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

Ph.D. Program

Graduate student

Ph.D. in Mechanical and Energy and Engineering

Graduate opportunities

The doctoral Mechanical and Energy Engineering program at the University of North Texas offers you a ground-breaking opportunity to learn fundamental and applied knowledge compatible with mechanical engineering, renewable energy, energy modelling, manufacturing and fossil fuels.

Our Doctor of Philosophy degree is the first of its kind in Texas. The innovative curriculum allows you to study and conduct research with world-class faculty members. This collaboration can lead to being published in professional journals, a validation of your hard work and strong research.

In addition, you’ll work with faculty members to develop both a broad and in-depth knowledge for solving energy problems. You’ll explore topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of energy
  • Thermal energy and fluids
  • Solid mechanics and controls
  • Renewable and alternative clean energy
  • Energy efficient products and structures
  • Bio-based green and sustainable products
  • Energy efficient intelligent vehicles

Our faculty members have been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, among others. Their research areas include environmental sustainability, materials and manufacturing, and oil and gas.

The university provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School®. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Research facilities

You can conduct research with faculty members in laboratories containing the most modern equipment in the nation. Among our facilities is the Zero Energy Laboratory where various energy technologies aimed at achieving net-zero consumption of energy are tested. The facility is the first of its kind in Texas. Other facilities include the:

  • PACCAR Technology Institute
  • Laboratory of Small Scale Instrumentation
  • Thermal Fluid Science Lab
  • Computer Aided Design and Analysis Lab
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Lab
  • Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling
  • Composite Mechanics and Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Advanced Tire Technology and Vehicle Dynamics Lab
  • Functional Cellular Solids Lab
  • Impact Mechanics Lab


Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must apply for admission through the graduate school or the International Admissions Office. For details, visit the Toulouse Graduate School's website or click here for information about International Admissions.

You also must submit directly to the department a detailed résumé with educational experience, relevant work history and research experience.

Degree requirements

You’ll plan your degree program with assistance from your major professor and advisory committee. The degree requires 72 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree or 42 credit hours beyond a master’s degree. You’ll need to maintain at least a B average in all courses.

Students entering with a master’s degree

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 9 credit hours of dissertation

Students entering with a bachelor’s degree

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 24 credit hours of electives
  • 21 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are competitively awarded to students who show high potential for research productivity. This is demonstrated through publications, conference proceedings, recommendations citing evidence of above average creativity and reasoning, excellent academic performance and/or standardized test results.  

Out-of-state and international students who are funded at least half time are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Only master’s students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. A number of in-state tuition scholarships also are available.

Click here for information about other financial assistance programs.


Graduate faculty and research areas

Tae-Youl Choi, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley. Femtosecond laser spectroscopy and ultrafast microscopy; microfluidics for biological state changes of cells subject to laser irradiation; biosensing; nanomanufacturing; thermal, electrical and optical characterizations in nanoscale materials.

Nandika D’Souza, Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Reliability and failure analysis, interactions and properties of heterogeneous materials, blends, alloys, composites and nanocomposites; mechanical properties; rheology; extrusion; injection and compression molding; fracture; transport phenomena; viscoeleasticity; rheology and polymer characterization.

Aleksandra Fortier, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Biomechanics aspects of cardiovascular diseases; mechanics and processing of cardiovascular implants; reliability and failure analysis, mechanical characterization and stress propagation in Pb-free electronics and Li-Ion rechargeable batteries; Sn whisker phenomenon; additive manufacturing.

Kyle Horne, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Utah State University. Nanoscale heat transfer in non-conventional superlattice structures; computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer; parallel and high-performance computing.

Kuruvilla John, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Air pollution impacts and control strategies; urban and regional scale air quality studies; monitoring of air quality and meteorology; photochemical and dispersion modeling; air pollution meteorology and forecasting; stochastic and neural network modeling.

Jaehyung Ju, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Mechanics and design of multifunctional materials and structures; compliant cellular materials, electro-active materials and non-pneumatic tires while focusing on energy efficiency and energy harvesting.

Vish Prasad, Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware. Heat transfer; crystal growth; materials processing; microelectronics manufacturing; plasma spray coatings; computational and experimental methods; virtual prototyping.

Sheldon Shi, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University. Renewable bioproducts manufacturing, such as lamination, mat-forming, extrusion and injection molding; pyrolysis; liquefaction; biomass to carbon conversion; recycling; bioresins/green adhesives; nanocomposites; natural fiber composites; engineered wood products.

Yong Tao, PACCAR Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Heat, mass and fluid transport in multiphase media; constructal microchannel heat exchangers; nano/micro Phase Change Materials enhanced heat transfer; low temperature heat transfer; alternative energy; whole building energy and exergy efficiency; HVAC systems; zero-energy building systems; engineering education; entrepreneurship.

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