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Engineering Mechanics M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Program Description

The Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics provides a strong background in engineering science and applied mathematics, which prepares students to carry out high-quality analytical or experimental research and to handle a wide variety of modern engineering problems. Course work provides a broad education in the mechanics of rigid and deformable bodies, applied mathematics, and modern experimental techniques.

Current research topics include solid mechanics (modeling of manufacturing processes, quantitative ultrasonic and acoustic emission techniques, fracture mechanics, composite materials, mechanics of human-powered vehicles, nonlinear elasticity); fluid mechanics (granular materials, strongly swirling flows); dynamics and space mechanics (evolution of the solar system, planetary rings and rotation of celestial bodies, qualitative analysis of dynamic problems in nonlinear mechanics, bifurcations, chaos); and biomechanics and biomathematics (respiration of plants, how fishes swim).

All students are required to minor in at least one other field. Frequently selected minors are aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, astronomy, electrical and computer engineering, geophysics, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, and structural engineering. The M.Eng. degree usually takes one year.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-0990

219 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • advanced composites and structures


2018-2019: $54,584

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 1; spring, Oct. 15

Requirements Summary:

The field has about forty students from a variety of academic and geographical backgrounds. Students are expected to have a background in physics, mathematics, or any branch of engineering. Applicants must submit GRE general test scores, with a minimum combined analytical/quantitative score of 1400. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) is required. Applicants interested in a terminal masters degree should apply to the Master of Engineering program.


Learning Outcomes


The graduate field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) provides a foundation in engineering science and applied mathematics that prepares students to carry out analytical or experimental research and to develop models to solve a wide variety of engineering problems.  Faculty are particularly strong and active in dynamical systems, networks, composites, adhesion, granular flow, fracture, planetary dynamics, robotics, biomechanics and bio-mathematics, locomotion and insect flight.  

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