Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The program emphasizes basic mechanical sciences to prepare students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development. The faculty is particularly strong and active in biomechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, turbulence, combustion, thermal systems engineering, multiphase flows, energy and power systems, transport processes in microgravity, mechanical systems and design, control and robotics, dynamics and control of space structures, mechanics of materials and materials processing, materials microgravity sciences and computational mechanics.
Biomechanical engineering: Analysis and design of biomechanical systems for orthopedic surgery; development of computer-aided design and analysis techniques for bone-implant systems; skeletal adaptation and bone structural behavior; mechanics and dynamics of human and animal motion and coordination.
Combustion: Combustion processes for practical energy-conversion devices; computational techniques for turbulent combustion; incineration of municipal and hazardous waste; combustion in a microgravity environment; computer simulations of rapid granular flows; models of pneumatic transport; laser imaging studies of turbulent combustion; development and application of laser tomography for combustion measurements.
Energy and power systems: Combustion and transport processes in gas turbine combustors.
Fluid mechanics: Theoretical and experimental studies of turbulence with applications to industrial, meteorological and oceanographic flows; construction of consistent turbulence models; experimental studies of transition to turbulence and three dimensionalities in wakes, shear flows, and boundary layers; linear and nonlinear wave propagation and stability studies of vortex flows; experimental investigations of vortex structure; vortex-induced vibration; fundamental vortex interactions; wing vortex wake dynamics; splash dynamics of droplets on surfaces.
Heat transfer: Experiments in critical heat flux and boiling instability; heat transfer in electronic components; radiosity for realistic images in computer graphics; transport phenomena in materials processing; inverse heat transfer problems; computational design and control of thermal systems and processes.
Materials processing and precision engineering: Experiments and modeling of microstructure and damage evolution in metals; modeling, optimal design and robust control of deformation, solidification and crystal growth processes; computational mechanics.
Mechanical systems and design: Spatial and dynamical modeling and the use of models in analysis, design, and control; magnetic bearings; application of nonlinear dynamics and chaos to mechanical systems; guidance, estimation, and trajectory optimization; multi-variable robust control; dimensional tolerances and metrology; metatheories for design; design analysis of fluid film bearings; tribology.
Multiphase flows: Experimental circulating fluidization; impact of particles on other particles or solid boundaries; scale-up and heat transfer in fluidized beds; development of instrumentation for gas-solid suspensions; granular flows down inclines; theories and numerical simulations of collisional granular materials; microgravity experiments on the flow, heat transfer and segregation of collisional granular materials and gas-solid suspensions; development of instrumentation for the snow pack and snow avalanches; suspension theories; rheology of polymer melts; two-phase boiling.
The Ph.D. programs provide advanced levels of training suitable for students pursuing careers in research and development, education, or advanced engineering analysis and design. Applicants may apply for the Ph.D. program directly from a bachelor's degree.
Contact InformationWebsite: https://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae/programs/graduate-programs/phd-degree
Email: email@example.com or see the MAE Ph.D. home page http://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae/academics/graduate/phd/index.cfm
Phone: 607 255-5250
107 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- biomedical mechanics
- dynamics and control
- energy and sustainability
- fluid dynamics
- micro- and nanoscale engineering
- solid mechanics and materials
- thermal science
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 15; no spring admissions.
Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or the physical sciences. All applicants must submit GRE general test scores. Submission of GRE subject test scores in engineering, mathematics, or physics is strongly recommended. Admission is offered only for the fall semester, except in unusual cases. A field brochure is available on request from the graduate field office.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- three recommendations
- GRE general test*
- Ph.D. --email questions regarding the Ph.D. application to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the MAE Ph.D. home page https://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae/programs/graduate-programs/phd-degree
*Due to COVID-19, the GRE general test is optional for fall 2021 admission.
Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline
Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methodologies
Identify new research opportunities within one’s field
Demonstrate advanced research skills
Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of other
Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship
Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas
Commit to professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
Create an environment that supports learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration
Demonstrate professional skills
Advance ethical standards in the discipline
Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively