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Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering

This research-oriented program prepares candidates to meet the growing demand for research and development experts in the corporate, government or academic arenas.

The Ph.D. degree is intended to recognize an individual’s expertise in a field of study and his or her ability to conduct original research that adds meaningful knowledge to the field. Therefore, the requirements for the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus are focused heavily toward enabling and requiring the student to establish, complete, and defend a program of original research.

There is high demand for expertise in the field of Mechanical Engineering in a wide range of industries including aerospace, aviation, automotive, biomedical, and energy systems industries.

In the Ph.D. program, students will conduct guided independent research that will culminate with a dissertation that will add to the knowledge within the field.

Research activities are under the direction of experienced, dedicated ERAU faculty and fellow students in state-of-the-art labs.

Because of its breadth, Mechanical Engineering graduates work in a number of different roles. And with an advanced degree, students gain a deeper understanding of designing and implementing electro-mechanical systems to fulfill industry needs, including aviation/aerospace, automotive, energy, manufacturing, and countless others.

Graduate students will have many professional networking experiences and may pursue an internship relevant to their area of focus.


About Mechanical Engineering at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the College of Engineering, the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program is research oriented and will prepare graduates for careers in research and development in the corporate, government, or academic arenas. 

Successful students will be self-motivated, have a high level of academic knowledge, and be excellent critical thinkers.

Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree must also fulfill the requirements of the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program. The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree will be awarded upon completion of the M.S. requirements, independent of the Ph.D.

All Ph.D. students will be required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout their tenure in the program. Standard course load for a Ph.D. student is expected to be six credit hours per semester, although higher loads may be permitted with approval of the student’s advisor.

Professional organizations are represented on campus, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Participation in these organizations will provide even greater opportunity to mentor undergraduate students and to identify those well suited to students’ research activities.

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