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University of Hawai`i at Manoa
2540 Dole St. - Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-2370
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G r a d u a t e.-S t u d i e s
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to MS and PhD degrees
in Mechanical Engineering with areas of concentration in Thermal and Fluid Sciences
(heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, biotechnology, alternative energy conversions,
sustainability, boiling and two-phase flow, combustion, multidisciplinary design and analysis
optimization, and high-performance computing); Mechanics, Systems, and Controls (robotics,
mechanical design, mechatronics, control systems, dynamical systems, space and ocean science
& exploration, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation engineering, and renewable energy systems);
and Materials and Manufacturing (nanotechnology, composite and smart structures, electrochemistry
and corrosion, precision machining, and joining of dissimilar materials). For qualified graduate
students, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarships are available.
Student Learning Outcomes
In general, a student who has successfully completed the graduate degree requirements should be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the methodology and techniques specific to the field of study.
- Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency in the field of study.
- Conduct research or produce some other form of creative work.
- Perform in their field of study at a professional level.
Applicants for admission to the MS program must have completed
a BS degree in engineering or its equivalent from a reputable
Students are required to follow the Plan A (thesis) program.
However, under special circumstances, a petition to follow Plan
B (non-thesis) may be granted by the graduate faculty. A minimum
of 30 credit hours is required for graduation, including 1 credit
hour for seminar. Plan A students must take 8 credit hours for
thesis, 12 credit hours in the ME 600 course series, and 9 credit
hours in technical electives. Technical elective courses must
be at the 400 level or above, selected from engineering, mathematics,
or physical sciences approved by the student’s thesis committee.
For graduation, each candidate must present an acceptable thesis
(research report for Plan B) and must pass a final oral examination
based on the thesis for Plan A or on the course work and the research
report for Plan B.
Applicants for admission to the PhD program must have completed
the requirements for the MS in mechanical engineering at UHM or
an equivalent degree from a reputable institution.
Intended candidates for the PhD are required to pass an oral
qualifying examination within the prescribed period of time. The
purpose of the qualifying examination is to judge students’ ability
to pursue research. After passing the qualifying examination,
the student will be admitted to the status of “candidate” in the
PhD program. At the discretion of the qualifying examination committee,
students who fail the qualifying examination will be dropped from
Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 50 credit
hours in course work beyond the BS level. They are required to
select one major and one minor field of study within the following
three areas of concentration: materials/manufacturing, mechanics/systems/controls,
or thermal/fluid sciences.
Students who enter the program may, with the approval of the
graduate chair, be credited with up to 30 credits for equivalent
work to be counted toward their PhD-credit-hour requirement. Up
to 8 of these 30 credit hours may be assigned for prior MS thesis
work. Students who possess a second MS degree may be credited
with up to 9 additional credit hours for equivalent work. Up to
6 credit hours may be assigned for course work taken as an unclassified
graduate student. All courses shall be selected by students but
must be approved in writing by their committees. These courses
must form an integrated education plan. A minimum of 2 credit
hours in ME 691 or its equivalent must be included in every PhD
Students who desire teaching experience may, with the approval
of the PhD committee chair, request that the department chair
assign them teaching responsibility for a particular undergraduate
course. The department chair will determine whether students are
qualified to teach the course in question, and, if they are deemed
qualified, they may be given the teaching assignment.
Students who teach a course or courses will be assigned a maximum
of 3credit hours toward their PhD course work requirements.
PhD candidates must pass an oral comprehensive examination to
demonstrate their comprehension of the chosen areas of study relevant
to their dissertation proposals and basic knowledge of courses
taken in their major and minor fields. Students who fail the comprehensive
examination may, at the discretion of the graduate faculty concerned,
repeat it once after at least six months. Students who fail the
examination a second time will be dropped from the program.
Students are required to complete a satisfactory doctoral dissertation
and to pass an oral final examination based primarily upon the
dissertation. The final examination will be administered by the
respective PhD committee. A student passes the final examination
upon the favorable recommendation of a majority of the PhD committee.
