MEng

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering Master of Engineering (MEng) program combines breadth of topics in business and engineering management applied to depth of study in one of seven departments, including Mechanical Engineering. The Berkeley MEng integrates engineering coursework with classes in leadership and core management concepts. Students tackle actual industry challenges through case studies and your capstone project.

 

> Full-time, 9 month program

> Part-time, 2-4 year decelerated option

 

“The Berkeley MEng helped grow my leadership skills and deepen my technical background in mechanical engineering. The management skills are especially helpful to those that desire an industry role.” - Sahil Kudroli, ME: Modeling and Simulation of Physical Processes and Systems ‘17

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following concentrations:

> Advanced Energy Techology

> Biomechanics (NEW)

Experimental Advanced Control Systems Design

> Fluids and Ocean (NEW)

> MEMS/Nano (NEW)

> Mechanics and Dynamics (NEW)

> Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes

> Product Design

 

Complete descriptions of the courses listed can be found here: http://guide.berkeley.edu/courses/mec_eng/

 

 

 

Advanced Energy Technology

Provides you with both technical and business foundations in energy engineering sciences and their potential applications in leading edge technologies, in fields such as advanced combustion, nanoscale energy conversion, and large scale renewable energy systems.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

Mech Eng 235 – Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems

Mech Eng 246 – Advanced Energy Conversion Principles

Mech Eng 250A – Conductive and Radiative Transport

Mech Eng 250B – Convective Transport and Computational Methods

Mech Eng 254 – Thermodynamics

Mech Eng 255 – Advanced Combustion Processes

Mech Eng 258 – Heat Transfer with Phase Change

Mech Eng 259 – Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

 

Biomechanics (NEW)

The Masters of Engineering (MEng) track in Biomechanical Engineering covers theories, methods, and practice of biomechanical engineering. Students will gain skills through biomechanics-focused courses, as well as through advanced courses in mechanics, materials, manufacturing and design. Courses will enable students to work on cutting edge biomechanical engineering grand challenges. Capstone projects bring biomechanical prowess to ongoing clinical needs. Students will also gain skills in verbal and oral communication and mentorship. Biomechanical students are expected to take four technical courses from the list below as well as a capstone experience course.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

  • Mech Eng C210 – Advanced Orthopaedic Biomechanics

  • Mech Eng C211 – The Cell as a Machine

  • Mech Eng C213 – Fluid Mechanics of Biological Systems

  • Mech Eng C214– Advanced Tissue Mechanics

  • Mech Eng C215– Advanced Structural Aspects of Biomaterials

  • Mech Eng C216– Molecular Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of the Cell

  • Mech Eng C223 – Polymer Engineering

  • Mech Eng C278 – Advanced Designing for the Human Body

  • Mech Eng C290L – Introduction to Nano-Biology

  • Mech Eng C292A – Advanced Special Topics in Bioengineering: Capstone experience

  • Mech Eng C292C – Advanced Special Topics in Design: Designing an Upper Limb Prosthesis

  • Mech Eng 292C – Advanced Special Topics in Design - “Human-Centered Design Methods”

 

Experimental Advanced Control Systems Design (Now known as Control of Robotic and Autonomous Systems)

The complexity of modern robotic and autonomous systems has grown exponentially in the past ten years. Today's engineers are challenged by the task of  building high performance machines which: (1) are safe despite the uncertainty of the environment they operate in; (2) are able to interact with humans; and (3) effectively use data, local embedded control platforms and distributed cloud computing. You will gain experience on state of the art control systems design and implementation for such modern and highly complex systems. This concentration immerses you in the design and application of advanced controls systems, with numerous cutting edge applications such as self-driving cars, drones, aerospace systems, and robotics for manufacturing and human assistance.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

Mech Eng C231A – Experiential Advanced Control Design I
Mech Eng C231B – Experiential Advanced Control Design II
Mech Eng C232 – Advanced Control Systems I
Mech Eng 233 – Advanced Control Systems II
Mech Eng 235 – Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems
Mech Eng 237 – Control of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems
Mech Eng 292B – Advanced Special Topics in Controls: Control and Dynamics of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Mech Eng 292B – Advanced Special Topics in Controls: Feedback Control of Legged Robots

 

Fluids and Ocean (NEW)

