Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Certificates in Mechanical Engineering

The following graduate certificates are offered in Mechanical Engineering:

Apply for a graduate certificate.

Design & Manufacturing Engineering

Contact: Sammy Shina, Ph.D.

This 12 credit certificate program is aimed at educating engineers in modern design and manufacturing practices for developing world class products at the highest customer satisfaction and quality, at lowest cost and within engineering project budgets and schedules. It has a strong practice oriented curriculum and is taught by experienced faculty drawn from both academia and senior engineers and managers of high technology companies.

Required Course (one 3-credit course):

  • 22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • 22.576 Engineering Project Management

Choose Three of the Following Courses (three 3-credit courses):

  • 22.571 Collaborative Engineering and Quality
  • 22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • 22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • 22.576 Engineering Project Management
  • 22.579 Robotics
  • 10.523 Electronic Material Processes
  • 10.524 Self Assembly and Nanotechnology
  • 26.518 Plastics Product Design
  • 26.553 Medical Device Design I

Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques

Contact persons:

Peter Avitabile

Christopher Niezrecki

This certificate is aimed at educating engineers in very critically needed techniques for modeling structural dynamic applications. In all undergraduate curriculums accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, the materials presented bring the student to a firm comprehension and understanding of static design configurations but does not go beyond this point to address the practical reality of structural dynamic response for meaningful design configurations. Therefore, many new or practicing engineers are not prepared to address these types of problems. These suite of courses in this certificate provides materials that has strong, practical relevance and provides tools and techniques to address these structural dynamic applications. Both hands-on and product oriented practice will be emphasized.

A total of four courses (12 credits) are required for the certificate with one required course (which must be either 22.550 Advanced Vibrations or 22.515 Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques).

The courses in this certificate are:

  • 22.510 Dynamics and Diagnostics of Rotating Machinery
  • 22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
  • 22.515 Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques
  • 22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis
  • 22.517 Structural Dynamics
  • 22.518 Signal Processing
  • 22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • 22.550 Advanced Vibrations
  • 22.603 Special Topics in Structural Dynamics and Modal Analysis
  • 22.611 Matrix Methods

MEMS/NEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems/Nanoelectromechanical Systems)

Contact persons:

Hongwei Sun

This 12-credit certificate program provides an interdisciplinary education and training for engineers who will work in the fast growing MEMS/NEMS industry with microsystems design methods, advanced microfabrication, packaging and assembly techniques, VLSI circuits design and fabrication, nanoelectronics, nano-assembly and integration, material processing. Both hands-on and product oriented practice are emphasized.

Choose four courses with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1

  • 22.557 Microsystem Design
  • 22.553 MEMS & Microsystems

Group 2

  • 16.710 Special Topics in Nanoelectronics
  • 10.524 Self Assembly and Nanotechnology

Group 3

  • 10.523 Electronic Material Process
  • 16.502 VLSI Design
  • 16.504 VLSI Fabrication

Composites and Materials

Contact persons:

Alireza Amirkhizi

Christopher Hansen

Emmanuelle Reynaud

James Sherwood

This certificate is aimed at educating engineers in the design, manufacture and structural analysis of composite materials. The use of composite materials is growing in the transportation, defense and recreational industries, and thus there is a need for engineers with expertise in composite materials. The design of composites is explained through classical laminate theory and micro- and mesomechanics. Various methods such as resin-transfer molding, compression molding, are discussed. Structural analysis of composites is presented using classical laminate theory and finite element methods with applications in the determination of structural stiffness, ultimate failure, fracture and fatigue. Both hands-on and product oriented practice will be emphasized.

Choose any four courses from the following list with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1

  • 22.562 Solid Mechanics
  • 22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Group 2

  • 22.596 Composite Materials
  • 22.597 Processing of Composites

Group 3

  • 22.514 Finite Element Analysis of Composites
  • 22.569 Fracture Mechanics
  • 22.570 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Material processing course from Plastics Engineering with permission of certificate coordinators

Renewable Energy Engineering

Contact person:

Robert Parkin

This 12 credit certificate provides engineers and scientists with a rigorous but practical grounding in the fundamentals of renewable energy systems for design, research, development and manufacture. The certificate is part of a long-standing interdisciplinary graduate degree program in renewable energy engineering with experienced faculty. The courses address topics ranging from green building technologies (basic insulation and efficiency, passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting, solar hot water) to photovoltaic and wind systems, solar electrolyzers and fuel cells to stochastic process modeling of irradiation.

Choose any four classes from the following list with at least one of the four being 22.521 Solar Fundamentals or 22.527 Solar Energy Engineering. Other suitable courses may used for the certificate with the permission of the coordinator.

  • 16.528 Alternative Energy Systems
  • 22.504 Energy Systems Design Workshop
  • 22.509 Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • 22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Engineering
  • 22.525 Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems
  • 22.526 Transfer Processes in Energy Systems
  • 22.527 Solar Energy Engineering
  • 22.528 Photovoltaic Manufacturing
  • 22.534 Green Combustion and Bio-Fuels
  • 26.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • 95.577 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices

Other suitable courses may be used as electives for the certificate with prior permission of the coordinator.

