Mechanical Engineering Specializations

A Mechanical Engineering student who chooses to take specific electives will be awarded with a specialization that will appear on their transcript and diploma. They may also note the accomplishment on their resume/CV, and employers may contact the department for verification if requested. 

NOTE: Specializations are optional and students are only eligible for one specialization.  (Students on a pre-FA19 academic plan will be automatically updated to the FA19 academic plan when they request to switch to a new ME major with specialization.)

In order to declare a specialization, please submit a request through the Major and Minor tool.

 

 

Controls & Robotics - The specialization in controls and robotics is designed for students who want to understand the fundamentals of controls and optimization and their applications in robotics such as autonomous vehicles, biomedical technologies, and swarms of drones. 

  • Students must complete four technical electives from the list below including at least two of the courses marked with a ( * ).
    • MAE 108: Probability and Statistical Methods for Mech. & Env. Engr.
    • MAE 142: Dynamics & Control of Aerospace Vehicles*
    • MAE 144: Embedded Control & Robotics*
    • MAE 145: Introduction to Robotic Planning & Estimation*
    • MAE 146: Introduction to ML Algorithms
    • MAE 148: Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles
    • MAE 180A: Spacecraft Guidance I*
    • MAE 200: Controls*
    • MAE 204: Robotics*
    • SE 143A: Aerospace Structural Design I
    • SE 143B: Aerospace Structural Design II

 

Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Systems -  The specialization in fluid mechanics and thermal systems is designed for students who are interested in the fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and engineering applications. 

  • Students must complete four technical electives from the list below.
    • MAE 101D: Intermediate Heat Transfer
    • MAE 104: Aerodynamics
    • MAE 110: Thermodynamic Systems
    • MAE 113: Fundamentals of Propulsion
    • MAE 119: Introduction to Renewable Energy: Solar & Wind
    • MAE 122: Flow & Transport in the Environment
    • MAE 201: Mechanics of Fluids
    • MAE 202: Thermal Processes
    • BENG 103B: Bioengineering Mass Transfer or CENG 101C: Mass Transfer
    • SIO 111: Introduction to Ocean Waves
    • SIO 172: Physics of the Atmosphere
    • SIO 173: Dynamics of the Atmosphere & Climate
    • SIO 178: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

 

Mechanics of Materials:  The specialization in mechanics of materials is designed for students who are interested in gaining expertise in the areas of mechanics of solid and soft materials, and the dynamics of material systems (e.g., bioinspired systems and metamaterials), including applications to engineering structures and devices, manufacturing, energy, and biomedical engineering. Students can choose from a diverse set of courses in mechanics, numerical modeling, and material science. 

  • Students must complete four technical electives from a pre-approved list below including both of the courses marked with a ( * ):
    • MAE 130: Mechanics III: Vibrations*
    • MAE 131B: Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics II*
    • MAE 133: Finite Element Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • MAE 160: Mechanical Behavior of Materials (if MAE 131B is used to satisfy ME major requirement)
    • MAE 165: Fatigue & Failure Analysis of Engineering Components
    • MAE 166: Nanomaterials
    • MAE 167: Wave Dynamics in Materials
    • MAE 190: Biomaterials & Medical Devices (Note: It must be this specific course topic.)
    • NANO 134: Polymeric Materials (or MATS 257: Polymer Science & Engineering)
    • NANO 148: Thermodynamics of Materials
    • NANO 158: Phase Transformations & Kinetics
    • NANO 158L: Materials Processing Laboratory
    • NANO 161: Material Selection in Engineering
    • NANO 174L: Mechanical Behavior Laboratory
    • SE 142: Design of Composite Structures
    • SE 163: Nondestructive Evaluation 

 

Materials Science & Engineering:  The specialization in materials science and engineering is designed for students who are interested in materials fundamentals and applications in engineering such as criteria for materials selection, fabrication and failure analysis of engineering components, nanomaterials and materials for biomedical, energy, and electrical/magnetic/optical applications. 

  • Students must complete four technical electives from a pre-approved list below. Only one of the courses marked with a ( * ) will be accepted for the specialization, not both:
    • MAE 130: Mechanics III: Vibrations
    • One of the following two courses:
      • MAE 131B. Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics II (if MAE 160 is used to satisfy ME major requirement)
      • MAE 160. Mechanical Behavior of Materials (if MAE 131B is used to satisfy ME major requirement)
    • MAE 133: Finite Element Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering*
    • MAE 165: Fatigue & Failure Analysis of Engineering Components
    • MAE 166: Nanomaterials
    • MAE 167: Wave Dynamics in Materials
    • MAE 190: Biomaterials & Medical Devices (Note: It must be this specific course topic.)
    • NANO 134: Polymeric Materials (or MATS 257: Polymer Science & Engineering)
    • NANO 148: Thermodynamics of Materials
    • NANO 158: Phase Transformations & Kinetics
    • NANO 158L: Materials Processing Laboratory
    • NANO 161: Material Selection in Engineering
    • NANO 174L: Mechanical Behavior Laboratory
    • SE 131: Finite Element Analysis*
    • SE 142: Design of Composite Structures
    • SE 163: Nondestructive Evaluation

 

Renewable Energy & Environmental Flows (REEF) - The specialization in renewable energy and environmental flows is designed for students who are interested in technologies that enable sustainable growth, in flow and transport in atmosphere, ocean, and groundwater, and renewable energy solutions for the electric power system. 

  • Students can choose from a diverse set of courses in oceanography, chemistry, and various engineering disciplines. Students must complete four technical electives from the list below including both of the courses marked with a ( * ).
    • Core
      • MAE 119: Introduction to Renewable Energy: Solar & Wind*
      • MAE 122: Flow and Transport in the Environment*
    • Environmental Flows
      • MAE 123: Introduction to Transport in Porus Media
      • SIO 111: Introduction to Ocean Waves
      • SIO 171: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
      • SIO 172: Physics of the Atmosphere
      • SIO 173: Dynamics of the Atmosphere & Climate
      • SIO 175: Analysis of Oceanic & Atmospheric Data
      • SIO 176: Observational Physical Oceanography
      • SIO 178: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
      • SIO 179: Ocean Instruments & Sensors
    • Energy
      • MAE 101D: Intermediate Heat Transfer
      • MAE 108: Probability and Statistical Methods for Mech. & Env. Engr.
      • MAE 110: Thermodynamics Systems
      • MAE 120: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
      • MAE 125: Building Energy Efficiency
      • MAE 206: Energy Systems
      • ECE 121A: Power Systems Analysis & Fundamentals
      • ECE 121B: Energy Conversion
      • ECE 125A: Introduction to Power Electronics I
      • ECE 125B: Introduction to Power Electronics II
      • ESYS 103: Environmental Challenges: Science and Solutions
      • SIO 117: The Physical Basis of Global Warming
    • Environmental Chemistry
      • CENG 100: Material & Energy Balances
      • CHEM 171: Environmental Chemistry I
      • CHEM 172: Environmental Chemistry II
      • CHEM 173: Atmospheric Chemistry
      • ESYS 101: Environmental Biology
      • SIO 141 / CHEM 174: Chemical Principles of Marine Systems
      • SIO 143: Ocean Acidification
      • SIO 174: Chemistry of the Atmosphere & Oceans
      • Most CENG and CHEM courses (with petition)