Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Sustainable Building Research Team

Nandika D'Souza

Research Spotlight: Team of UNT Researchers Awarded $600,000 NSF Grant to Develop Sustainable Building Materials

Researchers at the University of North Texas are on the verge of revolutionizing the construction industry by developing natural alternatives to fiberglass and other popular, non-biodegradable building materials.

Quick Facts

MEE Department

  • Nation's first Mechanical and Energy Engineering Dept.
  • Began in 2007 with 77 students
  • 354% enrollment increase over the past 5 years
  • Current undergraduate enrollment: 602
  • Current Masters enrollment: 45
  • Current Ph.D. enrollement: 8
  • International enrollment: 61
  • Faculty count: 14
  • Avg. class size: 36
  • Avg. lab class size: 37
  • Degrees offered: 3
  • # of B.S. degrees awarded: 80 (AY2013-14)
  • Avg. SAT/ACT score: 1127/25
  • Avg. external funding: $1,350,000
  • # of facilities: 12


  • Nation's 26th largest public university
  • Total enrollment: about 36,000
  • Countries represented: 136
  • States represented: 49


  • Nation's second largest technology corridor
  • Nation's 4th largest metropolitan area 
  • Home to many of the nation’s fastest growing cities

Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Obtaining your Master of Science or Ph.D. at UNT can be your doorway to success, both now and in the future, as an academic researcher and professional engineer. A

The department's graduate program builds on the theme of Mechanical AND Energy through course offerings, opportunities to engage in work experiences in faculty laboratories through directed study, thesis and dissertations. Many students seek internships or work part time in area industries given our proximity to the metroplex. We are unique. You will have opportunities that you won't be able to find at many other schools and will be able to partner with world-class faculty and local industry leaders to make an impact in both your field and your community.

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering offers a Master of Science degree with a major in mechanical and energy engineering, as well as a Ph.D. Degree. Both programs allow graduate students the opportunity to increase their engineering skills while diving deep into the industry with research and experiential learning. Students can pursue a Master's degree doing either a thesis or non-thesis track. Please review the MEE Handbook to get a perspective of the degree programs.

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering also offers a Graduate Academic Certificate in Energy. This 15 credits program is designed to meet the increasing demands of students with a comprehensive understanding of energy engineering, social/environmental studies, energy policy, economics and management.  This program will also be unique in the State of Texas and among only a few in the US. Students earning one of our degrees can concurrently enroll in the Graduate Academic Certificate for dual credit. 


Degree Plans

Admission information