The doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering with emphases in energy, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing.
The program will provide a broad-based, integrative education for doctoral students, including design thinking for complex engineered systems, research training in a creative knowledge environment, and research training in a national laboratory or industry setting.

The program's long-term vision is to create a new generation of doctoral graduates to lead industry innovation, to create new technology businesses, and to bring jobs to the economically disadvantaged southwest border region as well as to our state and nation. The program will complement Texas's conventional Mechanical Engineering doctoral programs, which focus on developing future educators. Instead, UTEP's program will focus on training future technology leaders for industry, which will strengthen the innovation ecosystem for regional, state, and national economic growth. Students in the program, trained in technology entrepreneurship and leadership, will partner with industry to create new jobs.

Each student must complete at least 84 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, of which at least 54 hours is coursework. Overall, the coursework requirements are flexible, so that the program may meet the changing needs of its stakeholders and students. In addition to conventional graduate classes in mechanical engineering, the program provides students with diverse perspectives by offering novel classes with content in technology entrepreneurship, leadership, and applied research project management.

Through integration into the program's doctoral curriculum, the UTEP energy, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing research programs will train the next generation of Mechanical Engineers with unique design skills and capabilities. Graduates' expertise in advanced technologies aligned with national interests will help the U.S. meet the demand for highly skilled Mechanical Engineering professionals and ensure a Mechanical Engineering workforce representative of the nation's 21st century demographics.

The design of the doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering reflects the department's vision, mission, and educational objectives, particularly in emphasizing both technical excellence in the discipline and broader skills that promote student success in industry.

Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates excel as engineers with solid technical skills, strength in design, and an ability to work with complex engineering systems.
  • Our graduates recognize the importance of and participate in continuous learning activities to advance their careers, personal interests and life goals.
  • Our graduates become industrial and civic leaders and demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit.

The program will require a total of 84 credit hours beyond the M.S. degree in the following categories:

  • 3 credit hours required courses (Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers)
  • 33 credit hours of mechanical engineering elective courses
  •  18 credit hours of elective courses
  •  24 credit hours of doctoral research
  •  6 credit hours of dissertation

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 84

Required Courses
MECH 6399Dissertation II3
MECH 6398Dissertation I3
MECH 6396Doctoral Research3
MECH 5301Mathl Methods for Mech Eng3
Prescribed Elective Courses
MECH 6306Princ of Experiment & Eng Dev3
MECH 6307Eng Regulation and Policy3
MECH 6308Prod Dev in Entrepren Ventures3
MECH 5302Solid Mechanics I3
MECH 5303Heat Transfer I3
MECH 5304Heat Transfer II3
MECH 5305Comp. Fluid Dynamics3
MECH 5306Fluid Dynamics3
MECH 5310Thermodynamics3
MECH 5311Adv Finite Element Analysis3
MECH 5312Solid Mechanics II3
MECH 5313Mech of Composite Materials3
MECH 5318Analytical Dynamics3
MECH 5334Space Systems Design3
MECH 5335Aerospace Propulsion3
MECH 5336Aerospace Structures3
MECH 5337Aero Dynamics and Controls3
MECH 5390Special Topics Mechanical Engr3
MECH 5396Graduate Projects3
MECH 5391Individual Studies3
MECH 5397Graduate Projects3
Free Elective Course
ESE 6301Environmental Law and Policy3
ESE 6303Transport/Treat/Contaminants3
ESE 6306Prin Experimental & Eng Design3
ESE 6307Interdisciplin Envir Prob Solv3
ESE 6312Enrgy Policy Anal & Econ Model3
ESE 6314Energy Systems Engineering3
ESE 6316Sustainable Energy3
ESE 6318Energy Use & Climate Change3
ESE 6320Adv Topics in Energy Engr3
MECH 6323Micromechanics3
MECH 6343Advanced Manufacturing(3DPrin)3
MECH 6363Turbomachinery3
MECH 6364Turbulence I3
CE 5304Adv Design of Struct Systms3
CE 5305Advanced Structural Analysis3
CE 5307Finite Element Method (3-0)3
CE 5320Advanced Geotechnical Eng.3
CE 5325Design for Dynamic Loads3
CE 5329Air Pollution Modeling3
CE 5333Plates and Shells3
CE 5409Environmental Eng Chemistry4
IE 5351Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth3
IE 5352Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt3
IE 5357Computer Simulation Appli3
IE 5385Advanced Quality Control3
IE 5387Quality Engineering3
IE 5390Special Topics Industrial Engr3
MASE 5340Advanced Failure Analysis3
MASE 5344Interfacial Phenomena-Mat Syst3
MECH 5328Fracture Mechanics3
MFG 5390Special Topics3
MFG 5311Design for Manufacturability3
MFG 5312Strategic Design-Mfg Processes3
MFG 5320Tooling Engineering3
MFG 5321Modeling/Analysis-Mfg Process3
MFG 5350Reliability & Maintainability3
MFG 5359Computer-Aided Manufacturing3
MME 5304Phase Transformations & Micros3
MME 5308Mechanical Behavior of Matrls3
MME 5401Microstruc & Microchem Charac4
MME 5403Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr4