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Mechanical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

To develop as an engineer, scholar and teacher under the guidance of mentors who can help you navigate the channels of a high-level mechanical engineering career is to become someone who can move the world forward on its most persistent problems.

In this supportive intellectual environment, you will have the opportunity to develop as a scholar in your own right alongside world-class researchers working across diverse projects ranging from wind energy and wildfire pollution to computational modeling that can answer previously unanswerable questions.

About Mechanical Engineering at UW

Informed in part by the resource-rich state in which we’re located, the mechanical engineering groups emphasize research in areas such as combustion and heat transfer, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and wind energy and mechanics and materials.

This is a research-focused Ph.D. in which you will also take coursework that will provide a strong base of mechanical engineering knowledge. The degree prepares you for research careers in academic positions and at national laboratories but also for leading R&D in the industry.

Learn about the graduate program application requirements and process.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


  • Materials Science and Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Conversion and Combustion

Resident Tuition: $311/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $930/credit hour

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Degree Program Highlights

The mechanical engineering Ph.D. program offers a strong underpinning in the principles of mechanical engineering while providing a close-knit research environment in which you can thrive as a scholar. These are some characteristics of the UW doctoral program in mechanical engineering:

Mechanical engineering research groups. Ongoing mechanical engineering research takes place in UW’s Advanced Materials Lab, Materials Computation & Data Science Group, Physics based Multi-Scale Modeling, Thermo-Chemical Conversion Lab, and the Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Group, among others.

Learn more about UW’s research in mechanical engineering.

Graduate assistantships. Investigate research and teaching assistantships in mechanical engineering. Most mechanical engineering graduate students receive funded assistantships to support their course of study.

Faculty mentors. Work closely with a faculty mentor. All graduate mechanical engineering students are assigned a faculty mentor prior to enrolling based on research interests. Your mentor will advise you on your program of study, graduate committee formation, research, professional development and journal article writing. Research group sizes are small to foster this kind of mentorship.


Sample mechanical engineering dissertation titles:

  • “Application of modal decomposition for characterization of unsteady airfoil aerodynamics”
  • “Design, instrumentation development and testing of a wind turbine blade for sub-scale wake testing”
  • “Sorbent-based CO2 capture and air separation for carbon capture and sequestration technologies”
  • “Simulations of neutral atmospheric boundary layer flow over complex terrain with comparisons to field measurements"
  • “An order NlogN parallel time-spectral solver for periodic and quasi-periodic problems”
  • “Enabling high-order methods for extreme scale simulations”

Facilities. Take advantage of UW’s amazing facilities. UW houses equipment and facilities that are among the best in the world. Mechanical engineering maintains 21 research labs along with robust computing resources with software that supports our research.

What Can You Do With a Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Degree?

University of Wyoming’s doctoral program in mechanical engineering prepares you for senior level positions in industry, academic appointments and research at the highest levels of science and technology.

Mechanical Engineering Careers

UW mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduates have worked as the following:

  • Postdoc at Sandia National Laboratories
  • Staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL)
  • Postdoc at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Postdoc at University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor Pennsylvania State University
  • Senior Applications Development Engineering at Seeq Corporation
  • Senior Research Engineer Teton Simulation Software
  • Senior Software Engineer at NewCo
  • Researcher Xi’an Thermal Power Research Institution
  • Software developer for MathWorks – Makers of MATLAB and Simulink
  • CFD developer for Ansys

Amazing Stories From Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students

Recently, two Ph.D. students from UW’s Computational Microstructure Science Group interned at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre and the Idaho National Laboratory. They worked with the scientists to understand radiation damage processes and materials properties under nuclear environments as a part of their dissertation work.

Examples of Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Degree Program Courses

The mechanical engineering Ph.D. requires 42 credit hours in formal coursework out of a minimum of 72 credit hours required for the degree. These are some classes you might take at the University of Wyoming:

  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Combustion Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

View the full Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering degree program curriculum.

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