Graduate Program Overview

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program web site. The Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Nevada, Reno, has a strong tradition of excellence in research and teaching. We have well-recognized faculty members actively engaging in advanced research in all areas of mechanical engineering and science including solid mechanics/design, thermo-fluids/energy, and materials. A number of research laboratories are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and computing facilities. Our current research projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, and Navy), the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and large/small private industries. Most of our graduate students receive research and/or teaching assistantships for their outstanding research and teaching work. Current state of our graduate program is summarized below.

Graduate Students

  • Enrollment: 38 (M.S.: 22, Ph.D.: 16, in Fall 2011)

Faculty and Research Staffs

  • 12 Fulltime Faculty Member in 2012;
  • Approximately 10 Postdoctoral Researchers/Research Faculty/Visiting Faculty in 2012.

Research Productivity:

  • Research expenditure for FY 2011: $2,088,935.
  • Research award for FY 2011: $2,224,739.
  • Annual referred journal publications/faculty: about 2.2.

The department offers both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mechanical engineering. Candidates for the master's degree are admitted into the Plan "B" program (classwork only) or the Plan "A" option, which replaces some class work with a research thesis. Opportunities for support exist as teaching assistants, or in research on solid mechanics, composite & intelligent materials, fluid flow & heat transfer, energy, and biomedical engineering.

Incoming Ph.D. students are required to take the qualifying examination the first time it is offered after starting their study. Doctoral candidates perform their research under the supervision of an appropriate member of the faculty.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mail Stop 312
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Prospective Students
Master's and Doctoral Degrees
Graduate Organizations