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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Binghamton, NY


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Graduate programs prepare future mechanical engineers for a variety of career paths

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science offers MS, MEng, and PhD degree programs in mechanical engineering ( The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program provides a balance of advanced theory and practical knowledge necessary for either practice within the profession or advancement to a doctoral degree program. The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree program prepares students for careers in professional practice through a flexible course selection. The PhD in Mechanical Engineering degree program prepares students for basic and applied research in mechanical engineering through multidisciplinary research areas reflective of the interests of department faculty members.

Mechanical engineering students may specialize in one of five departmental areas of concentration: 1) acoustics, with emphasis on the design and characterization of acoustic sensors and sound radiators; 2) dynamics and control, with emphasis on solid-body mechanics, vibration, control systems, and structural dynamics; 3) materials, with emphasis on nanotechnology, microstructure and property relationships, thin films, materials processing, and surface and interface analyses; 4) mechanics and design, with emphasis on nanomechanics and biomechanics, NEMS and MEMS, design optimization, mechanical systems design, CAE, and stress analysis; or 5) transport phenomena, with emphasis on microfluidics and nanofluidics, complex fluids, environmental and biological transport, and materials processing. In addition, electronics packaging is a research concentration in the mechanical engineering department; a three course sequence leads to a Certificate in Electronics Packaging.

The MS degree program at Binghamton focuses on both theoretical and practical knowledge, and culminates in a thesis or project. The specific course of study is individualized, but the areas of specialization are thermofluids, applied mechanics, or materials. Students choosing the thesis option must complete at least eight courses and six credits of thesis. Students who choose the project (non-thesis) option must complete at least 10 courses. This degree prepares students for various engineering careers or doctoral degree work in the field.

Binghamton's MEng degree program prepares students for professional work in their fields, and is meant for students planning to seek employment immediately following graduation. The program requires completion of at least 10 courses. Since it is usually completed in one year and does not require a thesis, it is a convenient option for part-time students.The university's PhD degree program lets students work closely with faculty members on multidisciplinary and cutting-edge research. The degree prepares students for higher-level careers in research and development. Teaching assistantships are available that provide funding, as well as experience for those wishing to pursue careers in academia.

Some students choose to pursue the materials science and engineering track within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working toward MS or PhD degrees in materials science and engineering ( This program trains students in materials science with a foundation in chemistry, geology, or physics, as well as an additional specialization. The MS degree program typically takes two years to complete, while the PhD degree program requires four years.With approximately 88 students and 23 faculty members, Binghamton's mechanical engineering students work closely with professors in the classroom, the lab, and the field.

Work with professors who are leaders in the field

Among the faculty members in Binghamton's mechanical engineering program are Ron Miles, Shahrzad Towfighian, Ryan Willing, and Frank Cardullo.Ron Miles is chair of Binghamton's Department of Mechanical Engineering, dean of research for the university's engineering school, and a distinguished professor. He teaches courses on vibrations, dynamics, and acoustics, and his research interests include the development of biologically inspired microacoustic sensors. In a project funded by the National Institutes of Health, he is developing directional microphones for hearing aids inspired by the ears of the Ormia ochracea fly.

Shahrzad Towfighian is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering whose research is focused on developing analytical models and experimental verifications of MEMS to investigate their linear and nonlinear dynamic responses. Her work is aimed at improving MEMS performance for applications in energy harvesting, endoscopes, and biosensors.

Ryan Willing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is working to improve the performance of upper-limb prostheses, particularly elbow devices. By combining cadaveric studies, mechanical experiments, and computer-modeling techniques, he simulates the conditions artificial joints operate in to predict when they will fracture or wear out, with a goal of optimizing their designs for greater performance.

Professor Frank Cardullo conducts research in man-machine systems, specifically mathematical modeling and analysis of the dynamics of both the human operator and the machine. He has applied this research to the perception and stimulation of visual and motion cues in flight simulators, mathematical modeling of vehicle dynamics for flight simulation, and computational methods for real time systems. Cardullo holds the patent for the "Advanced G-Seat," and has authored 19 technical papers and numerous reports on flight and ground vehicle simulation. He consults in this area for aerospace and US government agencies, and previously won the De Florez Award for Flight Simulation and Training.

Research and teaching facilities

Mechanical engineering students have access to numerous resources at Binghamton, including the Materials Testing Core, Acoustics Core, Micro/Nano Electromechanical Systems Labs, Transport Sciences Core and Vibration Core. In addition, there are dedicated spaces and equipment for studying thermal fluids, biofluidics, and optomechanics. In some instances, research is carried out in industrial laboratories.University centers and groups in which graduate students may conduct research include the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing, Center for Autonomous Solar Power, Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems, and the Institute for Materials Research.

Students find success following graduation

Graduates of Binghamton's mechanical engineering programs have gone on to work for numerous high-profile companies and agencies including Analog Devices, Inc.; Apple Inc.; BAE Systems; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Corning Incorporated; Credit Suisse Group; Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited; Ford Motor Company; General Electric; IBM Corporation; Intel; Lockheed Martin; Motorola, Inc.; Qualcomm Incorporated; Sanmina Corporation; US Department of Defense; US Army; and Welch Allyn, Inc.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Engineering (M Eng)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 29
Doctoral Degrees 5

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.21%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5.26%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.05%
Unknown 0%


Male (85%)
Female (14%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 20
Part-time - 0
Male (17)
Female (3)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Elizabeth Kucharek
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 607-777-3881

Binghamton University, State University of New York