Electrical Engineering graduates help lay the foundation of modern technology, with electronic devices enabling everything from digital computers to satellite navigation.
The Master of Engineering project will receive a letter grade as other courses, but it is not just another course. It is the centerpiece of the Master of Engineering program. It requires sustained effort and time comparable to that of your most difficult courses, over a longer period of time. The work effort is close to activities in the workplace. The project report must meet the high academic standards applicable to a thesis while communicating effectively to non-specialist clients. While the faculty advisor and any client are valuable resources, the individual student or student team, not the advisor or the client, is responsible for overcoming obstacles and moving the project steadily forward.
Dr. Mirmirani received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Amir Kabir University in Tehran. He spent a year at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London as an academic visitor.
Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Dean Mirmirani was a professor and chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). At CSULA, he founded and directed the Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics and Control Lab, and was a senior principal investigator at the NASA University Research Center. He led several major research projects funded by NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NSF, and industry. Most notable among them are: modeling, simulation, and control of airbreathing hypersonic flight vehicles; design and development of a high-endurance hydrogen fuel cell-powered UAV; design and fabrication of a full-scale precision segmented reflector testbed; and development of multidisciplinary software for CFD, FEA, and control analysis for aerospace vehicles. He received the CSULA 2002-2003 University Outstanding Professor Award and the university’s 1996 Meritorious and Professional Promise Award. Dean Mirmirani is a Fellow of the ASME, and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He is a private pilot, and a member of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
Depending on the faculty advisor a formal document may or may not be required, but it is strongly recommended that you write a proposal as part of your professional education and to help you end up with good project results.
Mechanical Engineering majors may choose to participate in the Georgia Tech International Plan. Students who complete the requirements of the International Plan have the degree designation noted on their transcripts and on their diploma. The International Plan has specific requirements which must be completed including:
Since 1912, Georgia Tech has offered an Undergraduate Cooperative Program to those students who wish to combine career-related experience with classroom studies. Students alternate between industrial assignments and classroom studies until they complete three semesters of work. Co-op students with mechanical engineering majors complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by non-co-op students. Most co-op students begin the program as sophomores or juniors and are classified as full-time students regardless of whether they are attending classes on campus or are full-time at an employer's location. Co-op employment opportunities exist across the USA, and even in foreign countries. Depending on the chosen country, proficiency in a foreign language is usually necessary. Mechanical engineering students have worked in countries such as Germany, China, and Japan.
The Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a thesis based MS in Mechanical Engineering, a thesis based MS in Human Factors Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. We also offer non-thesis MS in mechanical engineering and human factors degrees that can be completed in one academic year of full time study. Both M.S. degrees (thesis-based and non-thesis) can be pursued part-time.
The School of Engineering also offers an cross-departmental, interdisciplinary that provides a broad engineering and biotechnology curriculum, while offering a focus on a specific engineering track that best fits students' interests and career choices. This combination gives our bioengineering graduates professional flexibility, a distinct competitive advantage in the ever-changing field of bioengineering. In addition, the Department of Mechanical Engineering participates in two interdisciplinary Joint-Ph.D. programs: One in and one in .
Students may enroll full-time or part-time in any Master's program. In general, the PhD program is for full time students only, and any deviation from this policy must be approved by vote of the department faculty. Tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are only available, on a competitive basis, to full-time PhD candidates.
Upon matriculation, graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor who provides advice about registration for courses and program requirements. For PhD and thesis-based MS students, as progress is made on the degree, suitable thesis topics are discussed between the student and department faculty members. The selection of a thesis (thesis-based MS, PhD) advisor should be completed by the end of the second term of full-time study. This advisor then assumes all advising duties for the student. After selecting a thesis topic and an advisor, students in the thesis-based MS and PhD programs must register for thesis credit, normally beginning in the third term of full-time study. For the PhD, a thesis prospectus describing the proposed project must be submitted by the end of the third term, and before the formal thesis proposal defense (see respective program descriptions for more detail).
The interaction between the graduate student and a faculty member is one of the most significant aspects of a graduate student's time at Tufts. Thesis-based MS and PhD students also have a thesis committee that works with the thesis advisor to ensure success. PhD students must successfully complete the PhD qualifying exams before the end of the first year in the program, prior to initiating their research. All candidates for the thesis-based MS and PhD. degrees must defend their thesis in an oral examination in an open forum. Non-thesis based MS candidates who conduct an engineering project must present a poster in an open forum of their project work upon its completion.
All Mechanical Engineering graduate students should also obtain a copy of the current Graduate Student Handbook under the Student Service link in the and the for general University requirements and deadlines. In addition, all courses and descriptions can be found on SIS. All graduate students receive an email account and shared mailbox space in the Mechanical Engineering Main Office.
Students are responsible for checking their mailbox and email regularly, as well as the Department website to remain up-to-date on department and university matters, and for informing the department of any changes of local address or phone number.
For further information, please contact:
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Chair of Graduate Committee
Participants in the BS/MS Program in the Woodruff School can obtain a master's degree in mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, medical physics, or in Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary bioengineering graduate program. There are two options to consider:
The program option in mechanical engineering offers the Master of Science in Engineering with specialization within the general mechanical engineering disciplines. Specializations are available in the areas of mechanical analysis/design and fluid thermal systems. The thesis and non-thesis plans are for students who seek to deepen their theoretical knowledge and strengthen their ability to solve more advanced engineering problems, while the management plan is for those who wish to include managerial training in their program of preparation.