University at Buffalo

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering PhD emphasizes original research and provides students with a strong background for employment in academic institutions, government laboratories and industrial research laboratories with a focus on mechanical engineering. The program provides a sound foundation in technical fundamentals with a broad-based curriculum in design and optimization; dynamics, control and mechatronics; fluid and thermal sciences; and bioengineering, computational and applied mechanics and materials. Modern, well-equipped laboratories are available to support timely research investigations.

Focus Areas

  • Advanced thermodynamics
  • Mechanical design,
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy systems
  • Controls and robotics
  • Mechanical vibrations and dynamics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Materials manufacturing engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Micro and nanoengineering
  • Fluid mechanics

Potential Career Opportunities

  • University researcher/ professor
  • Research scientist
  • R & D researcher
  • Senior mechanical engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Chief technology officer
  • R & D director
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Controls and robotics engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Automotive engineer

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

Master’s Degree

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes