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1 MMAE Guide to Graduate Studies Illinois Institute of Technology August 25, 2017

2 Contents 1 Introduction MMAE Graduate Programs General Operating Procedures Advising Procedures Registration Procedures Plan of Study Changes in Degree Program Departmental Financial Assistance Policy MMAE Seminar Academic Probation Repeating a Course Leave of Absence Non-Degree Seeking Status Delayed Graduation Masters Students (MS and ME) Degree Requirements Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Manufacturing Engineering (MFG) Master of Science Programs (MS) Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with E 3 Specialization Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering with E 3 Specialization Master of Engineering Programs (ME) Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with E 3 Specialization

3 2.3.3 Master of Manufacturing Engineering Master of Materials Science and Engineering Master of Materials Science and Engineering with E 3 Specialization Completion of Studies and Graduation MS Students ME Students Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Requirements Degree Requirements for the PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Degree Requirements for the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering PhD Qualifying Exam MAE Exam MSE Exam Thesis Research and PhD Examinations PhD Advisory Committee PhD Comprehensive Exam PhD Thesis Review and Defense Examination MMAE Courses Engineering Analysis Courses Courses Listed by Major Area Fluid Dynamics Thermal Sciences Solids and Structures Dynamics and Control Design and Manufacturing Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Course Schedule and Frequencies Course Descriptions Engineering Analysis Fluid Dynamics Thermal Sciences Solids and Structures Dynamics and Controls Design and Manufacturing Materials Science and Engineering Research, Seminar, Special Topics and Project Courses Accelerated Courses

4 Chapter 1 Introduction This guide serves as a supplement to the IIT Graduate Bulletin 1 and as a checklist for graduate students with regard to the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) Department s procedural requirements and deadlines. Deadlines are established by the Graduate College, and are also listed on the Graduate Academic Affairs website. All Graduate College forms referenced in these guidelines are available for download. The Graduate Student Handbook is another university publication that discusses the university s academic policies for graduate students and answers students most frequently asked questions. It is the student s responsibility, with guidance from his/her adviser, to follow the procedures and meet the specified deadlines. These deadlines are not flexible and failure to meet them will result in postponement of the student s graduation. For your reference, this guide is available on the MMAE departmental web site. Contacts: Chair: Graduate Studies Committee Chair: Department Coordinator: Prof. Sumanta Acharya Prof. Sudhakar Nair Ms. Jessica Nicholson The MMAE faculty has the ultimate responsibility for the comprehensive departmental program. The Chairman of the Department, in consultation with the faculty, appoints faculty members to serve on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC). The GSC approves all ordinary procedural matters, which include student programs of study and appointments of committees to evaluate student examinations. When extraordinary changes in degree programs or in departmental policies are warranted, the GSC will make recommendations to the faculty for discussion and approval. The Graduate Studies Committee Chair leads the Committee and handles the day-to-day obligations of the graduate studies program, including graduate admissions and new student advising. 1 Blue text in the electronic version of this PDF document provides links to the specified resources or information within this document or on the IIT or MMAE web sites. 3

5 1.1 MMAE Graduate Programs The MMAE Department offers graduate programs in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and Manufacturing Engineering (MFG). The degrees that the department offers are summarized below. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MSMAE) Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MEMAE) Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (PhD- MAE) Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE) Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MEMSE) Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering (PhDMSE) Manufacturing Engineering (MFG) Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MSMFG) Master of Manufacturing Engineering (MEMFG) For information on co-terminal bachelors and masters degree programs, see the Co-Terminal Degrees website 1.2 General Operating Procedures Advising Procedures All new graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission who will assist in the selection of courses. MS and PhD students are encouraged to find a permanent thesis advisor as soon as possible. To change permanent advisers, a student needs to complete the online Change of Adviser form. All students are required to submit a Plan of Study via Graduate DegreeWorks before the beginning of the second semester for full-time students or before enrollment beyond 9 credit hours for part-time students. All graduate students are advised to update their mailing addresses, addresses, and/or telephone numbers on myiit so that IIT has accurate contact information. Students should consult with their advisers as early as possible in order to plan their courses. Students registering for any of the following courses require an online registration override from their adviser prior to registering: 4

6 MMAE 591 Research and Thesis for MS Degree 2 MMAE 594 Project for Masters of Engineering Degree 3 MMAE 691 Research and Thesis for PhD Degree Students registering for MMAE 597 Special Topics must obtain an online registration override from the corresponding instructor prior to registering Registration Procedures The schedule of classes for each semester is available on the myiit portal, where students can also register for classes. After having the course selection approved by the student s advisor and obtaining a term-specific Alternate PIN from the portal (or advisor), students complete the online registration process. Other holds may be placed on student accounts by various departments such as the Graduate College and the Student Accounting Office. For example, students who have not submitted a Plan of Study prior to completing nine credit hours, or those who owe tuition or fees, will have their registration withheld until such matters have been settled. Students are encouraged to check their accounts for holds prior to registering in order to clear them in a timely fashion. Continuing full-time students may register in advance in April (for fall semester) and November (for spring semester). A graduate student is considered full-time in a given semester if he/she has enrolled for at least 9 credit hours (6 for students holding a fellowship or teaching/research assistantship). All students who do not meet the above criteria are considered part time. International students must maintain fulltime status in each semester (excluding summers) during their studies at IIT. Under a limited set of circumstances, this requirement can be waived. To do so, the international student must fill out the Less than Full-Time Enrollment Eligibility Form with their advisor and submit it to the International Center. For example, it is possible for an international student to be part time in the semester in which they will complete the degree program. Graduate students receiving financial assistance from the department in the form of a research or teaching assistantship are required to be registered for their courses before their payment paperwork can be processed Plan of Study Students are required to select courses with guidance from their adviser and submit an electronic Plan of Study through Graduate DegreeWorks before the beginning of the second semester for full-time masters students or before completing nine credit hours for part-time masters students. PhD students who have earned a masters degree must file a Plan of Study before beginning the second semester, or before completing nine credit hours. Doctoral students without a 2 Master of Science students - MSMAE, MSMSE or MSMFG 3 Master of Engineering students - MEMAE, MEMSE or MEMFG 5

7 masters degree must file an approved Plan of Study before completing 27 credit hours in the PhD program. The Plan of Study form, once approved by the adviser, also requires approval of the MMAE Department and the Graduate College. Students should allow sufficient time for approval. Note the following when devising a Plan of Study for all degree programs: All full-time students must register each semester for the department seminar, MMAE 593. See section Degree-seeking students may take up to six credit hours of accelerated (700-level) courses. Non-MMAE courses may be taken as elective courses with adviser and departmental approval. This may include no more than three credit hours from the School of Applied Technology, the Stuart School of Business, or ENGR courses from Armour College. Up to nine credit hours of transfer credit from other institutions is permitted if a grade of B, or better, is obtained and the courses were not taken to meet the requirements of another completed degree. All transfer courses must be approved via written notification by the current instructor of the subject course. This will typically require review of the course description, syllabus, and any other materials requested by the instructor for transfer approval. Mechanical and Aerospace engineering students cannot transfer MMAE 501, MMAE 502, or the core course in their major area. Core courses in areas other than their major area can be transferred. Transfer courses are included in the appropriate section of the Plan of Study. (Note that this does not apply to PhD students who have obtained their MS at another institution. In such cases, the entire M.S degree is applied toward the PhD degree requirements, and specific courses are not transferred). A maximum of nine credit hours of non-core courses can be taken at the 400 level in the MAE program provided that the courses were not taken to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. A maximum of twelve credit hours at the 400 level can be taken in the MSE program provided that the courses were not taken to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements Changes in Degree Program Students who have been admitted to a MS or PhD program within the MMAE Department who wish to switch to the ME (or MS in the case of PhD) program within the department must follow the following procedure: 1. Discuss the reasons for the change with the student s current advisor and obtain their endorsement. 6

8 2. Meet with the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee to discuss the specifics of the change. For example, it is possible that not all courses taken toward the previous degree may be applied to meet requirements in the new degree. 3. Fill out a new Plan of Study indicating the new degree and reflecting the courses that have been taken and will be taken to meet the degree requirements. Note that no more than four credit hours of MMAE 591 may be applied toward the 30 credit hour requirement for the ME degree. No more than four credit hours of MMAE 691 can be applied toward the MS degree. Upon approval by the MMAE Department and the Graduate College, the new Plan of Study will supersede the student s previous program of study, and the student will be officially enrolled in the new degree program. Note that the above procedure only applies to students changing programs within the MMAE Department. Changing programs between departments requires submission of a new application Departmental Financial Assistance Policy The Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Department has a limited number of teaching assistantships available to graduate students in the department who show high potential for success in the programs and have the necessary teaching skills. Applications are sought near the end of each semester for the following term. The Department Chair, in consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, awards these assistantships to the most qualified students for a certain period of time during their degree programs. In order to make these awards to as many deserving students as possible, teaching assistantships are awarded for a maximum number of semesters as follows: MS students: 2 semesters PhD students: 4 semesters Master of Engineering (ME) students are not eligible for teaching assistantships. The availability of these assistantships is dependent upon funding and the needs of the department. Students are encouraged to pursue a research assistantship as early as possible in their program. Research assistantships are available to full-time Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree students and are awarded by individual faculty members. The IIT Office of Financial Aid offers financial assistance to graduate students in the form of work opportunities and loans. Please consult their website for further information MMAE Seminar All full-time MMAE students must register for the Department Seminar Series MMAE 593 every semester. The seminar is a no fee, no credit class, but registra- 7

