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College of Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Learn, experiment, innovate, and achieve — move forward in your career with a doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Bring your curiosity, your skills, and your knowledge. Explore Ph.D. in mechanical engineering topics that can change the world — from manufacturing design to materials science, aerospace to automation, and thermodynamics to turbines. Mechanical engineering is integral to so many parts of our complex modern world. You can make things happen with your Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

If you ever wonder, “What is mechanical engineering?” you can find your niche in any system that makes our lives easier. If it moves or produces something, there are people behind the system with Ph.D. in mechanical engineering jobs to make it work.

At N.C. A&T, we invest in you, the student, to help you achieve your dreams. Our Ph.D. in mechanical engineering program can propel you into a career in academia, industry, or government. You’ll gain the know-how and hands-on experience at N.C. A&T to get top Ph.D. in mechanical engineering jobs in any concentration you choose.

Why choose the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T?

What is mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T? The mechanical engineering department at N.C. A&T is the place to advance your skills to the top level with support from highly respected faculty. It is a place to explore your passion for Ph.D. in mechanical engineering topics to find your path. You’ll find the quality of learning and hands-on experience that will challenge you to be your best.

Small classes and experiential learning. Our Ph.D. in mechanical engineering students enjoy plenty of attention from faculty and close interaction with peers with a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1. As part of your training, you will have opportunities to visit Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and NASA labs. Plus, you can participate in industry-sponsored projects to challenge you with real-world problems in engineering.

AGGIES DO join student professional organizations. Our mechanical engineering department houses student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Engineering Education, the Society of Women Engineers, professional associations. You’ll also get chances to present your research findings at national conferences sponsored by these organizations and backed by N.C. A&T’s mechanical engineering department.

Ph.D. in mechanical engineering concentrations

  • • Aerospace
  • • Materials
  • • Control and System Dynamics
  • • Fluids and Thermal Management
  • • Mechatronics and Machine Design

Dream. Career paths for mechanical engineering graduates

We are proud that 100% of our graduates find Ph.D. in mechanical engineering jobs within three months of finishing their degree. Our faculty members personally mentor graduate students to assist you on your journey toward an exciting career in industry or government labs, or to pursue a faculty position so you can mentor the next generation of engineers.

With your degree in one of our Ph.D. in mechanical engineering topics, you can find positions such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Research and development manager
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Engineering professor
  • Facilities engineer
  • Modeling and simulation engineer
  • Lead mechanical design engineer
  • Thermal engineer
  • Optomechanical engineer

At N.C. A&T, you will have opportunities to work on industrial or government projects to help focus your talents and interests on Ph.D. in mechanical engineering jobs for your future. Many of our graduates are so well-respected in their professional positions that their employers send them back to N.C. A&T to recruit more of our students for their projects. It’s a testament to the excellent career preparation offered by our Ph.D. in mechanical engineering program.

What Aggies have to say about our Ph.D. in mechanical engineering


“N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering has a great Ph.D. program with highly creative and caring professors. The professors are patient with students and take great care in imparting the technical skills needed for us to succeed.”

– Dr. Julio Mendez, Ph.D. in mechanical engineering


Connect. Mechanical engineering faculty

If you’re still wondering, “What is mechanical engineering?” you can ask our faculty. Each member of our team of teachers will have a slightly different answer to what the field means to them, with unique industry, government, and research experiences on their resumes. Our faculty have diverse research interests. Some of them include:

  • Hypersonic vehicle and space propulsion systems designs
  • Software safety-critical systems analysis
  • Heat transfer to tissues with application to hypothermia
  • High-speed aircraft geometry
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fatigue, fracture, mechanical deformation, and materials
  • Renewable energy and energy conversion systems
  • Nanoengineered materials
  • Low-cost composite manufacturing (VARTM processing)
  • Biophysiochemical hydrodynamics
  • Thin films, condensed matter, and nanoscale materials
  • Broad-based materials innovation and translation

Ph.D. in mechanical engineering courses and curriculum

The program covers Ph.D. in mechanical engineering topics of all types. With a wide range of research interests and projects, faculty lead small classes that allow for intensive study in specific, applicable theory and practice for mechanical engineering. Courses include:

  • Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Theory of Vibrations
  • Radiation Heat Transfer
  • Stochastic Modeling of Mechanical Systems
  • Control of Robotic Manipulators
  • Advances in Nanomaterials
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Our professors have made tremendous scientific progress in materials and thermal sciences, and they offer hands-on courses with opportunities for you to get involved in the practical aspects of their disciplines and use state-of-the-art testing equipment.
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Explore. Scholarships and financial aid for mechanical engineering students


We believe in your ability to you grow, design, imagine, and invent in the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering program. At N.C. A&T, we’re committed to helping you pursue your education as affordably as possible. We offer several types of financial aid and scholarships to help finance your degree, including:

  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Funds by grants and contracts
  • Title III full scholarships

Explore your financial aid options for graduate study in electrical engineering.

Discover. Programs related to mechanical engineering

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