M.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering

M.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc. in MEEN) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a written thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. degree gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of MEEN and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Program Chair
Dr. Bashar El-Khasawneh
Department of Mechanical Engineering
bashar.elkhasawneh@ku.ae

The educational goals (objectives) of the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  1. Advance professionally and are recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  3.  Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

Students graduating with the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  2. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of mechanical engineering.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  4. Conduct research and document and defend the research results.
  5. Function in teams and communicate effectively.
  6. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) program consists of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses (including 3 credits of engineering mathematics courses), 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of MEEN Master’s Thesis work.  A student may (but does not have to) organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow one of four specialization tracks:

–         Aeronautical Engineering

–         Biomedical Engineering

–         Robotics and Autonomous Systems

–         Space Systems and Technology

In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript.  The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in MEEN degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in MEEN program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Concentration in Space Systems and Technology:

The concentration will be reflected on students’ diploma and in the official transcript. The objective of this program is to foster the advanced research areas in space science and technology for the development of the UAE national space program and provide the space industry with human resources and infrastructure. In addition to the course requirements listed under the Space concentration technical elective courses, students’ thesis must include challenges and scientific research opportunities in space science and technology as well as relevancy to designing, building, and testing a small satellite.

Summary of M.Sc. in MEEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Seminar in Research Methods 0
Program Electives 12
MEEN Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in MEEN must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The M.Sc. in MEEN degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 3 credits of engineering mathematics, 9 credits of MEEN core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.

I. Engineering Mathematics Course (3 credits)

Students must take:

MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics

II. MEEN Core Courses (9 credits):

Students must select at least three courses from the list below:

–  MEEN 601 Advanced Dynamics

–  MEEN 602 Advanced Vibrations

–  MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics

–  MEEN 604 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

–  MEEN 605 Advanced Continuum Mechanics

–  MEEN 606 Advanced Mechanics of Solids and Materials

–  MEEN 607 Sustainable Energy

III. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The list of electives that students can select from includes any core courses not used to meet the MEEN Core requirement above as well as those listed below.

– MEEN 610 Applied Finite Element Analysis

–  MEEN 613 Advanced Heat Transfer

– MEEN 614 Advanced Energy Conversion

– MEEN 615 Multiphase Flow Engineering

– MEEN 616 Solar Thermal Analysis, Design and Testing

– MEEN 617 Fuel Cell Systems

– MEEN 620 Measurements and Instrumentation

– MEEN 621 Feedback Control

– MEEN 622 Control System Theory and Design

– MEEN 631 Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials

– MEEN 632 Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications

– MEEN 633 Advanced Manufacturing Processes

– MEEN 677 Sustainable Energy Production and Utilization

– MEEN 689 STP in MEEG: Non-Destructive Testing

– MEEN 694 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering

– AERO/MEEN  611 Combustion Theory and Applications

– AERO/MEEN  612 Advanced Viscous Flow Analysis

– AERO 622 Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity

– AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structures

– AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis

– BMED 600 Physiological Systems

– BMED 613 Bio-signal Processing

– BMED 652 Physiological Control Systems

– ROBO 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding

– ROBO 650 Autonomous Robotic Systems

– ROBO 651 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems

– SSCC 601 Spacecraft Systems and Design

– SSCC 602 Spacecraft Systems Lab 1

– SSCC 603 Spacecraft Systems Lab 2

– SSCC 604 Spacecraft Systems Lab 3

Mechanical Engineering Master’s Thesis

MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative, research-oriented work within the broad field of MEEN, under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.

Program Tracks

A student may select a group of elective courses to form a specialization track within the M.Sc. in MEEN program. The track will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript), provided that the student completes:

– A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track.

– A master research thesis within the domain of the track.

Students who wish to take the Aeronautical Engineering track have to take 9 hours of credits of courses with the AERO rubric. Students who wish to take the Biomedical Engineering track have to take 9 hours of credits of courses with the BMED rubric. Students who wish to take the Robotics and Autonomous Systems track have to take 9 hours of credits of courses with the ROBO rubric. Students who wish to take the Space Systems and Technology concentration have to take 12 hours of credits of courses with the SSCC rubric.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in MEEN program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • MEEN Core course 1
  • MEEN Elective course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • MEEN Core course 2
  • MEEN Elective course 2
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • MEEN Core course 3
  • MEEN Elective course 3
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
  • MEEN Elective course 4
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • MEEN Core course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • MEEN Core course 2
  • MEEN Elective course 1
Year 2
  • MEEN Core course 3
  • MEEN Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis