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Master of Science in Engineering

Faculty working with Students: 33
Students: 7
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January
  • Spring July
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

These interdisciplinary programs are administered through the College of Engineering and Architecture’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, with students typically advised and funded through one of several departments in the College. The interdisciplinary nature of these degrees provides considerable flexibility in designing programs of study tailored to the specialized needs of each student.
Areas of specialization include (but are not limited to):
Biological systems engineering,
Atmospheric research,
Materials science and engineering,
These students often work in one of our interdisciplinary centers such as: Bioengineering Research Center (BRC), Center for Environmental, Sediment, and Aquatic Research (CESAR), Center for Environmental Education and Outreach (CEREO), Center for Materials Research (CMR), Engineering Education Research Center (EERC), Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR), and the Wood Materials Research Lab (WMEL).
Thesis and non-thesis options are available in the M.S. degree program.

Admission Requirements:

Normally, students entering the program will have an undergraduate degree from a recognized program in engineering. Students with a non-engineering undergraduate degree, such as mathematics or the physical and life sciences, may need to complete a central core of undergraduate engineering study focused on their area of interest. The interdisciplinary nature of these degrees provides considerable flexibility in designing programs of study tailored to the specialized needs of each student. Examples of areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, atmospheric research, bioengineering, materials science and engineering.

The Graduate School minimum admission requirements are listed on their website. Specific departments may have requirements beyond these. In order to determine what the department requirements are, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the department that the potential advisor is housed in. Students must satisfy the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and the department that the potential advisor is housed in.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

    1. Enabling interdisciplinary research that underpins nearly all technological development in the modern engineering:
        • Allow for a broad subject area of research that is supported by many departments in VCEA including mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biological systems  engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering.
        • Apply theory and methodologies within these areas to conduct relevant and timely research which addresses a broad spectrum of engineering and technology  problems from around the world.
        • Communicate the results of their research in peer reviewed journal articles and in oral presentations to faculty and students in the College of Engineering.
    2. Training graduate students to become innovators in solving the relevant, real-world problems of our time in many interdisciplinary research areas:
        • Our students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and well trained researchers to provide answers to pressing real-world problems using an interdisciplinary  approach that forces them to think outside the box.
        • Course work is set up to meet the needs of individual students in order to help them train in an area that is relevant to their strengths. This allows them to have a  broad field of research that is tailored to the needs of the scientific and engineering community and the world at large to an interdisciplinary course of study.
        • Initiate and defend a thesis that allows them to study a real-world problem and tailor a solution to fit it via rigorous hands-on research and study. This research is  completed using scientifically accepted methods and analysis of the problem being presented.
        • The thesis must then be presented in front of a group of peers and faculty before being approved by a committee of experts.

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Faculty Members:

Abu-Lail, Nehal, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Nanoscale Cellular Interactions and Mechanics

Ahring, Birgitte, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Microbiology, biofuels, biochemicals

Beyenal, Haluk, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biofilm and Fuel Cells

Bose, Susmita, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Resorbable ceramics and composite in bone tissue engineering, nanoparticle and scaffolds in drug delivery, nanoscale coating of implants, advanced synthesis, processing.

Chen, Shulin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Land, Air, Water, and Environmental Engineering

Davis, Denny C, Ph.D.

Dong, Wenji, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cardiac Muscle Biology and Mechanics, Protein Chemistry and Engineering, Fluorescence Techniques, Computer Modeling, Nanoscale Biosensor Design and Engineering

Dutta, Prashanta, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Micro/nanofluidics, electrokinetic flow and separation, particulate flow, radio frequency heating, numerical modeling of chemical and biological flow, micro fuel cell and energy conversion.

Field, David P, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, metal deformation and recrystallization, grain boundary and interface structure, metallic thin films, structure/properties relationships.

Garcia-Perez, Manuel, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass (Pyrolysis, Gasification and Combustion)
Bio-fuels and biomass derived products
Production of hydrogen
Development and implementation of new bio-refinery concepts
Environmental impact of biomass thermochemical products

Ha, Su, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Energy generations from alternative fuels.

Jobson, B Thomas, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Measurement of Trace Organic Gases in the Atmosphere
Trace Gas Instrumentation
Tropospheric Photochemistry
Biogeochemical Cycling
Global Climate Change

Lamb, Brian K, Ph.D.

Research Interests

– Regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and windblown dust
– Application of atmospheric tracer techniques
– Biosphere/atmospheric interactions
– Three-dimensional turbulence modeling
– Greenhouse gas emissions

Lin, David, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Integrated mechanical properties of skeletal muscle and spinal reflexes. Multiscale modeling of muscle contractile properties.

Lynn, Kelvin G, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Radiation detectors, positron studies including variable energy beams, crystal growth, defects in semiconductors and metals; photovoltaic materials; thermal stimulated spectroscopies.

Mehrizi-Sani, Ali, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Integration of renewable energy resources in the power system, Power electronics interfaces for distributed generation, Control and management of microgrids and smart grid, Power system applications of power electronics.

Mount, George H, Ph.D.

Research Interests

– Atmospheric spectroscopy for measurement of trace gases
– Spectroscopic instrumentation
– Tropospheric trace gas chemistry
– Atmospheric radiation and radiative transfer

Ndegwa, Pius M, Ph.D.

Norton, M Grant, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Ceramic materials, nanotechnology, alternative energy.

Petersen, James N, Ph.D.

Research Interests

* Bioremediation of contaminated aqueous systems
* Modeling of biological processing operations
* On-line optimization of biological processes

Sablani, Shyam S, Ph.D.

Srivastava, Anurag K, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Stability, security and vulnerability analysis Real time modeling and simulation Testing and validation of smart grid algorithms and devices Intelligent control application Distributed generation and micro-grid Decision support and situational awareness using phasor data Interoperability and data integration

Stockle, Claudio Osvaldo, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Development and application of analytical tools to study, understand and manage the interaction between soil, weather, and crops.
Modeling the environmental impact of agricultural production at the field and water shed levels and in further enhancement and support of the Agricultural Crop Systems Modeling Software (CROPSYST)

Tang, Juming, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Food Engineering
Microwave and radio frequency heating and drying.
Heat and Mass Transfer in food processing.
Engineering properties of food materials.
Dehydration of fruits and vegetables.

Ullman, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Vanreken, Timothy, Ph.D.

Vasavada, Anita, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system.

Voulgarakis, Nikolaos, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Nanoscale modeling and simulation of soft biological systems and complex fluids. Applications areas: a) gene and drug delivery, b) cell membrane dynamics, and c) energy transfer in biomolecules.

Watts, Richard J, Ph.D.

Wie, Bernard J. Van, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biosensors, Biomedical Processes, Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture, Engineering Education

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Wu, Joan Qiong, Ph.D.

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