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2012-2013 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

Dr. Michael Langerman
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Civil Mechanical 172
(605) 394-2408

Lisa Carlson, MBA
Associate Director
Recruitment and Graduate Programs
Civil Mechanical 131
(605) 394-5261


Professors Abata, Dolan, Kalanovic, Kjerengtroen, Korde, Muci-Kuchler and Langerman; Associate Professor Bedillion; Assistant Professors Ellingsen, Kingsbury, Shahbazi, Simmons and Widener; Professors Emeritus Buck, Chiang, Gnirk, Krause, Pendleton, and Snyder.

The following discussion assumes students are entering the program with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Students entering with a Master of Science degree will design their program of study in accordance with their graduate committee input.

Students entering the PhD program will be required to submit a plan of study and choose an advisor by the mid-term of the second semester of coursework. The degree requirements include a minimum of 80 credit hours beyond the Bachelor of Science degree. The 80 credit hours include 50 credit hours of coursework (see below) and 30 credit hours of research (ME 898). The program of study allows the student to take 12 credit hours in a program outside the mechanical engineering department (see below).

In addition to the successful completion of the curriculum, the program of study requires passing a qualifying exam, submitting a research topic proposal, passing a comprehensive exam, and successfully defending the dissertation.


Required Courses

Total: 6

Coursework: Choose 32 credits from below (or equivalent courses):

Total: 32

Credits Outside Department (if applicable)


Total: 12


Total: 30

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