Jul 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

3002 Rathbone Hall
Fax: 532-7057

Department Head:

Steve Eckels

Director of Graduate Studies:

Mingjun Wei

Graduate Faculty:

*Amir Bahadori, Ph.D., University of Florida
*B. Terry Beck, Ph.D., Oakland University
*Amy R. Betz, Ph.D., Columbia University
*Hitesh Bindra, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Liang-Wu Cai, Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*James Chen, Ph.D., George Washington University
*Melanie Derby, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*William L. Dunn, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Shih-Kang Scott Fan, Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
*Steven J. Eckels, Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Donald L. Fenton, Ph.D., P.E., University of Illinois
*Jared Hobeck, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Mohammad Hosni, Ph.D., Mississippi State University
*Byron W. Jones, Ph.D., P.E., Oklahoma State University
*Kevin B. Lease, Ph.D., University of Iowa
*Zayd Leseman, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*Douglas S. McGregor, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Walter McNeil, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*David A. Pacey, Ph.D., P.E., Kansas State University
*Raj Kumar Pal, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Jeremy Roberts, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*Dale E. Schinstock, Ph.D., University of Kansas
*J. Kenneth Shultis, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Gurpreet Singh, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
*J. Garth Thompson, Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue University
Scott Thompson, Ph.D., University of Missouri
*Youqi Wang, Ph.D., Shanghai Jiao Tong University
*Mingjun Wei, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*Warren N. White, Jr., Ph.D., Tulane University
*Xiao Jiang Xin, Ph.D., University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.


The department

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Kansas State University offers separate graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering both leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Our award-winning faculty are engaged in exciting and cutting-edge research projects in state of the art laboratories and research facilities, while our graduate students are excelling inside and outside of the classroom. Research areas and courses include a broad range of both traditional and emerging fields of Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. With over $5 million in research funding, almost all graduate students in our department receive graduate research assistantships (GRA). Several of our students receive graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) with 50-100 percent tuition waiver to help teach laboratory sections.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Although students with bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical and/or Nuclear Engineering make up the bulk of our graduate student body, the department welcomes applicants from other fields including other engineering disciplines, mathematics, physics and chemistry. International applicants should also include GRE and TOEFL scores. GRE scores should be no less than 400 verbal (146 revised version), 650 quantitative (151 revised version), and 3.0 on analytical writing. TOEFL scores must be above 600 on the written exam or 250 on the computer exam. The IELTS may substitute for the TOEFL. IELTS scores are valid for two years and should be no less than 7.0.

Programs of study are flexible and tailored to the interests, backgrounds and career goals of each student. Courses from outside the department are often added to programs of study to enhance the student’s experience. To see when MNE Graduate courses are offered, please view the MNE Graduate Course Rotation Schedule.

Degree options

Prospective students may apply for a graduate degree in either Mechanical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering. We offer the following degrees:

Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science Degree - The department offers
three degree options at the master’s level:
Master of Science Degree - The department offers
three degree options at the master’s level:
Master of Science Degree - Thesis option Master of Science Degree - Thesis option
Master of Science Degree - Report option Master of Science Degree - Report option
Master of Science Degree - Coursework option
(on-campus and distance)
Master of Science Degree - Coursework option
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Doctor of Philosophy Degree










Research facilities

In addition to a first-rate curriculum of graduate courses, cutting-edge graduate research projects are
supported by state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. Labs and research centers associated with K-State’s
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department include:

Laboratory facilities

  • Applied Computation Laboratory
  • Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratory
  • Composites Laboratory
  • Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory
  • Heat Transfer Laboratory
  • Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory
  • Laser Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Measurements and Instruments Laboratory
  • Mechanical Testing and Evaluation Laboratory
  • Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory
  • Nonlinear Controls Laboratory
  • Radiation Detection Instructional Laboratory
  • Radiation Measurement Applications Laboratory
  • Refrigeration Laboratory
  • Semiconductor Materials Analysis Laboratory
  • Tate Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory
  • Wind Tunnel/Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Research centers

  • Environmental Air Quality Program
  • Institute for Environmental Research
  • National Gas Machinery Laboratory
  • Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies Laboratory (S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Triga Mark II Nuclear Reactor Facility


Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


Mechanical Engineering