This track provides graduates with a firm foundation in analytical, computational, and experimental essentials of fluid dynamics. Research activities span the Reynolds number range from creeping flows to planetary phenomena. Topics of current study include suspension mechanics, dynamics of phase changes (in engineering and in geophysical flows), earth mantle dynamics, interfacial phenomena, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, biofluid mechanics, vascular flows, chaotic mixing and transport of scalars, bubble dynamics, environmental fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, vortex dynamics and breakdown, aircraft wake vortices, rotating flows, stability and transition, chaos, turbulence, shock dynamics, sonoluminescence, sonochemistry, reacting flows, planetary atmospheres, ship waves, internal waves, and nonlinear wave-vorticity interaction. One key application area is Ocean Engineering, which involves the development, design, and analysis of man-made systems that can operate in the offshore or coastal environment. Such systems may be used for transportation, recreation, fisheries, extraction of petroleum or other minerals, and recovery of thermal or wave energy, among others. Some systems are bottom-mounted, particularly those in shallower depths; others are mobile, as in the case of ships, submersibles, or floating drill rigs. All systems should be designed to withstand a hostile environment (wind, waves, currents, ice) and to operate efficiently while staying environmentally friendly.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

  • Mech Eng 240A/B - Advanced Marine Structures I / Advanced Marine Structures II

  • Mech Eng 241A/B - Marine Hydrodynamics I / Marine Hydrodynamics II

  • Mech Eng 243 - Advanced Methods in Free-Surface Flows

  • Mech Eng 245 - Oceanic and Atmospheric Waves

  • Mech Eng 260A/B - Advanced Fluid Mechanics I / Advanced Fluid Mechanics II

  • Mech Eng 262 - Theory of Fluid Sheets and Fluid Jets

  • Mech Eng 263 - Turbulence

  • Mech Eng 266 - Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

  • Eng 266A/B - Finite Diff. Meth. for Fluid Dynamics / Spectral Meth. for Fluid Dynamics

 

MEMS/Nano (NEW) (Micro-Electromechanical Systems/Nanotechnology)

Over the past 20 years, the application of microelectronic technology to the fabrication of mechanical devices has revolutionized research in microsensors and microactuators. Micromachining technologies take advantage of batch processing to address the manufacturing and performance requirements of the sensor industry. This track provides you with highly interdisciplinary skills in microfabrication, MEMS design, and related topics such as microscale thermophysics, micro and nanoscale tribology, cellular and sub-cellular level transport phenomena and mechanics, and physicochemical hydrodynamics of ultra-thin fluid films.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

  • Mech Eng C218/EE 247B - Introduction to MEMS Design (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng C231A - Experiential Advanced Control Design I

  • Mech Eng C231B - Experiential Advanced Control Design II

  • Mech Eng 235 - Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems

  • Mech Eng 238 - Advanced Micro/Nano Mechanical Systems Laboratory

  • Mech Eng 259 - Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

  • Mech Eng 280A - Introduction to the Finite Element Method

  • Mech Eng 290G - Laser Processing and Diagnostics

  • Mech Eng 290L - Introduction to Nano-Biology

  • Mech Eng 290T - Plasmonic Materials

 

Mechanics and Dynamics (NEW)

Having its roots in the classical theory of elastic materials, solid mechanics has grown to embrace all aspects involving the behavior of deformable bodies under loads. Thus, in addition to including the theory of linear elasticity, with its applications to structural materials, solid mechanics also incorporates modern nonlinear theories of highly deformable materials. This includes synthetic polymeric materials, as well as biological materials. Our program also includes other aspects of continuum mechanics including approximate theories (such as those involving moderate strains or moderate rotations) and the Lagrangian representation of vorticity. The behavior of continua that are almost rigid, with a view to characterizing their dynamical characteristics, is also an important top.

 

Coursework offerings vary year to year, and may include:

  • Mech Eng 287 - Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng 280A - Introduction to the Finite Element Method (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng 275 - Intermediate Dynamics (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng 273 - Linear Vibrations

  • Mech Eng 274 - Advanced Dynamics

  • Mech Eng 277 - Nonlinear and Random Vibrations

  • Mech Eng 282 - Theory of Elasticity

  • Mech Eng C279 / Civ Eng C235 - Statistical Mechanics of Elasticity

  • Mech Eng 280B - Finite Element Methods in Nonlinear Continua

  • Mech Eng 281 - Methods of Tensor Calculus and Differential Geometry

  • Mech Eng 283 - Wave Propagation in Elastic Media

  • Mech Eng 284 - Nonlinear Theory of Elasticity

  • Mech Eng 285A - Foundations of the Theory of Continuous Media

  • Mech Eng 285B - Surfaces of Discontinuity and Inhomogeneities in Deformable Continua

