Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
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. Students usually take four years to earn the Ph.D. degree.
Ph.D. students take a qualifying examination. For incoming students with a Bachelor's degree, the examination is usually held after they have completed two semesters of graduate studies at Cornell. For incoming students with a Master's degree, the examination is held after they have completed one semester of graduate studies at Cornell. They must also demonstrate proficiency in English and one of the following languages: French, German, Russian, Chinese, or Japanese. Teaching experience is required.
Contact InformationWebsite: http://www.mae.cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-5250
107 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- dynamics and space mechanics
- fluid mechanics
- mechanics of materials
- solid mechanics
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 15; no spring admission
The field has students from a variety of academic and geographical backgrounds. Students are expected to have a background in physics, mathematics, or any branch of engineering.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- three letters of recommendation
- 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
Demonstrate advanced research skills
Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship by keeping abreast of advances in the field, showing a commitment to professional development and supporting a learning environment through teaching, collaborating, or mentoring
Demonstrate professional skill in ethics, communication, and giving and receiving feedback