Ask the Department:

crookedjourneyMechanics

Oct 24, 2013 (4 years and 15 days ago)

96 views

Ask the Department:


Mechanical & Aerospace
Engineering

Presented by: Dr. Robert G. Landers

Associate Professor

Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs


Academic Portfolio:

Mechanical Engineering:


Master’s of Science: Thesis and Non

Thesis


Doctor of Philosophy


Aerospace Engineering:


Master’s of Science: Thesis and Non

Thesis


Doctor of Philosophy


Manufacturing Engineering:


Master’s of Science: Thesis and Non

Thesis


Demographic Data: 230 students

Aerospace Masters of Science (Thesis): 27

Mechanical Masters of Science (Thesis): 64

Manufacturing Masters of Science (Thesis): 17

Aerospace Doctorate of Philosophy: 9

Mechanical Doctorate of Philosophy: 35

Aerospace Masters of Science (Non

Thesis): 6

Mechanical Masters of Science (Non

Thesis): 22

Manufacturing Masters of Science (Non

Thesis): 9

Composites and Materials Certificate: 8

Control Systems Certificate: 3

Engineering Mechanics Certificate: 13

Manufacturing Automation Certificate: 1

Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Certificate: 5

Manufacturing Systems Certificate: 11

Domestic/International 50%/50%

On

Campus/Distance 60%/40%



Admission (Minimum) Requirements

Admission Requirements

Masters Degree

PhD

Degree

BS in Engineering, applied
mathematics, computer
science or a physical
science






(B.S + M.S
reqd
)

BS to PhD admission
-

special cases

Cumulative GPA

BS in Engineering

≥ 3.0

BS in Engineering

≥ 3.0

or

MS

in Engineering
≥ 3.5

GRE

V + Q ≥

1100
, A ≥ 3.5

V + Q ≥

1100
, A ≥ 3.5

TOFEL

(international applicants)

570/230/88

570/230/88


Plan of Study for a Masters Student

Non Thesis

Thesis

Graduate
Research Course

0 credit hours

6
-
9 credit hours

Other Courses


Elective Course


Emphasis Area Course

30 credit

hours

24
-
21 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required

30 credit hours

30 Credit hours


Plan of Study for a PhD Student

Credit Hour
Requirements

At least 90 hours

of full
-
time work beyond the bachelor's
degree

or a
t least 60 hours

of full
-
time work beyond the
bachelor's degree

Residency and
Research

Spend at least two sequential semesters in full
-
time residence
at Missouri S&T and conduct original research under the
supervision of a doctoral advisor

Qualifying

Exam


Complete the written and oral Ph.D. Qualifying Exam before
becoming a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.


Comprehensive

Exam

Pass

a comprehensive exam consisting of written and oral
portions.


Funding is available on a competitive basis for M.S. thesis and
PhD. on

campus students.

Students should contact faculty in
their area of interest to see if those faculty have research
projects to work on with them and funds available for research
assistantships.

If a faculty member decides to fund a student,
they will notify the department.

Faculty Directory:

http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/directoryfaculty.html


Funding


80% of research

oriented students are funded

Most MS (thesis) or PhD students supported as Graduate Research
Assistant (GRA) or as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)


Work with a professor on an externally funded research project.


Research done as a GRA used to write thesis/dissertation.


Contact faculty member (in area of interest) to find out if he/she

has a funded project and need a GRA

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)


Will be required to assist in teaching a Lab/class.


Contact Grad Secretary (Ms. Kathy Wagner)


International students cannot be a GTA during their first

semester in the US

GRA vs. GTA


Both GRA/GTA positions are competitive.


Appointment is based on the Department’s need (teaching

and research) and available funding.


Department has no need for
GTAs

in the summer


GRA support during the summer if your advisor has funding.


All GRA/GTA are eligible for in
-
state (MO) tuition rate.


As a GTA/GRA, you only pay for the first 6 hours/semester.


To be on a GTA/GRA, you must pursue a thesis option.


There are no deadlines.
Faculty members make GRA offers as
and when they find a qualified applicant. Sooner you contact a
faculty member better your chances are of getting an offer
.


GRA vs. GTA


Research Proposals Awarded


A total of 44 proposals have
been awarded in the
financial
year 2010
totaling
$5,098,579.



