Master of Science and PhD, Engineering Mechanics

Program Details: Engineering Mechanics

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The master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in engineering mechanics are offered within a graduate program covering contemporary areas in both theoretical and applied mechanics. With the guidance of a major professor, a program can be designed to meet an individual student’s needs and interests.

The program is broadly structured into several main areas of instruction and research interests in mechanics of materials and astronautics: continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, dynamics and vibration, fluid mechanics, nanomechanics, solid mechanics, and biomechanics. Related fields in which minor work may be done include civil and environmental engineering, chemical and biological engineering, electrical and computer engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and engineering physics, physics, geological engineering and geology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Current faculty research interests include adhesive-bonded joints; composites; failure criteria; analytical and computational solid mechanics; analytical and computational dynamics; multibody dynamics; analytical and computational active and passive space-structure control systems; dynamic stability; nonlinear fracture mechanics of traditional and advanced materials; continuum mechanics; modal analysis; nanomechanics and nanotribology; fluid-structure interaction; non-Newtonian fluid flow; structural mechanics; viscoelasticity; viscoplasticity; cell mechanics; and biomechanics.

Laboratories are well equipped for experimental testing and research; these include holography, Moire, atomic force microscopy, vibration testing, and other optical methods for experimental mechanics research. The department has access to collegewide facilities. The Wisconsin Laboratory for Structures and Materials Testing has facilities for testing large structures, fatigue and vibration labs, and complements the department’s laboratories. The Materials Science Center provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, support facilities, and expert technical assistance for research and education in materials. Its facilities include scanning and transmission electron microscopes, image processing and analysis systems, surface and thin film characterization facilities, and x-ray diffraction facilities.

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Learn everything you need to know about graduate study in engineering mechanics in our handbook, the Engineering Mechanics Graduate Guide, Fall 2016.

Degree Information

Admission Requirements

Engineering Mechanics:

In order to apply, you should do so at

You will need to submit the following:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores (unless you are one of our undergraduates)
  • Three recommendation letters

Questions about the application process can be directed to

For fall entry, applications must be received by December 31 for full consideration for funding.



Engineering Mechanics Graduate Guide, fall 2016



EM course descriptions

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Degree Plans and Checklists

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Engineering Mechanics PhD Degree Checklist


Engineering Mechanics Minor

PhD Minor

Minor in Engineering Mechanics for students outside the department