Mechanical Engineering Master’s students are eligible to earn Mechanical Engineering Independent Research Credit (ME 590) on pre-approved MDP Projects (during the second semester of their project only). Students who successfully complete all requirements of ME 590 are able to count it for Independent Research Credit from the ME department.
Enrollment Plan: ME Students earning ME 590 credit on an MDP Project
|Winter semester||Fall semester|
|ENGR 599 (1 credit hour)||ME 590 (3 credit hours)|
Instructions for MDP students
In order to earn ME 590 credit for their MDP project, students must complete all requirements of both courses (as outlined by the MDP program and the ME department).
To receive ME department credit for MDP projects, students must fulfill all ME Independent Research Credit requirements.
Please see the ME Independent Research Credit website for more information on the requirements and process.
- For students whose MDP faculty mentor is not an ME faculty member, you will register for ME 590 under the ME Graduate Chair (currently Prof. Don Siegel).
- Students are responsible for properly submitting their Independent Research Credit proposal, and acquiring approval by posted deadlines. Projects must involve significant ME content and may not be “build only” or project management.
- To meet this requirement and to develop the proposal, students need to extend a portion of the MDP team’s project scope and identify a specific deliverable for the project that is independent from teammates’ effort (though students may reference and cite relevant work from team members). This scope extension/ME 590 proposal must have approval from the current MDP Faculty Mentor and the Independent Research Credit approval committee.
The following 2019 MDP projects were pre-approved by the ME department to fulfill ME 590 credit:
- Axalta Paint Quality: Paint Quality Test Equipment Development
- GM Fast Prototype: Fast Prototype Designing of Additive Manufacturing Heat Sinks
- GM Waste Recovery: Engine Heat Waste Recovery
- GM Autonomous Vehicle: Determine Duty Cycle for Autonomous Vehicle with a Hybrid Drive Unit
- GM Optimization: Optimization of Current Control in Electric Motors
- Isuzu Engine Technology: Next Generation Engine Technology Implementation
- Isuzu Rings: Characterizing Material Failures within Transmission Synchro Rings
- Matthaei Botanical Invasive Plants: Complex Composting for Invasive Plant Species
- Northrop Grumman Martian Dust: Printing Martian Dust
- Tubelite Lateral Torsional: Lateral Torsional Buckling – The Search for the Truth
- UTC Res: Characterization of Resonance Phenomena in Aerospace Sensors
- Yanfeng Airbag Deployment: Modeling Laminate Breakaway in Airbag Deployment