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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2005-2007 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Mechanics 654 Programs  


The graduate program in mechanics offers advanced instruction and research in theoretical mechanics. The broad areas of study are continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, analytical dynamics, and their applications to problems in engineering, materials science, and molecular biology. The topics of courses, seminars, and research include elasticity, viscoelasticity, the theory of non-Newtonian fluids, liquid-crystal theory, the mechanics and thermodynamics of phase transformations, and the development of the elastic rod model for DNA. Students also can explore modern constitutive theory (e.g., invariance principles, thermodynamic relations, and homogenization theory).

Excellent computational facilities are available to students, including a variety of workstations and access to supercomputers.

Students applying to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs should have a B.S. or B.A. degree in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences. The M.S. degree requires 30 credits and either a critical essay or a research thesis. The requirements for the Ph.D. degree include an appropriate combination of course work and research credits, a qualifying examination, and a dissertation. The qualifying examination is given in two parts, written and oral. Students are required to attend and participate in the mechanics seminar series. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree will be expected to spend at least one year in full-time residence, a requirement that will be waived only in exceptional circumstances.

Several fellowships are available to first-year and advanced students. Students receiving fellowships are expected to devote their full time to course work and research. Teaching assistantships and research assistantships associated with specific research projects may be available. Further information about these and other matters may be found at the Graduate Program in Mechanics web site,

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