Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ohio Board of Regents Doctoral Program Statements

Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctoral Program in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to provide students with a broad and exceptional education that prepares them to excel in their professions and to become creative leaders and mentors in an increasingly complex world.  Specifically, the program provides a rich and dynamic research-intensive environment for students to augment and apply their knowledge, to develop advanced professional skills, and to make unique scholarly contributions to the fields.  This commitment to excellence, scholarship and professional development is the hallmark of our doctoral program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Manner in which the Program Addresses Needs of the State or Region

For decades, the mechanical and aerospace industries have been the backbone to the economic development and stability of the State of Ohio.  Over the years, the graduates of our PhD programs have contributed immensely to this effort, and are found in leadership positions in several corporations, educational institutions, government facilities and professional societies in the State.  These include NASA Glenn Research Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Laboratory, the Ohio Aerospace Institute, GE Aviation, Parker Hannifin, Goodrich, Timken, Eaton Corporation, Battelle, Analex, Bridgestone, the Great Lakes Energy Institute, NorTech, and various universities in the State, including Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, the University of Akron.

The need and importance of the graduates of our PhD program to the State is especially true today as our nation re-tools its industry to support new and emerging technologies in the interdisciplinary areas of human health and medicine, energy, and climate change.  The mission of our PhD program demands that we continue to prepare our graduates to anticipate these unique challenges and contribute to their solutions. It is expected that our graduates will provide leadership in these areas to the State by providing highly accomplished future researchers and academicians to serve in government research organizations, academic institutions and the private industry in these areas.

Admission standards

Applicants are expected to have their undergraduate or M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering or related areas from a recognized university. The GRE is a departmental requirement. Guidelines for scoring are as follows: Verbal 520+, Quantitative 740+, and Analytical 3.5+. In addition, their undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or better (out of 4.0) or equivalent. Foreign students needing to take the TOEFL exam should achieve a score of at least 213 electronic, 550 written, or 80 on the internet based test. All foreign applicants must take the TOEFL unless they received a higher education degree from a U.S. university or a Canadian university. 

Placement Objectives for Students

To place all our students in professional careers with industry, government agencies, the academy, or in forming new companies through entrepreneurial activities.