The ME Department has instituted a Direct PhD Program that accepts
students with BS Degree to directly pursue a PhD Degree in ME.
Please see the ME Department Graduate Program Handbook in the
For more information, please refer to
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Handbook."
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa (UHM) offers graduate programs leading to the MS and the PhD.
The following areas of concentration are available:
thermal and fluid sciences
— heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, biotechnology,
alternative energy conversions, sustainability, boiling and
two-phase flow, combustion, multidisciplinary design and analysis
optimization, and high-performance computing;
— nanotechnology, composite and smart structures,
electrochemistry and corrosion, precision machining,
and joining of dissimilar materials;
mechanics, systems, and controls
— robotics, mechanical design, mechatronics, control systems,
dynamical systems, space and ocean science & exploration, biomedical
engineering, rehabilitation engineering, and renewable energy systems.
A number of teaching assistantships, research assistantships,
and scholarships are available for qualified students.
or download application materials. Applicants need to meet:
1) Graduate Division admissions criteria
and documentation requirements,
2) common graduate program documentation requirements, and
3) program specific admissions criteria and documentation requirements
MS, PhD Programs
BS in engineering or equivalent (for
completion of the MS requirements in mechanical engineering
at UHM or equivalent (for PhD applicants)
three letters of recommendation
GRE General Test scores
TOEFL scores — 550/213 minimum (Required for most non-native
speakers of English. Click here for information on exemptions.)
Submission of Program Specific Documentation
Official TOEFL and GRE scores, if required (see above), should be
sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
All other program specific documentation
requirements should be sent directly to the graduate program.
|I — January 15
D — March 1
|I — August 1
D — September 1
= international applicants
D = U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents
All graduate students at UHM need to meet degree requirements set
by the Graduate Division and their graduate programs. For general
Graduate Division requirements, see Degree Requirements. Below is
an overview of the degree requirements for this graduate program.
MS Degree Requirements
In general, students are required to follow Plan A (thesis).
Under special circumstances, however, students may select Plan B
(non-thesis) by petitioning the graduate faculty.
Plan A requires 22 credits
of course work, eight credits of thesis research, a written
thesis and defense of the thesis.
Plan B requires 30 credits
of course work. Also required is a final research report and
a final oral exam based on the report and course work.
PhD Degree Requirements
The PhD program requires
Students are required to select
one major and one minor graduate program within the following three
areas of concentration: 1) materials/manufacturing, 2) mechanics/systems/controls,
or 3) thermal/fluid sciences. All courses shall be selected by students
and must be approved in writing by their doctoral committees. A
minimum of two credits in ME 691 or its equivalent must be included
in every PhD program.
The department has facilities
for course instruction and research in the following areas:
- adaptive structures and devices
- alternative energy conversions
- autonomous systems
- biomedical engineering
- boiling and two-phase flow
- composites manufacturing
- computational fluid dynamics
- control systems
- corrosion and electrochemistry
- mechanical design
- dynamical systems
- heat and mass transfer
- high-performance computing
- materials joining & manufacturing
- multidisciplinary design and analysis optimization
- precision machining
- rehabilitation engineering
- renewable energy systems
- robotics & surgical robots
- smart materials and intelligent structures
- space and ocean science & exploration (UAV, UAS, AUV, etc.)
- surface phenomena
The mechanical engineering faculty conduct research in the following
- thermoscience — energy conversion, alternate
energy, heat and mass transfer, solidification, thermodynamics,
combustion, fluid dynamics, and thermal environmental engineering.
- mechanics/design — robotics, mechatronics,
acoustics, dynamics, control, machine vision, microelectromechanical
systems, rehabilitation engineering, and mechanical design.
- materials/manufacturing — mechanical
behavior, manufacturing, and processing of advanced materials;
composite, marine, intelligent, and superconducting materials;
solid-state ionics, electrochemistry, and corrosion.
|Engineering has been a major program of study
at the University of Hawaii since its founding in 1907. The
university has granted more than 6,500 engineering degrees.
Many professional engineers practicing in industries, consulting
firms, and governmental agencies throughout the state are UHM