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Engineering Mechanics is a concentration within the college-wide Master of Science (MS) program where students use the application of mechanics to solve real-world problems involving common engineering elements.

The MS in engineering mechanics provides a good foundation to engineering analysis and is useful to non-engineering majors interested in a multi-disciplinary engineering background with career prospects in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, mining, defense and biomedical among others. 

Engineering mechanics strives to enhance the engineer’s understanding to interpret behaviors of structures using experiments and computer analyses. 

Some of the areas that are involved in engineering mechanics include computer analysis using the finite element techniques, experimental stress analysis, advanced composites behavior, computational mechanics, dynamics, nonlinear behavior, plasticity, micromechanics and macro-mechanical behavior of composites, damage and fracture mechanics, optimization and probabilistic static and dynamic analysis.

Program Type


Program Format

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What to Expect

The Master’s Degree in Engineering: Mechanics at UWM is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers. Students may choose either a thesis option (30 credits) or a non-thesis option (31 credits).

The thesis option allows students to pursue advanced coursework leading to an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor.

At UWM we strongly believe in the power of research to change the world so we encourage students to pursue the development of a thesis. However, if you have prior engineering or scientific work experience and are seeking an MS for professional advancement, the non-thesis option is a great alternative that requires additional coursework in lieu of a thesis.

The MS in Engineering does not require a rigid set of courses, so you have the flexibility to design your program of study that is compatible with your career objectives. This feature also makes the MS a solid stepping stone for doctoral level study. Please see the academic catalog for specific requirements.

More Information

Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

Research Labs

Research is integral to our work at UWM and to the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees. Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. Please see the Faculty tab to the right for the specific research interests and labs of each civil and environmental engineering faculty member. For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.


Ryo Amano
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Brian Armstrong
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ilya Avdeev
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC)
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, UWM Student Startup Challenge
  • Director (PI), Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative
Woo Jin Chang
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Roshan D'Souza
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professorship
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Avie Judes
  • CEAS Lab Manager
  • Lab Manager, Makerspace
William Musinski
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Michael Nosonovsky
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Krishna Pillai
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Qandil
  • Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
  • Assistant Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Deyang Qu
  • Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research
  • Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • UWM Distinguished Professor
Mohammad Rahman
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Chair, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee
  • Affiliate Professor, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Switzer Research Distinguished Fellow
John Reisel
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Secretary of the University
Kevin Renkin
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Pradeep Rohatgi
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Advanced Manufacture of Materials
Nathan Salawitz
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founder, Advanced Structures Laboratory
Brooke Slavens
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professor of Mechanical Engineering, EMS Office 1080
  • Affiliate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science & Technology
Nathaniel Stern
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Art & Design
  • Director, Student Startup Challenge
Yongjin Sung
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mohamed Yahiaoui
  • Teaching Faculty 3, Mechanical Engineering
Xiaoxiao Zhang
  • Scientist I, Mechanical Engineering Department
Dong Zheng
  • Scientist III, Mechanical Engineering Department


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

UWM is proud to be one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:

  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Energy
  • Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies
Mechanical Engineering
Contact Info:

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784