Department Research Labs

Design and Manufacturing



Advanced Machining Laboratory



Laboratory for Industrial Automation and
Flexible Manufacturing



Laser
-
Aided Manufacturing Processes
Laboratory



Laser
-
Based Manufacturing Laboratory



Virtual and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory



Energy Conversion and HVAC



Environmental Control Group



Aerospace Flow Laboratory



Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics



Aerospace Flow Laboratory



Cloud and Aerosol Sciences Laboratory



Fluid Dynamics and Combustion Laboratories



Combustion and Spray Dynamics
Laboratories





Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics



Computational
Radiative

Transfer Laboratory



Convection Heat Transfer Laboratory



Thermal
Radiative

Transfer Group



Welding Laboratory



Materials and Structures



Composite Materials Manufacturing and
Characterization Laboratory



Materials Research Center



Structural Health Monitoring Laboratory


Dynamics and Controls



Caterpillar
Mechatronics

Laboratory



Electromechanical Systems Research Lab
(EMSERL)




Contact Information


Department Address

Department of Mechanical &

Aerospace Engineering

194 Toomey Hall

400 W. 13th St.

Rolla, MO 65409

573

341

4661

http://mae.mst.edu/


Department Contacts


Kathy Wagner


Graduate Senior Secretary


573

341

4772


wagnerkc@mst.edu


Dr. Robert G. Landers

Associate Professor and

Associate Chair for Graduate
Studies

573

341

4586

landersr@mst.edu



Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. Ashok
Midha


Mechanical design, rigid
-
body and compliant mechanism
design, high
-
performance machinery analysis and design,
machine vibration and stability.

Dr. J. Keith
Nisbett


Kinematics, mechanical design, synthesis of mechanisms.

Dr.
Fathi

Finaish


Aerodynamic testing, unsteady flows, vortex dynamics in
separated flows, physical and numerical flow visualizations,
variable density flows, flow control.


Dr.
Lokeswarappa

R.
Dharani


Aircraft structures, fracture mechanics, fatigue and failure
analysis; micromechanics; composite materials and
structures; process modeling of ceramic matrix composites;
friction and wear of composites; and fracture of laminated
glazing



Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. Darryl J.
Alofs


Fluid mechanics, aerosol mechanics, and the effect of clouds
on global climate with an emphasis on experimental
approach and instrumentation development.


Dr.

Bassem

F.
Armaly


Heat transfer and fluid mechanics,
thermophysical

properties, heat pipes, combined conduction, convection,
and radiation heat transfer problems, solar energy,
cryogenics, and thermal effects in manufacturing processes.


Dr. SN
Balakrishnan


Guidance, Stability, Control and Estimation, Pattern
Recognition, Stochastic Processes, Optimization, Neural
Network Applications to Control, Numerical Methods, Design

Dr.
Arindam

Banerjee


Buoyancy driven flows, Turbulence, Low Reynolds number
hydrodynamics,
Nano
-
fluidics, Optical and laser based
diagnostics in thermal
-
fluid sciences, Bio
-
heat transfer.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. Victor
Birman


Composite material structures, smart structures and
materials, structural dynamics and vibration, buckling and
dynamic stability.

Dr. Douglas A. Bristow

Precision motion control for micro
-

and
nano
-
positioning
systems.

Iterative learning control, robust control, modeling,
design, solid freeform fabrication, microscopy, signal
processing.

Dr. K.
Chandrashekhara


Composite materials, smart structures,
nanocomposites
,
biocomposites
, structural dynamics, finite element analysis,
damage monitoring, composite manufacturing and
experimental characterization.

Dr. Al
Crosbie


Multidimensional
radiative

heat transfer, laser processing of
materials,
radiative

heat transfer in combustion processes,
microscale

heat transfer, biomedical optics, interaction of
radiation with conduction and convection, multiple
scattering and polarization of laser beams, solutions of
integral equations, and numerical heat transfer.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. James A.
Drallmeier


Combustion, laser based diagnostics for sprays and
combustion, optical measurement systems, fuel injection,
and internal combustion engines.


