenges in the use of space technology.

The Florida Center for Automotive Research (FCAR) is dedicated to creating the technology needed to power the next generation of hybrid and high-efficiency conventional vehicles. The Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL) develops design methodologies for robotic mechanical systems for industrial and consumer applications. The Wireless Center of Excellence (WICE) investigates areas such as propagation modeling, wireless systems engineering, personal communications systems, wireless sensors, and multimedia communications.

Illustrious Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Tech

Among the noted faculty members at the Florida Institute of Technology is Professor Pei-feng Hsu, an ASME Fellow. Professor Hsu analyzes time-dependent radiative transfer in systems where photon time-of-flight affects the phenomena studied. His other research interests include the effect of surface roughness on radiative transfer at micro and nanoscales and radiative transfer in highly porous ceramic matrices.

Professor Yahya I. Sharaf-Eldeen is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the International Association of Science and Technology for Development. Dr. Sharaf-Eldeen investigates the response of occupants in automobile collisions, condition monitoring and fault diagnostics of rotating machinery, the impacts of wind and solar-PV energy systems in residential and utility applications, the thermal analysis of air-cooled electronic equipment, and the dynamics and control of robot manipulators.

Professor Ke-gang Wang is an expert in materials science, nano-materials, and colloid and polymer composites. Professor Wang manages several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Florida Tech. His current research interests include condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, nanotechnology, and the nucleation, growth mechanisms, and evolution of microstructures and nanostructures in materials.

Location & Contact

Program in Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

Degrees & Award

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    • Mechanical Engineering Master's
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