Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D)
High-impact, multidisciplinary research
The broadest of the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering offers a wide range of research and career opportunities for those committed to advancing innovations to enhance quality of life. The University of Delaware's (UD) Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering is regarded for our solid technical curriculum, our internationally recognized faculty, and our many innovative high-impact core research opportunities in nearly every aspect of modern mechanical engineering.
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- Visit the faculty research matrix to identify key faculty and their research that fits your interests and visit their research group websites to learn more
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- Learn about admission requirements and apply online
- Exceptionally qualified US citizens who apply to the Ph.D.program are automatically considered for one of our prestigious Helwig Fellowships which includes tuition and a $35,000 annual stipend. Application deadline for consideration for a Helwig Fellowship is February 15th.
Mix interdisciplinary research, human ingenuity, abundant resources and a location in a state known as an incubator of global, entrepreneurial R&D, and you have Idea Leadership. At UD, discovery, invention and innovation matter. The close coordination of our high-impact academic research in our core areas has broad influence on our global society. Delaware is a small state, but we think BIG!
The Department of Mechanical Engineering houses the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research (CBER), and the Center for Fuel Cell Research (CFCR). Other affiliated research centers and institutes include the Center for Composites Materials (CCM), Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (DRI), University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI).
Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our research, many of our faculty members hold joint or affiliated appointments in other departments. An annual budget of more than $9 million allows us to constantly strive to expand knowledge of the world around us. » Learn more about our high-impact research programs
Tradition of Excellence
UD has a tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive technologically advanced institution of today. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity — a designation accorded fewer than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.
Many of our Ph.D. graduates are now world-recognized leaders in academia, government and industry. Global, green and engaged. Our job is not finished until our ideas, our expertise and our people make a real and significant difference in the world. Our multidisciplinary research focuses on the most compelling scientific and technical challenges of our age. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our research, many of our faculty members hold joint or affiliated appointments in other departments.