Mechanical Engineering

Constantine Tarawneh, Ph.D.
Program Director
(956) 665-2607

Department of Mechanical Engineering
ENGR 3.222
Phone: (956) 665-2394
Fax: (956) 665-3527

MSE - Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Engineering Degree. The program has a thesis option, a non-thesis option, and a project with report option. Coursework is offered in areas including Mechanics and Design, Materials, and Thermal-Fluid Sciences. Potential research opportunities exist in combustion, nanotechnology, MEMS and NEMS, smart structures, biomechanics, biomaterials, robotics, mechatronics, acoustics and vibrations, materials science, materials engineering, solid mechanics, experimental heat transfer and fluid mechanics, thermal and dynamic testing and analysis of railroad rolling stock, and bearing condition monitoring.

Time to Degree: 2 years

Total Credit Hours: 30 hours - Thesis, 36 hours- Project or Non-Thesis

Program Options: Thesis, Non- Thesis, Engineering Project with Report

Program Tracks: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering

Why a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at UTPA?

  • The NanoTeam at UTPA supports and maintains a Materials Science Research Center of Excellence. The various technical activities have resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed publications, over 200 presentations, and over 15 patents/patent applications. The NanoTeam has been able to obtain over $10 M in funding from federal (Air Force, NSF, Army, ONR, and other agencies) and private industries
  • The Railroad Research Group at UTPA was recently awarded a $3 M USDOT grant to establish a University Transportation Center for Railway Safety. Additionally, over the past 9 years, The UTPA Railroad Research Group has secured over $3 M in funding from a world leader in the railroad industry, Amsted Rail, to support the ongoing research efforts. The various funded projects have resulted in over 35 peer reviewed publications, over 100 presentations, and 22 Masterís Theses in about seven years.
  • The mechanical engineering department is very active in acquiring educational grants focused at taking the teaching profession to the next level with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies and pedagogies. The department has been successful in garnering over $8 M in educational grants funded by a number of federal agencies.
  • The mechanical engineering department has a growing biomechanical and biomaterials research group supported by a number of newly acquired funded grants
  • The faculty of the mechanical engineering department has been honored with numerous awards for excellence in teaching, mentoring, research, and service. These awards include six UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards and four University Level Excellence Awards making the mechanical engineering department the only department on campus to have received such honors.

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