9 tion and attendance is mandatory. The seminar is a pass/fail class and will be graded on attendance. A student will receive a passing grade if he/she attends a minimum of 80 percent of the seminars offered in that semester. Students must register for the seminar every semester they are full-time graduate students. They must pass the seminar I x times in the following formula x = (n + 1)/2, where I is an integer and n is the number of semesters a student is enrolled as a full-time graduate student. For example, a typical masters student is enrolled full-time four semesters and would need to pass the seminar (4 + 1)/2, or 3 times. Please note that this is a departmental graduation requirement Academic Probation A graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation for the following semester. If on probation, the student must meet with the Graduate College, Office of Academic Affairs, to fill out Form G702, Academic Probation Contract, before registering for classes. This form must also be signed by the student s advisor. Students on academic probation must not receive any grade below a B while their overall GPA is below 3.0. If a student s GPA in his or her approved program of study is below 3.0, then graduate courses may be added to the program until the corresponding GPA is at least Repeating a Course Students may repeat up to two distinct courses, with each course being repeated once. Both grades will be recorded on the student s transcript, and the grade used in the calculation of the GPA will be the latest recorded Leave of Absence Admitted degree seeking students are expected to maintain continued registration (excluding summer semesters) until graduation unless they are granted a leave of absence from the Graduate College. For this purpose, use Request for University Withdrawal or Leave of Absence. A student who withdraws without permission, or who lets a granted leave of absence expire, must apply to the department for readmission. If less than three years has lapsed since the student registered, readmission normally requires a letter of endorsement from the student s adviser to the Graduate College. For absences of three years or more, a new application and supporting documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) are required Non-Degree Seeking Status A student who has not obtained admission to a degree program may seek to register as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking graduate students 8

10 must complete an application form and submit an official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work to the Graduate Admissions Office. The minimum requirements for permission to register, set by the Graduate College, are a bachelor s degree from an accredited institution and a GPA of a minimum of 2.5/4.0 or equivalent. Foreign students with F-1 visas issued at the request of IIT may not be enrolled as non-degree seeking graduate students. A non-degree seeking graduate student must complete a minimum of six credit hours of eligible course work (maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better) before submitting an application to become a regular graduate student in a degree program. Note that maintaining the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission to the MMAE Department s graduate program. No more than nine credit hours of course work taken as a non-degree seeking graduate student may be applied towards the student s program of study for the degree Delayed Graduation Students who do not complete the graduation requirements in the semester in which they have applied for graduation must do the following in the subsequent semester in addition to completing the missing requirements: Submit a new Graduation Application, Form G527 (the fee is waived). AND Register for one credit hour of GCS 600, Graduate Continuation of Studies, if all course hours and research is complete and the thesis defense is approved, but other degree requirements are incomplete such as thesis examiner document approval. Tuition for GCS 600 is at a reduced rate and does NOT force student to full-time status; therefore, this option is not available to international students. OR Register for MMAE 591 or 691 for a minimum of one credit hour at the usual tuition rate. This does force student to full-time status. 9

11 Chapter 2 Masters Students (MS and ME) 2.1 Degree Requirements Students with bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, aerospace engineering, or other related fields are eligible to apply for masters degrees in the MMAE department. Once admitted, the student s advisor will help the student formulate a program of study that includes 30 credit hours for the non-thesis Master of Engineering (ME) degrees or 32 credit hours for the Master of Science (MS) degrees, which include research and a thesis. The Master of Engineering degrees are course-only programs that may include a project. The Master of Science degrees require 6 8 credit hours of MMAE 591, Thesis and Research for MS Degree, which is included in the total of 32 required credit hours. The MS degrees require completion of a thesis based on the student s research and a Masters Comprehensive Exam during which the student presents his/her research Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) All MAE students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in Engineering Analysis, normally accomplished by taking one or two courses. Masters students select a major area from five basic areas of study: Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Sciences, Solids and Structures, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Controls, or a specialization in Energy/Environment/Economics (E 3 ). MS students are required to take the core course for their chosen major, area and six to eight credit hours of thesis. Master of engineering students are required to take an engineering analysis course, one course that emphasizes numerical methods, and the core course in their major area. The core courses corresponding to the five major areas are: Fluid Dynamics: MMAE 510 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 10

12 Thermal Sciences: MMAE 520 Advanced Thermodynamics or MMAE 525 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer Solids and Structures: MMAE 530 Advanced Mechanics of Solids Dynamics and Controls: MMAE 541 Advanced Dynamics Design and Manufacturing: MMAE 545 Advanced CAD/CAM The approved MMAE courses that emphasize numerical methods are: MMAE 451/CAE 442 Finite Element Methods in Engineering MMAE 517 Computational Fluid Dynamics MMAE 532/CAE 530 Advanced Finite Element Methods MMAE 544 Design Optimization MMAE 570 Computational Methods in Materials Processing Courses offered by other departments with an emphasis in numerical methods can also be used to satisfy the numerical requirement. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the GSC. The required courses for the ME and MS degrees in MAE are listed in the tables below Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Master of Science in MSE students must complete six designated materials science and engineering courses as outlined in the following tables. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled by elective courses and thesis research. Master of engineering students are required to complete six designated materials science and engineering courses as listed for the MS students. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled by elective courses. The designated courses for the ME and MS degrees in MSE are listed in the tables below Manufacturing Engineering (MFG) All manufacturing engineering students are expected to complete a series of required courses. Students must select either a mechanical and aerospace (MAE) or a materials science and engineering (MSE) emphasis. Students are required to take additional courses depending on their area of emphasis. The remaining credit hours must be fulfilled by elective courses approved by the adviser. Students in the Master of Science program must take six to eight credit hours of thesis. The required courses for the ME and MS degrees in MSE are listed in the tables below. 2.2 Master of Science Programs (MS) In the following tables, see Chapter 4 for a list of engineering analysis, core, and elective courses in each major area. 11

13 2.2.1 Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Engineering analysis courses: MMAE 501 and MMAE 502 (6 credits) Core course in major area: 3-4 credits Elective courses: credits Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Total hours: Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with E 3 Specialization Engineering analysis courses: MMAE 501 and MMAE 502 (6 credits) Core courses in major area: MMAE 520, MMAE 525, CHE 503, or CHE 553 MMAE 522, MMAE 523, MMAE 524, or CHE 541 CHE 543 Non-core courses in major area: 2 courses from Group A and 1 course from Group B Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Remaining hours: Elective courses if needed Total hours: 32 Group A: MMAE 524, MMAE 525, MMAE 526, MMAE 527 Group B: CHE 541, CHE/MMAE 560, ENVE 501, ENVE 506, ENVE 542, ENVE 551, ENVE 561, ENVE 570, ENVE 577, ENVE 578, ENVE

14 2.2.3 Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering MAE Emphasis 18 credits including: MMAE 545 MMAE 546 Required courses: MMAE 547 MMAE 560 MMAE 445, MMAE 574, or MMAE 576 One course emphasizing numerical methods Elective courses: 8-11 credits Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Total hours: 32 MSE Emphasis 15 credits including: MMAE 547 Required courses: MMAE 560 MMAE 445, 545, 546, or 576 MMAE 563 or 569 One course emphasizing numerical methods Elective courses: 9-11 credits Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Total hours: 32 13

15 2.2.4 Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering 6 courses from: Materials courses MMAE 461, MMAE 470, MMAE 472, MMAE 501, MMAE 520, MMAE 533, MMAE 554, MMAE 561 through MMAE 580 Elective courses: 6-8 credits Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Total hours: Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering with E 3 Specialization Core courses: MMAE 520, CHE 503, or CHE 553 MMAE 522, MMAE 523, CHE 541, or CHE 566 MMAE 554 MMAE 569 CHE 543 Non-core courses: 2 courses from Group A and 1 course from Group B Thesis research: MMAE 591 Thesis (6-8 credits) Remaining hours: Elective courses if needed Total hours: 32 Group A: MMAE 470, MMAE 525, MMAE 561, MMAE 563, MMAE 566, MMAE 579 Group B: CHE 541, ENVE 501, ENVE 506, ENVE 542, ENVE 551, ENVE 561, ENVE 570, ENVE 577, ENVE 578, ENVE

16 2.3 Master of Engineering Programs (ME) Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Engineering analysis courses: MMAE 501 (6 credits) and MMAE 502 or course emphasizing numerical methods Core course in major area: 3-4 credits Elective courses: credits Total hours: Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with E 3 Specialization Engineering analysis course: MMAE 501 (6 credits) and MMAE 502 or course emphasizing numerical methods Core courses in major area: MMAE 520, MMAE 525, CHE 503, or CHE 553 MMAE 522, MMAE 523, MMAE 524, or CHE 541 CHE 543 Non-core courses in major area: 2 courses from Group A and 1 course from Group B Remaining hours: Elective courses Total hours: 30 Group A: MMAE 524, MMAE 525, MMAE 526, MMAE 527 Group B: CHE 541, CHE/MMAE 560, ENVE 501, ENVE 506, ENVE 542, ENVE 551, ENVE 561, ENVE 570, ENVE 577, ENVE 578, ENVE