Integrated Engineering Systems

Applied Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering departments

Contact persons:

Craig Armiento

As companies increasingly undertake engineering projects that bring together a wide range of disciplines for manufacturing an integrated product, it is often necessary to assemble teams of experts in these various disciplines, and prepare managers who have a fundamental, overall understanding of several different engineering areas. The certificate is designed to respond to the need for trained professionals who are responsible for managing complex engineering systems integrating algorithms, information, software and hardware. Completion of certificate courses in areas complementary to the individual's specific training will serve as an important starting point for engineering managers (and prospective managers) who need to solve complex interdisciplinary problems at the interfaces of electrical, computer, mechanical, materials engineering, and computer science and applied physics.

The program consists of six clusters:

  1. Applied Physics
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. Computer Science
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Materials Engineering
  6. Mechanical Engineering

Within each cluster, there are a number of carefully selected courses ranging from introductory graduate level to more advanced, specialized electives.

Students must successfully complete four courses (12 credits), one or two of which may be taken in their area of expertise. The remaining courses must be taken in separate and different cluster areas. Courses are selected in consultation with one (or more) graduate program coordinators to best meet the student's needs in terms of background, interests, and work requirements. It may be necessary for students to take prerequisite course(s) if they do not have appropriate backgrounds for a particular cluster course.



  • 95.553 Electromagnetism I
  • 95.554 Electromagnetism II
  • 95.540 Image Processing (4 credits)
  • 95.578 Integrated Optics: Wave Guide and Lasers
  • 95.535 Introduction of Quantum Mechanics I
  • 95.547 Laser Physics and Applications
  • 95.538 Physical Optics and Waves
  • 95.577 Solid State Electronic and Opto-Electronic Devices
  • 95.521 Statistical Thermodynamics


  • 16.550 Advanced Digital System Design
  • 16.561 Computer Architecture Design
  • 16.581 Computer Vision and Digital Image Processing
  • 16.510 Digital Signal Processing
  • 16.572 Embedded Real-Time Systems
  • 16.575 FPGA Logic Design Techniques
  • 16.552 Microprocessors Systems II and Embedded Systems
  • 16.582 Network Design: Principles, Protocols, and Applications
  • 16.573 Operating Systems and Kernel Design for Computer Engineers
  • 16.521 Real Time DSP
  • 16.502 VLSI Design
  • 16.504 VLSI Fabrication


  • 91.561 Computer Security I
  • 91.562 Computer Security II
  • 91.563 Data Communications I
  • 91.564 Data Communications II
  • 91.549 Mobile Robots
  • 91.515 Operating Systems I
  • 91.516 Operating Systems II
  • 91.548 Robot Design
  • 91.523 Software Engineering I
  • 91.524 Software Engineering II


  • 16.528 Alternative Energy Sources
  • 16.506 Antenna Theory and Design
  • 16.532 Computational Electromagnetics
  • 16.513 Control Systems
  • 16.529 Electric Vehicle Technology
  • 16.507 Electromagnetic Waves and Materials
  • 16.512 Electronic Materials
  • 16.519 Engineering of Submicron Machines
  • 16.590 Fiber Optic Communications and Networks
  • 16.543 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • 16.509 Linear System Analysis
  • 16.505 Microwave Electronics
  • 16.533 Microwave Engineering
  • 16.515 Power Electronics
  • 16.584 Probability and Random Processes
  • 16.571 Radar Systems
  • 16.517 MMIC Design and Fabrication


  • 26.544 Advanced Plastics Materials
  • 10.506 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
  • 10.507 Material Science and Engineering
  • 26.503 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • 10.523 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials
  • 10.527 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering
  • 10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
  • 26.518 Plastics Product Design


  • 22.512 Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • 22.571 Concurrent Engineering and Quality
  • 22.523 Cooling of Electronic Equipment
  • 22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • 22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis
  • 22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • 22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • 22.573 Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • 22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • 22.515 Modal Analysis- Theoretical Methods
  • 22.579 Robotics
  • 22.562 Solid Mechanics
  • 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering
  • 22.550 Vibrations


Civil & Environmental, Mechanical, Plastics Engineering departments

Contact persons:

Jackie Zhang

The program will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of nanotechnology and is intended to respond to the increasing demand for trained professionals in nanoscience and technology. The certificate is designed for students with a background in chemistry, physics, biology, or any branch of engineering who want nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing workforce preparation. Students may focus on a concentration area based on their interests and background. Courses in each concentration area are carefully designed to provide both analytical and practical competence. Students may take any combination from the electives list.

Core Course: (required)

  • 25.550 Introduction to Nanotechnology

Core Courses: (Choose one)

  • 10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
  • 84.510 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials
  • 84.525 Analysis of Advanced Materials

Elective Courses: (choose two courses)


  • 10.506/527 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
  • 22.578 Advanced Materials
  • 26.513 New Plastics Materials
  • 26.598 Smart Polymers


  • 10.523 Electronic Materials Processing
  • 10.524 Self-assembly and Nanotechnology
  • 10.535 Cell & Microbe Cultivation
  • 10.545 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products
  • 16.504 VLSI Fabrication
  • 25.551 Nanomanufacturing I
  • 25.526 Nanoscale Plastics Processing
  • 26.502 New Plastics Processing Techniques

Design and Devices

  • 16.502 VSLI Design
  • 16.512 Electronic Materials
  • 16.508 Quantum Electronics for Engineers

Health and Environmental Impacts

  • 19.503 Toxicology and Health
  • 19.514 Aerosol Science
  • 19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics 19.557 Toxic Use Reduction
  • 19.610 Exposure Assessment
  • 19.617 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants