Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a broad engineering discipline with a range of activities and functions that touch almost every aspect of technology. It covers subjects related to energy, fluid mechanics and dynamics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, and design and manufacturing. This diverse background uniquely positions mechanical engineers to help define the future of technology and play a critical role in solving global energy and sustainability challenges. The Mechanical Engineering (MEG) Program at Masdar Institute aspires to become renowned for outstanding graduate education and research that is at the forefront of engineering advancements. The mission of the program is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and professional experience necessary for successful careers in industrial or academic roles that involve alternative energy and sustainable technologies. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Masdar Institute will be able to work collaboratively, conduct independent and multidisciplinary research, communicate effectively and recognize their role in solving global challenges, while simultaneously promoting sustainable engineering principles. Program Goals The MSc in Mechanical Engineering Program goals are to produce post-graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following goals:
  • An ability to identify and address current and future mechanical engineering problems related to energy sources, production, conversion, efficiency, and control within a broader framework of sustainable development;
  • An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to mechanical engineering problems in the field of energy and sustainability;
  • An understanding of the impact of solutions to energy problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and
  • An understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and lifelong learning required to further their career aspirations.
Program Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the Mechanical Engineering Master of Science Program, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex mechanical engineering problems;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of mechanical engineering to the analysis, design and development of systems, components, or processes to meet needs of society professionally and ethically;
  • Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data;
  • Be continuously aware of contemporary issues and research opportunities/challenges related to energy and sustainability and engage in lifelong learning in the field and in the fundamentals of other related disciplines;
  • Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for professional practice; and
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Academics The academic curriculum of the Mechanical Engineering Program is designed to provide students with fundamental and advanced training in engineering principles that relate to renewable energy and sustainable technologies. The program’s core courses initially focus on energy and thermo-fluids engineering by covering topics in advanced thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, advanced energy conversion, nano- and micro-scale transport phenomena and combustion. The breadth of course offerings will continually grow to allow Masdar Institute students to gain deeper knowledge in topics of their choosing. Research Mechanical engineering research at Masdar Institute is aimed at providing major advancements in key areas of renewable energy and sustainable technology. Specific research topics include, but are not limited to, thermo-fluid sciences and include advanced computational methods, hydrodynamics, solid/fluid interactions, sustainable heating and cooling, power systems, materials and devices for renewable energy, waste to energy conversion and design for sustainability. Examples of ongoing Mechanical engineering research activities at Masdar Institute are as follows:
  • Hydrodynamics of wave power extraction
  • Advanced technologies and controls for building energy efficiency
  • Modeling of the urban thermo-fluid environment
  • Waste-to-energy conversion via gasification
  • Wind flow simulation on low and high rise structures including wind turbines
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Nuclear reactor engineering