17 2.3.3 Master of Manufacturing Engineering MAE Emphasis 18 credits including: MMAE 545 MMAE 546 Required courses: MMAE 547 or MMAE 557 MMAE 560 MMAE 445, MMAE 546, or MMAE 576 One course emphasizing numerical methods Elective courses: 12 credits Total hours: 30 MSE Emphasis 15 credits including: MMAE 547 Required courses: MMAE 560 MMAE 445, 545, 546, or 576 One course emphasizing numerical methods Elective courses: 15 credits Total hours: 30 16

18 2.3.4 Master of Materials Science and Engineering 6 courses from: Materials courses MMAE 461, MMAE 470, MMAE 472, MMAE 501, MMAE 520, MMAE 533, MMAE 554, MMAE 561 through MMAE 580 Elective courses: 12 credits Total hours: Master of Materials Science and Engineering with E 3 Specialization Core courses: MMAE 520, CHE 503, or CHE 553 MMAE 522, MMAE 523, CHE 541, or CHE 566 MMAE 554 MMAE 569 CHE 543 Non-core courses: 2 courses from Group A and 1 course from Group B Remaining hours: Elective courses if needed Total hours: 30 Group A: MMAE 470, MMAE 525, MMAE 561, MMAE 563, MMAE 566, MMAE 579 Group B: CHE 567, ENVE 501, ENVE 506, ENVE 542, ENVE 551, ENVE 561, ENVE 570, ENVE 577, ENVE 578, ENVE

19 2.4 Completion of Studies and Graduation Within two weeks of the start of the intended graduation semester, the student files a Form G527, Application for Graduation, with the Graduate Academic Affairs Office. After the application is filed, the Graduate College provides a form entitled, The Sequence of Events and Deadlines, applicable to that semester. Note that students must be registered for a minimum of one credit hour in the semester in which they graduate, including the summer semester. If the student fails to graduate in the intended semester, see Section MS Students Graduating MS students must submit Form G300, Masters Final Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Committee and Exam Scheduling, for approval by the Department Chair. The approved form must be submitted to the Graduate College no later than two weeks prior to the exam date. The examination committee consists of at least three faculty members whose purpose it is to evaluate the student s thesis and carry out the comprehensive examination. The committee includes the student s advisor, and one of the three faculty members must be a departmental representative from a discipline different than the student s major area of study. A mandatory thesis preparation discussion is held early each semester by the Thesis Examiner to assist students in preparing their thesis and alerting them to problems that may occur. The student s initial appointment with the Thesis Examiner must be made at least six weeks before the end of the anticipated graduation semester. Meetings are by appointment only. The MMAE student s thesis must conform to the guidelines given in the latest IIT Thesis Manual, which can be found on the thesis information web site. The latest version of the IIT Thesis Manual can be downloaded from this web site. Ready-made templates (Microsoft Word and L A TEX) can also be downloaded from this site. The student prepares a preliminary draft of his/her thesis at least five weeks before graduation for approval by the Thesis Examiner. At least seven days prior to the comprehensive examination, the student distributes copies of the approved thesis draft to the thesis committee members. His/her adviser then s all MMAE faculty members announcing the place and time of the examination. The should include an abstract of the thesis. It is the student s responsibility to ensure that the is sent on time. Failure to do so may result in rescheduling of the examination. The thesis committee conducts a comprehensive oral examination on the student s thesis and related areas. The examination is open to all IIT faculty. The examination is scheduled at a mutually convenient time and date, but must be taken at least fifteen days prior to the end of the semester. The adviser reports the results of the examination to the department using MMAE Form 103, Results of Masters Comprehensive Examination (available in the MMAE main office to faculty members only) and Form G303, Masters Comprehensive/ PhD Qualifying Exam, which will be provided to the student s advisor by the 18

20 Graduate College. Exam results reported on Form G303 must be submitted to the Graduate College within 48 hours of the exam and received no later than one week prior to the last day of classes. The student obtains signature approvals of the final thesis draft from his/her adviser, all thesis committee members, and the Department Chair on Form G501, Final Thesis Approval. The student pays the advanced degree fee at the Student Accounting Office and meets with the Thesis Examiner for final thesis approval. The student should bring three unbound copies of the completed thesis in marked manila envelopes with their adviser s original signature on the title pages along with a receipt showing payment of fee and Form G50lB bearing all approval signatures except that of the Thesis Examiner. Note: The three thesis copies are bound and distributed to the library, the department archives, and the adviser. The Graduate College will not provide binding for more than three copies. Additional personal bound hard copies can be obtained by using IIT Office Services ME Students ME candidates are not required to complete a thesis or a comprehensive examination. As a result of the successful completion of all required course work, the student graduates and is awarded a Master of Engineering Degree. 19

