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Mechanical Engineering

Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2012–2014 Graduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 22, 2012 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved.

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MC 251)
842 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7022

Campus Location: 2041 ERF
Program Codes: 20FS0133MS (MS); 20FS0133PHD (PhD)
Telephone: (312) 996-6122
Web Site:

Head of the Department: Farzad Mashayek
Director of Graduate Studies: Michael J. Scott


The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers graduate programs leading to degrees in Mechanical Engineering at both the master’s and doctoral levels. In addition, the department offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; consult the appropriate section of the catalog for more information. The department offers a broad range of courses in the field of mechanical engineering. A rich array of research topics of contemporary interest are structured into four major interdisciplinary research areas of emphasis: Biomedical and Biotechnology, Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Environment. Some examples of specific research focus areas within these emphasis areas include micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), micro/nanomanipulation, nanoparticle, nanofluidics, microtransducers and micromechanisms, electrospinning, acoustics, dynamics and vibration, medical imaging and diagnostics, biomechanics and computational mechanics, product design, mechatronics and automatic control, multi-body systems and vehicle dynamics, IC engines, combustors, plasma, combustion, heat transfer, turbulence, multi-phase flows, molecular dynamics and air pollution control. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental work is encouraged with other engineering departments such as, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science as well as various departments in the College of Medicine.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Financial Aid

There are several different forms of financial aid available to incoming graduate students: University Fellowship, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Tuition and Fee Waivers. Applicants may seek financial aid by completing the downloadable Application for Graduate Appointment and mailing it to the MIE Department at UIC. They will automatically be considered for all four forms of financial aid listed above. Additional information and the procedure to apply for financial aid can be found on the MIE website at