The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate work leading to both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and in materials science. Applicants for admission typically have a general background in one of the following areas, depending on degree program and interest: engineering, physics, applied physics, applied mathematics, materials science, mechanics, metallurgy, or chemistry.
Faculty research in the department falls into two broad categories: solid mechanics-materials science, and fluid mechanics-plasma physics. Much of this work is interdisciplinary and takes advantage of links between the Department and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU) and the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), as well as the Departments of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) in the College. For more details about research opportunities, go to the Research Areas webpage or the web pages of individual faculty members.