Dr. Xiaoping Du


Design optimization, multidisciplinary optimization design,
probabilistic/statistical methods, system/structural reliability,
robust design, kinematics, mechanism synthesis, and
petroleum machinery

Dr. Walter
Eversman


Noise control, acoustics, vibrations, aircraft structural
dynamics and
aeroelasticity
, systems and control.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. Kelly Homan


Fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics of energy
systems. Heat and mass transfer in buoyant flows, second
-
law and
exergy

analysis, numerical simulation of transport
phenomena and experimental methods.

Dr.
Serhat

Hosder

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Aerodynamics,
Micro/
Nano

flows, Stochastic CFD, Uncertainty and Error
Quantification in Computational Simulations,
Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Robust Design,
Numerical Methods.

Dr. Kakkattukuzhy M
Isaac


Fluid dynamics and combustion. aero
-
structure interaction
and control, intelligent aircraft, active flow control,
waveriders
,
microfluidics
, MEMS, flow and combustion in
porous media, multiphase flow, emissions from combustion
and evaporative systems, lean premixed combustion,
combustion instability, active combustion control,
atomization and sprays, particle image
velocimetry

(PIV) and
CFD applications in fluid dynamics and combustion problems


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr.
Umit

O.
Koylu


Combustion, environmental technology, turbulent flames,
laser diagnostics, flame radiation, formation and emission of
pollutants, fire safety, flame synthesis of
nanoparticles
, and
micro
-
energy systems.

Dr. K. Krishnamurthy


Advanced Manufacturing Systems; Alternative Energy;
Intelligent Control; Robotics.

Dr. Robert Landers


Manufacturing, systems, and control; modeling, analysis,
monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes; metal
cutting; laser metal deposition; freeze extrusion fabrication;
friction stir processing; electro

hydraulics; control of
tribologicial

systems; and digital control applications

Dr. Ming
Leu


Rapid prototyping, intelligent manufacturing, virtual reality,
CAD/CAM, robotics,
mechatronics
, automatic control.

Dr. Frank
Liou


CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, virtual prototyping, automatic
assembly.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr.
Gearoid

P.
MacSithigh


Finite elasticity,
viscoelasticity
, liquid crystal hydrodynamics,
solid and continuum mechanics.

Dr. Anthony
Chukwujekwu


Manufacturing including machining,
metalforming
, machine
tool dynamics, acoustic emission, sensors and signal
processing, CNC, CAD/CAM, machine tool metrology, neural
network and expert system applications; smart structures
including intelligent health monitoring and damage
assessment of composite structures; non
-
destructive
evaluation.

Dr. Henry
Pernicka


Astrodynamics
, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design,
spacecraft mission design, satellite attitude dynamics,
nonlinear analysis, dynamics and control, optimization.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. David Riggins


Fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, hypersonic
propulsion systems, computational analysis of jet mixing, flow
losses and mixing enhancement in combustors, aircraft gas
turbine ramjet propulsion systems, and scramjet performance.

Dr. Joshua
Rovey

Plasma aerospace applications, advanced space propulsion,
plasma aerodynamics and flow control, plasma
-
enhanced
combustion, applications to energy systems,
hypersonics
/re
-
entry body plasma interactions, plasma physics and rarefied
gas dynamics.

Dr. John W. Sheffield


Industries
-
of
-
the
-
Future, Industrial energy management,
energy efficiency, hydrogen energy systems, and thermal
contact conductance/resistance.


Faculty List

Faculty

Research Interest

Dr. Shun

Takai

Design theory and methodologies, design for manufacture,
lifecycle engineering, sustainable design, applications of
decision analysis and game theory in design, creativity and
innovation, customer need analysis, uncertainty modeling
for product cost, warranty cost, market share, and
competition

Dr.
Hai
-
Lung Tsai


Laser applications in manufacturing and materials processing
(welding, cutting, cladding, surface treating, brazing, rapid
prototyping, micromachining), manufacturing process and
modeling and analysis (heat/mass transfer, fluid flow, and
thermal stress analysis by finite element or finite volume
method).

Dr. Daniel S.
Stutts

Dynamics, vibrations, modeling and development of
piezoactuators

and transducers
-
mechatronics
, mechanics of
bone, design of orthopedic implants, structural dynamics,
optimal design, acoustics.