Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

About the Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering is an interdisciplinary doctoral program offered on a collegiate basis. Students in the interdisciplinary doctoral program have access to all the academic resources available in the College of Engineering rather than to just those within a department; however, students must identify a primary discipline upon application to the doctoral program.

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers graduate-level instruction and research opportunities in Dynamics, Vibrations and Controls, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer and Energy Systems, Materials and Manufacture, Solid Mechanics, and Systems Engineering. However, students are encouraged to devise a plan of study that fits their interests, regardless of how it cuts across these topics. The Plan of Study must have at least 42 course credits at the 600 and 700 level. The minimum total credit hour for the doctoral program is 96 (42 course credits; 54 research and dissertation credits).

Salary and Career Outlook

Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of mechanical engineers to increase 5% between 2012 and 2022. Mechanical engineers who hold doctoral degrees can also teach at colleges and universities. The BLS projected that employment of all postsecondary teachers will increase 19% during the 2012-2022 decade.

Most of our recent PhDs are employed as Research and Design engineers and their salaries are in the range of $80k - $110k.

Why Akron?

Our PhD program is an interdisciplinary doctoral program, which makes it distinctive from concentrated Mechanical Engineering PhD programs.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is the largest department in the College of Engineering. The department’s faculty consists of 29 nationally and internationally known experts in the field of mechanical engineering, who not only conduct world-class research but also take teaching and advising seriously to provide each of our students the greatest opportunity to succeed.

Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Xiaosheng Gao

                                                            Auburn Science and Engineering Center,

                                                            Room 110E


                                                            (330) 972-2415          

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664