At its very beginnings, Stevens Institute of Technology was dedicated to the instruction of mechanical engineers, and today it boasts 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 Graduate Education and Research
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.
Three programs of graduate study are available, including the degree of Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, the professional Mechanical Engineer degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree, with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. A major objective of the graduate program is to encourage research work at all levels so that individuals can progressively undertake more challenging problems with a wider research scope as they gain confidence and competence.
Mechanical Engineering Master's Program
The Mechanical Engineering Master's degree program is intended to extend and broaden students' undergraduate education. It can be considered as a terminal degree or as preparation for the Ph.D. degree program.
Degree of Mechanical Engineer
The Engineer Degree is a professional degree for candidates who already have a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering or its equivalent; otherwise, additional courses will be required. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate professional competence by having at least two years of responsible engineering experience before entering the program.
Admission to the Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Mechanical Engineering will be made by the Graduate Committee of the department and will be based on an assessment of your academic background, competence and aptitude for advanced study and research. Normally, an appropriate Master of Engineering degree or its equivalent is required, but exceptionally well qualified applicants will be considered for admission to the doctoral program even without completed Master's degree.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs
Integrated Product Development
As an interdisciplinary Master's program, Integrated Product Development gives students a distinct opportunity to cross disciplines in order to expand or deepen their expertise in the engineering fields. Students may use their professional experience and educational backgrounds as a foundation for exploring new disciplines, or gain a robust understanding of a field in which they are currently employed.
The program's curriculum includes four core courses that establish the methodologies and tools required for effective engineering design and product management. Beyond the core curriculum, five tracks are available for focused instruction targeted for structured professional development. Available concentrated tracks in IPD currently are:
- Armament Engineering
- Computer and Electrical Engineering
- Manufacturing Technologies
- Systems Reliability and Design
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Program
The Stevens Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation and thorough understanding of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in processes, facilities, validation, and project management. At Stevens, students learn and interact with outstanding industry-based faculty, who bring valuable knowledge, depth, and real-world experience to the classroom. They teach a thorough science-based understanding of pharmaceutical materials, and current and cutting-edge manufacturing processes in the context of global regulatory requirements, so students will be equipped to be a valued contributor to the pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industry. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program is an interdisciplinary program administered by the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Nanotechnology Graduate Program
Students pursuing Graduate Degrees in the Mechanical Engineering Department may participate in the Stevens Nanotechnology Graduate Program. To qualify for the nanotechnology concentration in addition to satisfying the Mechanical Engineering graduate degree requirements, the elective courses in the graduate degree program chosen by students must satisfy the requirements for the nanotechnology concentration. Thesis option is also available for Master degrees. Candidates for Ph.D. degrees with the nanotechnology concentration must complete disciplinary core requirements, a number of required elective courses, and must regularly attend the nanotechnology seminar series in the Nanotechnology Curriculum. In addition, a Ph.D. candidate must successfully execute a doctoral dissertation in the realm of nanotechnology.
For more information, please see the Stevens Nanotechnology Graduate Program webpage.
Graduate Co-op Program
Unique among most universities in the Unites States, Stevens offers a Graduate Cooperative Education Program that provides relevant learning experiences for students in business, industry and government. This allows for students to apply their technical knowledge in a supportive workplace while being actively engaged with new technologies in a continuous on-the-job learning environment. Students utilize their critical thinking skills to understand methodologies and processes and produce new knowledge for the global marketplace. They are exposed to real-time demands, communicate in all mediums with all levels of management and be accountable for their projects.
For more information, please visit the Graduate Cooperative Education Program website.