21 Chapter 3 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 3.1 Degree Requirements Although it is possible to apply directly to the PhD program upon receipt of a bachelors degree, the majority of those entering the PhD program will have already completed a Master of Science degree. Students who have earned a MS degree from IIT and wish to pursue a doctorate must reapply to the Graduate College through the Graduate Admissions Office. Typically, all of the work done towards a masters degree in the same field will apply toward satisfying the requirements for the PhD Students who wish to transfer a masters degree in a different field should be prepared to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to the GSC. The GSC will evaluate the student s transcripts and supporting documentation to determine how many credits should be transferred and which course requirements have been met by transfer courses. The student s thesis adviser will help the student formulate an overall plan of study, including course work and a plan of research. The program of study must include a total of 72 credit hours, of which up to 32 credit hours may be from a completed MS degree. A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) requires completion of six designated MSE courses, credit hours of research and elective courses that will be determined with consultation with their thesis adviser. In the following tables, see Section 4 for a list of pre-approved engineering analysis courses and core and elective courses in each major area. Also note that course and research credit hours taken during a MS degree apply towards meeting the PhD requirements listed in the tables. 20

22 3.1.1 Degree Requirements for the PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Engineering analysis courses MMAE 501, MMAE 502 and two courses from group EA (12-14 credit hours) Core course in major area 3-4 credit hours Core course in second area 3-4 credit hours Non-core courses in major area Minimum of 9 credit hours Thesis research MMAE 691 (24-36 credits) Remaining hours Elective courses Total 72 credit hours Group EA: MMAE 503, MMAE 508, MMAE 509, MATH 512, MATH 515, MATH 522, MATH 535, MATH 544, MATH 545, MATH 553, ECE 505, ECE 511, ECE 531, ECE 533, ECE 567, CHE 530 Notes: Students whose major area is fluid dynamics, thermal sciences, or solids and structures must take MMAE 509 as one of the courses in group EA. Care should be taken to be sure that all prerequisites are fulfilled for the courses in Group EA (see Section 4). Other engineering analysis courses may be substituted with approval of the advisor and Graduate Studies Committee; however, substitutions may not include primarily computational courses or courses with substantial overlap with other engineering analysis courses taken Degree Requirements for the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering 6 courses from: Materials courses Thesis research Remaining hours Total MMAE 461, MMAE 470, MMAE 472, MMAE 501, MMAE 520, MMAE 533, MMAE 554, MMAE 561 through MMAE 580 MMAE 691 (24-36 credits) Elective courses 72 credit hours 3.2 PhD Qualifying Exam Students who are admitted to the MMAE PhD program must pass a qualifying examination administered by the department in order to be admitted to candi- 21

23 dacy for the PhD degree; each student has two attempts to pass the exam. The examination evaluates the student s academic background in order to determine their potential for achieving a doctorate. It also encourages doctoral students to develop and maintain a solid knowledge of fundamentals across a broad set of areas in their chosen discipline MAE Exam The PhD qualifying exam for MAE students is administered by the MMAE PhD Qualifying Exam Committee. Students are required to take the exam during their third semester of study in the PhD program, which allows students to complete the necessary coursework during their first two semesters. Requests to delay the qualifying exam beyond the third semester owing to special circumstances must be made via petition to the MMAE Graduate Studies Committee. The PhD qualifying examination for MAE students consists of a series of oral exams in three subject areas, including Engineering Analysis, the student s major area, and a second area. The scope of each exam is based on the material from the following courses: Engineering Analysis: MMAE 501, Engineering Analysis I Fluid Mechanics: MMAE 510, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Thermal Sciences: MMAE 525, Fundamentals of Heat Transfer Solid Mechanics: MMAE 530, Advanced Mechanics of Solids and undergraduate strength of materials Dynamics and Controls: MMAE 541, Advanced Dynamics and undergraduate dynamics and control systems MAE students should submit the PhD Qualifying Exam Registration Form to the Chair of PhD Qualifying Exam Committee at least four weeks before the exam week. The exam will be offered during the second week of September and the third week of January as a series of subject-area oral exams. The oral exams allow for assessment of a broad range of topics within a subject area at both the conceptual and problem-solving levels. In addition, the oral exams serve to prepare students to present and defend their research. The exams will be scheduled for all subject areas by the Chair of the PhD Qualifying Exam Committee typically within a one-week timeframe. Each oral exam will be conducted separately and last approximately 45 minutes per subject per student and be scheduled at one hour intervals. At least two subject-area faculty and one faculty member outside the area of the examination must be present at each oral exam session; these three will conduct the exam and determine the pass/fail outcome for each oral exam. The exams are open to all faculty, including the student s research advisor, for observation. The student will receive a letter from the Chair of the PhD Qualifying Exam Committee that describes the outcome of the overall exam at the end of the entire examination period. This outcome will be determined as follows depending 22

