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Chapter 4: Fields of Study

Engineering Mechanics

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

Areas of Study and Facilities

Graduate study and facilities for research are offered in the areas of theoretical mechanics and applied mathematics, dynamics, computational mechanics, experimental fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, finite element methods, boundary element methods, experimental mechanics, solid and structural mechanics, and structural dynamics. The extensive facilities of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services and related hardware for interactive computer graphics and real-time control of experiments are available to graduate students for research use. For experimental research the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics maintains laboratory facilities on campus and at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus. These facilities include equipment for studies in high-velocity impact, structural dynamics, and materials science. A well-equipped machine shop is partially supported by the department, and technical assistance is available when required.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
Ivo M. BabuskaLawrence R. Mack
Eric B. BeckerHans Mark
Anthony BedfordMark E. Mear
Jeffrey K. BennighofJ. Tinsley Oden
Graham F. CareyGregory J. Rodin
Roy R. Craig Jr.Richard A. Schapery
Leszek F. DemkowiczRonald O. Stearman
David S. DollingMorris Stern
Linda J. HayesEric M. Taleff
John KallinderisByron D. Tapley
Stelios KyriakidesMary F. Wheeler
Kenneth M. Liechti 

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a graduate degree in engineering mechanics must meet all the general requirements for advanced degrees. Particular details are given below.

Master of Science in Engineering

Before being admitted to candidacy, the student must have a satisfactory proficiency in basic and intermediate material in engineering mechanics and mathematics. Students entering without an undergraduate degree in engineering are usually required to do some remedial work at the undergraduate level. A master's degree program normally consists of twenty-four semester hours of graduate coursework in engineering mechanics and related fields, and six semester hours in the thesis course. Two optional routes to the master's degree are available by petition to the Graduate Studies Committee. These are thirty-six hours of coursework with no thesis or report and thirty hours of coursework and a report based on work done in an additional prescribed conference course. Details of the options and requirements pertaining to course selection are given in instructions supplied by the department.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral candidates must fulfill the basic course requirements prescribed for candidates for the master's degree. Beyond that, the course program is tailored to each student's needs.

Before being admitted to candidacy for the degree, the student must pass both a written and an oral qualifying examination on graduate-level material in mechanics and mathematics.

After being admitted to candidacy, the student completes coursework, carries out an acceptable program of original research, and writes a dissertation covering this research. The committee appointed to approve the Program of Work and the dissertation examines the student for both breadth and depth of knowledge. Examinations may be oral or written or both and must include a public defense of the dissertation.

Further information about policy, procedure, and requirements is available from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

For More Information

Campus address: W. R. Woolrich Laboratories (WRW) 215D, phone (512) 471-7595, fax (512) 471-3788

Mailing address: Graduate Program in Engineering Mechanics, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712

E-mail: gradprog@mail.ae.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.ae.utexas.edu/

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