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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Overview

The PhD is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and research competence in the fields of mechanical engineering. To earn a PhD, a student must complete an approved, rigorous program of advanced course work and submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) expects all successful doctoral candidates to show depth of knowledge and research innovation in their chosen field of specialization.

The MIE department admits applicants to the PhD program either directly after earning a suitable bachelor’s degree (i.e., direct entry) or after earning a suitable master’s degree (i.e., advanced entry).

Innovative Curriculum

All course work must have the approval of the academic advisor. All PhD students must first pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examinations before being admitted to Doctoral Candidacy.

The PhD programs’ student learning outcomes are:

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to formulate a research plan.
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research, including cooperative education and internships, to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Students also have the option to participate in an internship or the university’s Experiential PhD program.

Program Contacts


Marilyn L. Minus
Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Research,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Interim Director,  Energy Systems Program

Process-structure-properties relationships in polymer-based nano-composites fibers; polymer/nano-carbon interfacial interactions and interphase formations; lightweight composite materials; carbon-carbon composites

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the student services representative assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review degree requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to fund your education. Finally, review admissions information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.

Recent News

Jin Wins Best Paper Award at MSEC 2019

MIE Assistant Professor Xiaoning “Sarah” Jin and PhD student Anqi He’21 received the Best Paper Award (1st Place) at the ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) 2019.

COE PhD Research Expo Winners

Congratulations to Miead Tehrani-Moayyed, Souroush Kamrava, and Chi Qiao for winning the COE PhD Research Expo poster competition held during this year’s National Engineers Week.

Reshaping the Future of Engineering

MIE Assistant Professor Samuel Felton is using the principles of origami to quickly reshape engineering items such as antennae arrays to maximize their scanning areas. Give these researchers a second—they’re reshaping the future of engineering Folding a paper crane is a slow, methodical process. So is unfolding an array of solar panels in space. But […]

man works with 3D printer with origami shapes

Designing Metamaterials with Origami Shapes

Mechanical engineering PhD student Soroush Kamrava is researching ways to incorporate origami ideas with metamaterials to create objects that can collapse, absorb energy, and then spring back into place.