24 on whether it is the student s first or second attempt at taking the qualifying examination. First Attempt: Take all three subject areas (Engineering Analysis, major area, second area) Pass 0 of 3 subject areas Retake oral exam in 3 failed subject areas at the next opportunity. Pass 1 of 3 subject areas Retake oral exam in 2 failed subject areas at the next opportunity. Pass 2 of 3 subject areas Retake oral exam in 1 failed subject areas at the next opportunity. Pass 3 of 3 subject areas Pass PhD Qualifying Examination. Second Attempt: Let n equal the number of failed subject areas in the first attempt Pass less than n subject areas Failed PhD Qualifying Examination Pass n of n subject areas Pass PhD Qualifying Examination MSE Exam The PhD qualifying examination for MSE students consists of an oral exam administered by a committee of MSE faculty. The level of the exam will assess basic materials science and engineering concepts at the undergraduate level. A written research exam is also required where students submit a critical review of a published paper or research topic. 3.3 Thesis Research and PhD Examinations PhD Advisory Committee The purpose of the Thesis Advisory Committee is to assist the student in the satisfactory and timely progression of the thesis research and to evaluate the comprehensive and final oral examinations. The committee is nominated by the student s adviser using Form G301A in preparation for the Comprehensive Exam. Upon approval by the Department Chair, Form G301A is submitted to the Graduate College. PhD students should submit Form G301B prior to the final oral examination, i.e. the PhD defense. The MAE student s PhD Advisory Committee must consist of at least four full-time IIT (tenured or tenure track) faculty members as follows: the student s adviser, who acts as committee chair 23

25 one representative from the student s major area one representative from outside the student s major area but in the MAE program one representative from outside the MAE program The PhD Advisory Committee for MSE students must consist of at least four full-time IIT (tenured or tenure track) faculty members as follows: the student s adviser, who acts as committee chair two tenured or tenure-track professors of materials engineering one representative from outside the MSE program Non-tenured or tenure-track IIT faculty, or scientists from outside IIT, may serve as additional non-voting committee members with approval of the Department. The student must notify the Graduate College of the comprehensive exam no later than two weeks prior to the exam date using Form G301A, PhD Comprehensive Exam Committee and Exam Scheduling PhD Comprehensive Exam Whereas the purpose of the PhD qualifying examination is to asses a student s technical background in the topical areas related to their degree program, the objective of the comprehensive examination is to determine the student s level of competency in conducting research in the area of his/her thesis. The comprehensive examination must be conducted at least one year before the PhD defense examination. The comprehensive exam consists of two components, a written and oral thesis proposal and a brief research report and presentation. The student must submit a brief written thesis proposal to the PhD committee prior to the oral comprehensive examination. During the comprehensive examination, the student is expected to present his/her thesis proposal. The approval of the proposal will be based on a satisfactory oral presentation to the committee and evaluation of the written proposal. In addition to the proposal, the PhD Committee will provide the student with a research topic that the student is to investigate the current literature, assimilate the current methods and knowledge related to the topic, suggest novel improvements and approaches, and write a short report summarizing these issues. The topic of the written exam should be complementary to the students research area, but outside the scope of the student s dissertation research. The topic must be sufficiently narrow to be amenable to completion within an approximately two week time frame (including writing the report). The topic should be conveyed to the student with a short background of the topic, a reference(s) to use as a starting point, and some possible questions or issues to address. The suggested Comprehensive Exam timeline is as follows: 24

26 1. Student submits written dissertation proposal to PhD committee approximately two weeks prior to the oral exam. 2. Committee conveys written topic to student upon submission of the written proposal. 3. Student has approximately two weeks to research written topic and write a short report on his/her findings. 4. The written report is submitted to the committee members a couple of days prior to the oral exam. 5. Oral exam on written topic and dissertation proposal presentation. (At the committee s discretion, the oral exam on the written topic and the thesis proposal may be conducted on separate days). The results of the Comprehensive Examination are reported to the Graduate College on Form G309 by the student s adviser in the presence of all members of the Comprehensive Examination Committee, and should be returned to the Graduate College within 48 hours after the completion of the exam. Form G309 will be provided to the advisor by the Graduate College and must be received no later than one week prior to the last day of classes PhD Thesis Review and Defense Examination Within two weeks of the start of the intended graduation semester, the student files a Form G527, Application for Graduation, with the Graduate Academic Affairs Office. After the application is filed, the Graduate College provides a form entitled, The Sequence of Events and Deadlines, applicable to that semester. Note that students must be registered for a minimum of one credit hour in the semester in which they graduate, including the summer semester. If the student fails to graduate in the intended semester, see Section A mandatory thesis preparation discussion is held early each semester by the Thesis Examiner to assist students in preparing their thesis and alerting them to problems that may occur. The student s initial appointment with the Thesis Examiner must be made at least six weeks before the end of the anticipated graduation semester. Meetings are by appointment only. The MMAE student s thesis must conform to the guidelines given in the latest IIT Thesis Manual, which can be found on the thesis information web site. The latest version of the IIT Thesis Manual can be downloaded from this web site. Ready-made templates (Microsoft Word and L A TEX) can also be downloaded from this site. The Graduate College must be notified of the re-appointment of the committee and the date, time and place of the examination. Form G301, PhD Thesis Committee Final Oral Exam Scheduling must be submitted to the Graduate College at least two weeks prior to the exam and five weeks prior to the end of the semester. Upon completion of the dissertation research, the student prepares a preliminary draft of his/her dissertation and submits copies to the PhD Advisory 25

