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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Vancouver

Faculty working with Students: 8
Students: 33
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 60.61%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10th
  • Spring July 10th
Campus:
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a thesis program requiring a significant research project as well as coursework in the following general areas: 

  • Solid mechanics
  • Manufacturing and design
  • Robotics and automation
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Micro/nano technology

 

The program has a “Digital Design and Manufacturing” theme. It refers to a modern and critical set of digital technologies for advanced modeling, simulation, analysis, integration of information technology, sensing, automation and big data to rapidly design and manufacture products. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment worth more than $6 million.

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a thesis program and requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. This includes 21 hours of graded coursework beyond the bachelor’s plus a minimum of 4 thesis credits. The remaining five credits can be additional thesis credits or 500-level MECH classes.

Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified students.

The WSU Vancouver MS in Mechanical Engineering is designed and administered separately from the MS program in Pullman. If you designate the WSU Pullman program as your main objective, you will not be automatically considered by the Vancouver program unless you submit the specific documentation requested on our “How to Apply” web page (http://encs.vancouver.wsu.edu/how-apply). Except in rare cases, only those who indicate WSU Vancouver as their main objective will be prompted to submit any missing documentation so our Selection Committee can review their completed applications.

Admission Requirements:

An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale is a minimum to be considered for admission to the MS program. Students with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering are well prepared for the program. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other engineering disciplines, mathematics or the physical sciences may be required to take certain courses prior to taking graduate courses.

Admission to the graduate program is a joint decision between the WSU Graduate School and the School of Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Vancouver. Submitting your application for admission to WSUV MSME is a two-step process. Please complete both steps to ensure your application is received and reviewed by WSUV ENCS and the WSU Graduate School (how to apply- https://ecs.vancouver.wsu.edu/how-apply):

  1.  Complete and submit the online application form specific to your interests in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. This form indicates your intention to apply to the Graduate School, and includes the student interest profile plus the optional application for a graduate assistantship in ENCS.
  2. Complete and submit the online application for the WSU Graduate School. You can also find the Graduate School’s requirements and deadlines, as well as requirements for both domestic and international students.

You should be prepared to submit the following along with your application to the WSU Graduate School:

  1. Transcripts: required from all non-WSU colleges or universities you have previously attended. (Unofficial transcripts may be accepted by the Graduate School at the time of application submittal, for initial consideration purposes only.) 
  2. TOEFL scores (international students): must be sent directly from ETS to WSU. The Washington State University school code is 4705
  3. Letters of Recommendation: will be requested on-line from your references. Make sure to have your references contact information available at the time of applying. 
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Have a depth of knowledge in a specialty area of mechanical engineering
  2. Formulate and execute a research plan, including generating and analyzing research results
  3. Communicate effectively through oral presentations and publications
  4. Pursue professional development to meet the challenging demands and increasing responsibilities of a successful career in mechanical engineering

Faculty Members:

Chen, Xiaolin, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Computational mechanics
Finite elements
Boundary elements
Multiphysics simulation
Reduced order modeling

Gurocak, Hakan Berat, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Robotics
Automation
Haptic interfaces

Kim, Dae-Wook, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Development of the fundamental understanding of manufacturing processes for structural performance enhancement
Manufacturing process development of advanced composite materials in macro and micro scale
Modeling and experimental validation of structural integrity for aerospace/marine structures and their joints

Kim, Jong Hoon, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Fabrication of micro/nanostructures
Point-of-care diagnostic testing
Scalable nanomanufacturing

Kim, Sun Ung, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Heat and mass transport phenomena in energy storage systems
Electrochemical modeling and analysis of batteries
Fuel cells and sensors
Thermo-electrochemical modeling
Beyond-lithium ion battery systems

Rad, Hamid, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Engineering education
Design methodologies
Pedagogical research

Solovitz, Stephen, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Multi-scale fluid dynamics
Heat transfer

Tan, Hua, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Computational fluid dynamics
Capillary flows
Microfluidics
Inkjet-based 3D printing

Contact Information:

Claire Potter
Engineering and Computer Science Bldg 201C
Vancouver, WA
360-546-9638