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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Program

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RYERSON UNIVERSITY: Mechanical Engineerng Graduate Program

About the Graduate Program

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a cutting edge graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, a Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree or a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree for students who are seeking advanced study in a professionally based, applied program that provides opportunities for research in Thermofluids, Manufacturing, Materials, Solid Mechanics, and Industrial Engineering.

The curriculum has been structured to provide elective courses in the above fields. For the Master’s degree, students must complete a total of five graduate courses and a research thesis (MASc) or eight graduate courses and a research project (M.Eng). For the PhD degree, students must complete four graduate courses, pass a qualifying exam, conduct research, present a research seminar and produce a thesis based on original research. The thesis/project supervisor must approve both the course selection and the thesis/project research proposal submitted in writing by the student. The program is available to both full-time (PhD, MASc and MEng) and part-time (MEng only) students with several courses scheduled to permit part-time study. The program involves faculty members from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University, with recognized expertise in teaching and extensive, ongoing research activities in a wide spectrum of areas.

The applicant may choose one of the following fields:


Fundamental understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer which underlie this field is critical to the design and improvement of a wide variety of engineering devices and systems. The objective of much of the thermofluids research is the improvement of energy systems. Convective heat transfer research is being carried by means of advanced experimental and numerical techniques. Numerous research activities are focused on improving the efficiency and environmental impact of such energy technologies as cogeneration, district energy, thermal energy storage, and electricity generation by means of conventional (fossil, nuclear) techniques and alternative (solar energy and fuel-cell) techniques.

Manufacturing, Materials and Solid Mechanics

Research related to manufacturing focuses on robotics, manufacturing automation, controls and manufacturing processes. Some of the department's research activities in these fields include the development of high-performance visually-guided robots, and studies on the sensor-based control of electromechanical devices. Applications of advanced control systems in a range of fields, including metal cutting, is also ongoing. Extensive research is being carried out in the areas of materials engineering and mechanics of solids and structures. This research includes the characterization and analysis of materials and structures for energy systems, transportation applications and the casting of materials. Investigation into the vibration and buckling of composite plates and shells, thermal stresses, creep and plasticity is also undertaken. Some of the projects involve efforts to predict material failure points and to improve understanding of the properties and behavior of composite materials.

Industrial Engineering

This area covers a range of industrial engineering topics, including applied operations research, production and inventory control, human factors, decision-support systems, optimization, and flexible manufacturing systems. These topics are relevant to a wide range of industries and the optimal integration of human knowledge and technology. The research into decision-making methodologies has led to conflict-resolution models that are applicable to the complex situations that occur when multiple participants are involved and multiple objectives exist. Research on optimization modelling and solution techniques is being undertaken with application to many industrial systems, such as energy, environmental, and telecommunication systems. Research is ongoing into cost management and enterprise modelling, especially using knowledge-based information systems and artificial intelligence. Moreover, research on modelling, analysis, and design of flexible manufacturing systems is being carried out.


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