The mechanical engineering department is home to several exceptionally equipped research laboratories, including: applied mechanics and design laboratories, materials science and engineering laboratories, manufacturing and production laboratories, robotics laboratories, thermo-fluids and energy laboratories.
Our graduate students have access to various state-of-the-art research facilities with strong connections to the industry and the research programs are led by well-established professors and adjunct professors.
Graduate studies and research are full of excitement, challenges, and rewards. The experience of being the first to observe, create or understand something is wonderful.
Aside from excellent research experience, we offer a program that engages our graduate students as members of national and international professional societies including the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). We are proud of our long history of graduate programs and the fact that our past graduate students are in high demand by industry, research laboratories and universities.
As a graduate student, you will have opportunities to apply for a variety of financial supports, including the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postgraduate Fellowships, various Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships and research assistantships. There are also teaching assistant positions budgeted and available in the department to accommodate those students wishing to assist academics in teaching. Partial travel awards are available from various sources for graduate students to attend conferences.
Expected duration: 4 years
Tuition and fees: Tuition fees are charged for terms one and two and terms four and five. A continuing fee is paid for term three, term six and each subsequent term. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)
The PhD in Mechanical Engineering consists of coursework and a substantial research component. A minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000- level or higher is required, and students must present, submit and defend a comprehensive thesis that constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field of study.
Active research in this area is performed in turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flow with droplets and engineering calculations of fluid flow. Droplets vaporization and burning under turbulent atmospheric as well as high-pressure and temperature flow conditions, premixed and non-premixed swirling and non-swirling turbulent flames, liquid jet break-up and automizaton turbulent measurement and modelling, underwater kinetic turbines.
Concerned with the application of heat and work to engineering problems. Active research is performed in two phase flow, pool boiling simulation, enhanced heat transfer, solid-liquid phase change, entropy analysis/optimization, combined heat transfer and heat transfer in porous media, acoustic wave propagation and supercritical flow stability, ocean hydrothermal energy and minerals research, super-critical properties of ocean hydrothermal fluids, runout table cooling in the steel processing industries.
Material Science and Engineering
Concerned with the behaviour of engineering materials. Active research is focused on deformation studies, joining of aerospace materials, acoustic emission, solidification and diffusion in microgravity, phase transformation in solids, wear and wear protection, processing of polymer composites, durability and interfaces in polymer composites.
Applied Mechanics and Design
Concerned with the analysis and conception of machine and structural components. Active research is performed in biomechanics, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue analysis, experimental stress analysis, vibrations and acoustics, kinematics and dynamics of linkage and mechanisms and computer aided design.
Manufacturing and Production
Concerned with analysis, design and operation of automated and feedback control systems. Active research is conducted in robotics, sensor technology, system integration, automatic controls, information systems, human-machine control systems, fluid power systems, teleoperation, virtual design and manufacturing, web-based manufacturing systems. Planning, design and operation of production using queuing theory, networks, scheduling, facilities planning and inventory planning models are also other areas of research.
To qualify for admission to the PhD in Mechanical Engineering program, you must normally have completed a master's-level degree in Engineering.
Master’s students making exceptional progress while enrolled in their program may be transferred to the PhD program upon the consent of the department head based on recommendations from the student’s advisor and an appointed selection committee who investigate the student’s qualifications and suitability for PhD study.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The mechanical engineering PhD program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer admission. Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed by the admissions committee:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Uploaded copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
- The name of your confirmed advisor
To find an advisor, explore the department of mechanical engineering's faculty and staff page and contact a faculty member whose research interests align with your own. Please note that your proposed advisor must hold a PhD or equivalent and be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (typically includes academic staff holding a rank of assistant professor or above).
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.