  • Mech Eng 285C - Electrodynamics of Continuous Media

  • Mech Eng 285D - Engineering Rheology

  • Mech Eng 286 - Theory of Plasticity

  • Mech Eng 288 - Theory of Elastic Stability

  • Mech Eng 289 - Theory of Shells

  • Mech Eng 290A - Nonlinear Dynamics of Continuous Systems

 

Modeling and Simulation (Now known as Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes)

Modern manufacturing can be characterized by three basic processing strategies – additive, subtractive and near-net shape. These are somewhat self-explanatory in their names. Near-net shape, aka forming/forging and molding techniques. Subtractive, for example, machining, is the “old standby” process used extensively in basic machine construction but is quite limited as applied to higher technology products. Additive manufacturing, ranging from deposition processes to the more recent rapid prototyping approaches, is an area that offers much future potential for both accurate and fast creation of complex products. Additive manufacturing (AM) and Rapid-Prototyping (RP) have received a great deal of attention for a number of years. In particular, the idea of 3-D Printing (3DP) has received quite a large amount of press. According to ASTM, AM is defined as the "process of joining materials to make objects from  3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. This track provides you with the sophisticated mathematical modeling skills to critical to the manufacturing  of advanced devices and systems across all sectors and industries. You will gain experience creating the tools that are used in an array of technologies that employ advanced manufacturing and 3D printing.

 

Coursework offerings vary year to year, and may include:

  • Mech Eng C201 - Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng C219 - Parametric and Optimal Design of MEMS

  • Mech Eng 221 - Graduate Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Systems

  • Mech Eng C223 - Polymer Engineering

  • Mech Eng 224 - Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials

  • Mech Eng C225 - Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials

  • Mech Eng 226 - Tribology

  • Mech Eng 227 - Mechanical Behavior of Composite Materials

  • Mech Eng 229 - Design of Basic Electro-Mechanical Devices

  • Mech Eng C231A - Experiential Advanced Control Design I

  • Mech Eng 280A - Introduction to the Finite Element Method (REQUIRED)

  • Mech Eng 280B - Finite Element Methods in Nonlinear Continua

  • Mech Eng 290D - Solid Modeling and CAD/CAM Fundamentals

  • Mech Eng 290G - Laser Processing and Diagnostics

  • Mech Eng 290H - Green Product Development: Design for Sustainability

  • Mech Eng 290I - Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Mech Eng 290R - Topics In Manufacturing

 

Product Design

Theories, methods, and practice of design. Enables you to create, design, develop, and market new and innovative products to meet the needs of consumers from all backgrounds and requirements, including sustainability. You gain skills in communicating with and assessing the needs of the user/customer, prototyping and evaluating potential designs with respect to the performance specifications and requirements and insuring safe operation, economical production, and reduced energy and resource consumption as well as environmental impact.

 

Coursework offerings vary year by year, and may include:

Mech Eng C205 - Critical Making

Mech Eng C223 - Polymer Engineering

Mech Eng 229 - Design of Basic Electro-Mechanical Devices

Mech Eng 231A - Experiential Advanced Control Design I

Mech Eng 235 - Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Engineering

Mech Eng 290H - Green Product Development: Design for Sustainability

Mech Eng 290KA - Innovation Through Design Thinking

Mech Eng 290KB - Life Cycle Thinking

Mech Eng 290P - New Product Development

Mech Eng 290U - Interactive Device Design

Mech Eng 292C - Advanced Special Topics in Design - “Human-Centered Design Methods”

 

“One of the best decisions I've made so far in terms of my professional development!” - Emma Guerra, ME: Product Design ‘17

 

 

Career Placements

Recent graduates from the Mechanical Engineering MEng program have been hired at:

Apple Haxis Labs Shell
Applied Materials HP Space Systems Loral
BAE Systems Intuitive Surgical TEC Systems
Bio-Rad Lockheed Martin Tesla
Bosch Motorola Western Digital
Delphi Labs Silicon Valley RoboTerra & many more...
Energy Solutions Sandia National Labs  
General Motors Schlumberger  

 

Learn more at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership website, including:

> How to Apply

> Capstone Projects

> Career Destination Report

> Online Information Sessions

> Master of Engineering Degree Requirements