MEng in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Overview

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is a 30 credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental Core Requirements (15 credits)
  • Specialization Requirements (9 credits)
  • Internship, Applied Research Experience or Project (0 credits)

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ME Curriculum Notes

  1. Recommended courses are in italics.
  2. Courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DMS (Director of Masters Studies).
  3. Students matriculating in Fall 2013 or after are required to take 1 semester of the EGRMGMT 501 Engineering Management Seminar (Fall Only):

    Weekly Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business managers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, the series also includes information on career opportunity and development. A weekly post-seminar reception allows students to talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers

Overview

Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries (3 cr)
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers (3 cr)

Departmental Core Requirements (15 credits)

Mathematics (1 Course required) (3 cr)

All students are required to take ONE course from either of the following two areas:

Recommended mathematics courses
  • MATH 551 Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables (Fall)
  • MATH 577 Mathematical Modeling (Spring)
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DMS and instructor

Recommended computational courses
  • ME 672 Unsteady Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 524/CE 530 Finite Element Method (Fall)
  • MATH 561 Scientific Computing
  • COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DMS and instructor

MEMS Core Curriculum, Mechanical Engineering Concentration (12 cr)

All students must take a total of FOUR courses from the five MEMS (Mech. Eng.) core concentrations, doubling up in one core and taking one course from two other core areas.

Core 1: Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls
Solid Mechanics
  • CE 520: Continuum Mechanics (Fall)
  • CE 521: Theory of Elasticity (Spring)
  • CE 621: Plasticity
  • BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
  • ME 525/CE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 527/CEE 647: Buckling of Engineering Structures
  • CE 645: Experimental Systems
Dynamics
  • ME 541/CE 625: Intermediate Dynamics (Fall)
  • ME 543: Energy and Wave Propagation in Solids
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics
  • CE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • ME 742: Non-Linear Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Advanced Acoustics
  • ME 555: Acoustic Cavitation
  • ME 555: Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • ME 555: Energy Harvesting from Vibration
Controls
  • ME 545: Robot Control and Automation (Fall)
  • ME 546: Intelligent Systems (Spring)
  • ECE 555: Methods for Systems Analysis
Aerodynamics
  • ME 571: Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 544: Aeroelasticity
  • ME 671: Advanced Aerodynamics
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 555: Rockets and Gas Turbines
Core 2: Thermal Fluids
Thermodynamics
  • ME 531: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 532: Convective Heat Transfer (Fall)
Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena
  • ME 631: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (Fall)
  • ME 536: Compressible Fluid Flow (Fall)
  • ME 632: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 759: Hydrodynamic Stability
  • ME 307/BME 308: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • ME 555: Microscale Physicochemical Hydrodynamics
Core 3: Materials Science
  • ME 555: Intermediate Materials Science (Fall)
  • ME 512: Thermodynamics of Materials (Spring)
  • PHYS 563: Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • ME 711: Advanced Materials Laboratory
Core 4: Robotics
  • ME 627: Linear Systems Theory
  • ME 546: Intelligent Systems Theory
  • ME 555: Intelligent Sensors
  • ME 555: Autonomous Systems Engineering
  • CS 527: Machine Learning
  • CS 571: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 590: Advanced Materials Laboratory
  • STA 621: Hierarchical Robot Learning
  • STA 611: Intro to Mathematical Statistics
  • STA 561: Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • STA 790: Statistical Design Theory
  • STA 643: Modern Design of Experiments
  • CEE 690: System Identification
  • CEE/EE/ME 648: Multivariable Control
  • TBD: Human-Robot Interaction
  • TBD: Distributed Control and Optimization
  • TBD: Localization and Mapping
  • TBD: Control Theory
  • TBD: Task and Motion Planning
Core 5: Aerospace
Structures and Dynamics
  • ME 427: Aerospace Structures
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Systems Engineering
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics
  • CE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • ME 742: Non-Linear Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Advanced Acoustics

Aerodynamics

  • ME 472: Aircraft Performance
  • ME 581: Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 775: Aeroelasticity
  • ME 671: Advanced Aerodynamics
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 555: Rockets and Gas Turbines

Specialization Requirements (9 credits)

All students will need to take courses totaling 9 credits beyond the core requirement. These can be any THREE graduate level courses (or 300 to 400 level with DGS approval). Although these courses can be any Duke courses to render the program flexible, preference should be given to MEMS Core and engineering courses, to develop the necessary disciplinary depth.

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project
  • MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment