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 major emphasis in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering is to train students in the fundamentals of engineering and scientific research and to prepare them, especially on the doctoral level, to be critical thinkers who can advance human knowledge through research. 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.

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.

> 2015 Fall MEEN Graduate Classes

Degree Plan MS Thesis

Degree Plan MS Non-Thesis

Degree Plan PhD

> Graduate Handbook

Courses and Worksheets to Help Fill a Degree Plan

Workshop for MEEN Grad Students, November 2014

How to apply MEEN M.S. and Ph.D. programs

FAQs of Graduate Admission

> Explore more info of M.S. degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering

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