Candidates for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering must complete a total of eight course credits, including seven graduate-level courses and a graduate thesis credit. Of these seven courses, one must be a graduate-level advanced mathematics course (ENGR 695 or equivalent) taken in the first semester; five must be 600-level courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and one may be a graduate-level course from another engineering department, a math or science course approved by the student’s adviser, or an approved graduate-level independent study course that is not related to the thesis research.
The master’s thesis is regarded as both an educational experience for the candidate and a contribution to public knowledge. The requirement of a 1.0 course credit for a written thesis in the mechanical engineering department may be satisfied by one of the following:
- An experimental or theoretical research project.
- An exercise utilizing novel approaches to solve a practical engineering problem.
Before registering for a thesis credit, the student must defend a thesis proposal. A final oral examination must be passed at least two weeks before the degree is to be conferred. While not a requirement for graduation, the submission of a peer-reviewed journal article stemming from thesis research is strongly encouraged.
Applications are to be submitted to Bucknell University’s Office of Graduate Studies. The applicant’s personal statement should include mention of up to three research areas of interest (from the list below) and a description of why the applicant would like to pursue an advanced degree in the selected area(s).
Faculty perform applied, computational, experimental and theoretical research in the following broad areas:
- Aerospace and advanced fluid dynamics.
- Alternative energy, biofuel combustion and energy conversion.
- Biomechanics and mechanobiology.
- Computational modeling.
- Computer-aided engineering and design.
- Dynamics, automation, control and robotics.
- Machine learning.
- Materials processing and process optimization.
- Mechanics/behavior of materials.
A wide range of equipment and facilities are available for graduate research, including:
- A fully staffed project development laboratory and machine shop.
- Hybrid powertrain laboratory.
- Tissue mechanics and mechanobiology laboratory.
- Computer‐aided engineering and design equipment.
- Computational software.
- Fracture mechanics instrumentation.
- Combustion laboratory, materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation laboratory.
- Heat and energy transfer facilities.
- Robotics and design laboratory.
- Wind tunnel facilities.