Mechanical Engineering M.Eng., M.E., and Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineering M.Eng., M.E., and Ph.D.
Fundamental Engineering Education
Stevens Institute of Technology, founded as a school dedicated to the instruction of mechanical engineers, has over 140 years of experience providing a broad range of theoretical and applied mechanical engineering learning opportunities. Graduate students benefit from an emphasis on multi-disciplinary research collaboration and interdisciplinary studies, including Nanotechnology and Sustainable Engineering. Broad faculty interests include high-performance materials, manufacturing and design, computational fluid dynamics, multiscale fluid physics, ambient energy harvesting, sustainable energy systems, multi-scale robotics and unmanned vehicles, and active nanomaterials and devices.
Innovative Education and Research
Our graduate-level Mechanical Engineering programs build on undergraduate education and professional engineering experience and dive deep into a student's primary area of interest. A flexible curriculum enables students to focus intensely on their specialties, conduct research projects, and write theses using the resources of broad course offerings and faculty strengths. Students support faculty research on emerging technologies, their fabrications methods, and the infrastructures that support manufacturing and product development.
Besides Department and faculty labs, students have access to the Laboratory for Multi-Scale Imaging, which provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise in morphological characterization to support and elevate research from the macroscopic to microscopic length scale. This multi-disciplinary support facility houses four pieces of major instrumentations: a field-emission S/TEM, a field-emission SEM, a DPN/AFM, and an LSCM. LMSI supports a vibrant research environment that promotes learning and research activities by offering training classes and seminars within an open and multiuser laboratory space.
Research in Focus
Nanoscale Engineering and Fabrication
Stevens is one of the nation's premiere universities for nanoscale engineering education and research. Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi analyses nanopatterning and nanostructure fabrication, where the concentration is to develop simple but efficient methods of nanofabrication that display superior pattern regularity, size, and shape over a large area. These initiatives, developed in the Nano and Microfluidics Laboratory have the potential for novel applications in bioengineering such as implanted biomedical devices and tissue engineering. Dr. Choi's research has won funding support from NSF, DARPA, Office of Naval Research (YIP Award), Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center, and Korean-American Scientists and Engineering Association.
Dr. Frank Fisher researches characterization of nanoreinforced polymer systems, multiscale modeling of nano-composites and materials, mechanical characterization of materials at the nanoscale, viscoelastic behavior of polymeric materials, hybrid finite element - micromechanics methods, NEMS/MEMS sensors and devices, and vibration energy harvesting. As director of the Nanomechanics & Nanomaterials Laboratory, his group studies the behavior of advanced material systems at the nanoscale. In recognition of his innovative contributions to nanoscale research, Dr. Fisher has received several NSF grants, including the prestigious CAREER Award, and has been honored with many teaching awards from the university and at the national level.
Dr. Eui-Hyeok Yang is investigating engineered carbon nanotube and graphene nanostructures and devices for nanosensors/actuators and nanoelectronics applications. His Nanoelectronics and Nanomechatronics Laboratory is equipped with extensive imaging and sensing equipment for studying these low dimensional materials. Current research projects include: pursing a novel local oxidation lithography for carbon nanotube and graphene nanostructures, investigation of a graphene-based nanonose, and a nanoactuator-based active nanostructures which can be used for many potential applications. Dr. Yang's research has broad implications for next-generation devices such as sensors, detectors, system-on-a-chip, system-in-a-package, programmable logic controls, energy storage systems and future electronic systems.
Dr. Yang is currently Director of the MicroDevice Laboratory, which explores military systems applications of emerging nanotechnologies that include: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, micro/nano sensors and actuators, microchemical systems, nanoenergetics, and nanoscale energy harvesting. At the core of MDL is a multi-disciplinary clean room facility with the latest instruments for lithography, wet and dry etching, deposition, and characterization. Funding for MDL has come from NSF, ONR, and U.S. Army/ARDEC.
Professional and Academic Opportunities
Mechanical Engineering degrees open up a world of diverse career opportunities. A Master's of Engineering may be a terminal degree preceding professional success, or a solid foundation for continuing as a Doctoral student.
The degree of Mechanical Engineer, pursued by students already possessing the M.Eng. and professional experience, provides advanced recognition of abilities and dedication to engineering.
The Ph.D. student demonstrates significant independence of thought and a commitment to promoting the state of the art in Mechanical Engineering.