27 Committee. The student obtains approval of the preliminary draft of the dissertation from the Thesis Examiner (by prior appointment) on Preliminary Thesis Approval, at least two weeks prior to the oral defense and 5 weeks before the end of the semester. At least seven days prior to the final oral examination, the student distributes copies of the approved thesis draft to the thesis committee members. His/her adviser then s all MMAE faculty members announcing the place and time of the examination. The should include an abstract of the thesis. It is the student s responsibility to ensure that the is sent on time. Failure to do so may result in rescheduling of the examination. After the preliminary draft of the dissertation is approved, the student defends his/her dissertation at a final oral public examination. 1 The student s PhD Advisory Committee conducts the final defense examination. The results of the Defense Examination are reported to the Graduate College on Form G309 by the student s adviser in the presence of all members of the PhD Advisory Committee, and should be returned to the Graduate College within 72 hours after the final oral exam and no later than one week prior to the last day of classes. Once the final thesis draft is approved by the committee on Form G501, Final Thesis Approval, the student obtains his/her adviser s signature on the final draft of the dissertation and pays the advanced degree fee in the Student Accounting Office. The student meets with the Thesis Examiner at least nine days before commencement for final dissertation approval (by prior appointment) with the following: Three copies of dissertation in separately labeled manila envelopes Student Accounting Office receipt showing payment of fee Form G50l bearing all approval signatures except the final Thesis Examiner s Two copies of dissertation abstract of less than 60 words in dissertation abstract style One copy of University Microfilms Agreement Form Two copies of the Survey of Earned Doctorates Form One separate title page Note: The three thesis copies are bound and distributed to the library, the department archives, and the adviser. The Graduate College will not provide binding for more than three copies. Additional personal bound hard copies can be obtained by using IIT Office Services. 1 The PhD final oral examination shall be open to the public without restriction. However, the committee appointed to conduct the examination may continue the defense and deliberate the candidate s performance and prepare its report in private. 26

28 Chapter 4 MMAE Courses 4.1 Engineering Analysis Courses The pre-approved engineering analysis courses are: MMAE 501 MMAE 502 MMAE 503 MMAE 508 MMAE 509 MATH 512 MATH 515 MATH 522 MATH 535 MATH 544 MATH 545 MATH 553 ECE 505 ECE 511 ECE 531 ECE 533 ECE 567 CHE 530 Engineering Analysis I Engineering Analysis II Advanced Engineering Analysis Perturbation Methods Introduction to Continuum Mechanics Partial Differential Equations Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems Mathematical Modeling Optimization I Stochastic Dynamics Stochastic Partial Differential Equations Discrete Applied Mathematics I Applied Optimization for Engineers Analysis of Random Signals Linear Systems Theory Robust Control Statistical Signal Processing Advanced Process Control 27

29 4.2 Courses Listed by Major Area The MMAE graduate programs have six different areas of study: Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Sciences, Solids and Structures, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Control, and Materials Science and Engineering. In this section, the core and non-core courses in each major area are listed in tabular form. The core course(s) in each area of study is marked in red italics Fluid Dynamics MMAE 510 MMAE 511 MMAE 512 MMAE 513 MMAE 514 MMAE 515 MMAE 516 MMAE 517 MMAE 518 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Compressible Flows Viscous Flows Turbulent Flows Stability of Viscous Flows Engineering Acoustics Advanced Experimental Methods in Fluids Computational Fluid Mechanics Spectral Methods in Computational Fluid Mechanics Other relevant courses MMAE 509 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics MMAE 508 Perturbation Methods MMAE 525 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer MMAE 527 Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation CHE 536 Computational Techniques in Engineering CHE 551 Fluid Dynamics Thermal Sciences MMAE 433 MMAE 520 MMAE 522 MMAE 523 MMAE 524 MMAE 525 MMAE 526 MMAE 527 Design of Thermal Systems Advanced Thermodynamics Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems Fundamentals of Power Generation Fundamentals of Combustion Fundamentals of Heat Transfer Heat Transfer: Conduction Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation 28

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