Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

photo of a student standing in front of a whiteboardThe Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSE). The MSE program is broad in scope and emphasizes portable concepts in the design and analysis of complex physical systems using modeling, synthesis, and optimization techniques, and bridges interdisciplinary engineering areas such as controls, robotics, electronics, and communications.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories and computer systems, interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Super-computer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET).


Research in mechanical engineering spans several exciting areas. There is a large program in design optimization addressing large structures, die shapes, flight trajectories, and other applications. Work is also being done in structural dynamics areas including vehicle suspensions and turbine blades. Mechanical design studies include the characterization of carbon-carbon composites. Fluid dynamics research is being conducted both experimentally and via computer computation (CFD). Projects include study of flows in turbine engines and reciprocating compressors. There is also a large thermal science program in the analysis and application of heat pipes and related devices.

Research at Wright State is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application. While graduate research contracts are processed through the department, students are responsible for initiating the process by contacting a faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty contact information is available on this site's directory, and faculty research areas are listed below:

  • Dr. George Huang (chair) - computational fluid dynamics, high performance computations, MAV
  • Dr. Ramana Grandhi - structural optimization, finite element methods, uncertainty quantification
  • Dr. Bor Jang - mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Nathan Klingbeil - solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue of engineering materials and structures
  • Dr. Junghsen Lieh - dynamics and controls of mechanical systems
  • Dr. James Menart - thermal sciences, heat transfer
  • Dr. Joseph Slater - structure dynamics, vibration and control
  • Dr. Mitch Wolff - fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, computational fluid dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, thermal systems, thermal integration and modeling
  • Dr. Ahsan Mian - Laser micro-processing, additive manufacturing, silicon micro-fabrication, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and experimental and computational techniques in solid mechanics
  • Dr. Scott Thomas - experimental heat and mass transfer, computational fluid dynamics
  • Dr. Ha-Rok Bae - design and optimization
  • Dr. Sheng Li - Tribology, surface engineering, mechanical power loss and efficiency; solid mechanics, computational mechanics, contact mechanics, contact fatigue; heat transfer, thermal failure, renewable energy; tribo-dynamics
  • Dr. Nikolai Priezjev - Molecular simulations of polymeric liquids and amorphous materials, computational fluid dynamics, microfludics and nanofluidics
  • Dr. Rory Roberts - thermodynamics, turbomachinery and system modeling and simulation
  • Dr. Zifeng Yang - experimental fluid mechanics, wind turbine technology, renewable energy



To be considered for admission to the MSE in Mechanical Engineering program, students must first satisfy basic admission requirements of the Graduate School. For regular degree status, this includes having a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. Additional information on graduate admissions can be found in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual.

The Mechanical Engineering graduate program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Please visit for additional information on accreditation. International students must also have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT). These scores should be sent to the Wright State International Gateway office (244 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435).

While the criteria listed above offer general guidelines, program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable. Personal statements and letters of recommendation are not required, but applicants are welcome to include them. Application tracking is done through the Graduate School's website, rather than at the department level. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements listed above, you must apply for the program before your credentials can be reviewed; i.e., the department cannot advise prospective students whether to apply.

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with the department chair. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate study. The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  • Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor. Please refer to the Course Inventory for a list of these courses.
  • At least 24 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer engineering courses, at least 18 of which must be engineering courses.
  • At least 18 of the 24 graduate credit hours described above must be courses numbered above 7000.
  • MTH 6050 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option.
    • Thesis: 9 credit hours of ME 7950 (Thesis) are required and will count toward the degree requirements outlines above in items 2 & 3
      Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option
    • Course Work: 9 credit hours of 7000 level courses from the approved list on the Course Inventory. Students have the option of taking up to 3 credit hours of Independent Study - ME 7990.
  • Completion of the required courses for 1 of 2 concentration areas:
  • Design
    • ME 7100 Advance Mechanics of Solids
    • 2 courses from the following:
      • ME 7060 Structural Reliability
      • ME 7080 Multidisciplinary Structural Optimization
      • ME 7120 Finite Element Method Applications
      • ME 7160 Nonlinear Dynamics & Vibration
      • ME 7210 Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics
      • ME 7690 Vibration Testing & Machine Health Monitoring
  • Thermofluids
    • 3 courses from the following:
      • ME 7300 Advanced Fluid Dynamics
      • ME 7330 Convective Heat & Mass Transfer
      • ME 7340 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
      • ME 7500 Advanced Thermodynamics
      • ME 7520 Hydrogen Energy
      • ME 7550 Photovoltaics