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:
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.
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:
More information about these labs is at engineering.unt.edu/mechanicalandenergy/research.
You also must submit directly to the department a detailed résumé with educational experience, relevant work history and research experience.
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
Students entering with a bachelor’s degree
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.
Information about other financial assistance programs is at financialaid.unt.edu.
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.
Xu Nie, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Mechanical behavior of materials under extreme loading and environment conditions; strain rate effects on damage and failure of advanced materials and structures; novel high-rate experimental techniques.
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.
Xun Yu, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Nanotechnology-based smart materials and structures; sensors and actuators; controls; energy harvesting and storage; bioengineering.