Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201
SECSDean@oakland.edu
Doctor of Philosophy: Mechanical Engineering
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Qian (Beth) Zou, PhD.
Coordinator
(248) 370-2233

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

The Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering is for students who plan careers in industrial or governmental research and development laboratories or problem-oriented agencies, as well as in the academic field. Alternatively, students can choose the Ph.D. program in Systems Engineering, listed below.

Students can begin their doctoral studies on a part-time basis if necessary, availing themselves of late afternoon or evening courses while working full time in local industry. However, later phases of study and research will require full-time devotion to the program. Students must also fulfill a residency requirement.
Department
Faculty
Brian P. Sangeorzan, Ph.D.   Brian P. Sangeorzan, Ph.D.
   Professor and Chair
   Office: 402 EC
   (248) 370-2236
   Fax: (248) 370-4416
   bsangeor@oakland.edu

 


 

Gary Barber, Ph.D.   Gary Barber, Ph.D. 
  Professor
  Office: 326 EC
  (248) 370-2184
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  barber@oakland.edu
Brenda Bond  Brenda Bond
  Administrative Assistant
  Office: 402 EC
  (248) 370-2210
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  bond2@oakland.edu
Yin-ping (Daniel) Chang, Ph.D.  Yin-ping (Daniel) Chang, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 418 EC
  (248) 370-2209
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  ychang@oakland.edu
  Website
  Sergey F. Golovashchenko, Ph. D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 318 EC
  (248) 370-4051
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  golovash@oakland.edu
Randy J. Gu, Ph.D.

  Randy J. Gu, Ph.D.
  Professor 
  Office: 412 EC
  (248) 370-2235
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  gu@oakland.edu
  Website 

Laila Guessous, Ph.D.

  Laila Guessous, Ph.D.
  Professor
  Office: 404 EC
  (248) 370-2183
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  Guessous@oakland.edu
  Website

Ching L. Ko, Ph.D.  Ching L. Ko, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 420 EC
  (248) 370-2694
  Fax: (248) 370-4261
  ko@oakland.edu
Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.  Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.
  Director of Outreach and Recruitment, 
  Associate Professor 
  Office: 301 EC
  (248) 370-2489
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  cjkobus@oakland.edu
  Website
Michael A. Latcha, Ph.D.  Michael A. Latcha, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 416 EC
  (248) 370-2203
  Fax: (248) 370-4261
  latcha@oakland.edu
  Website
Keyu Li, Ph.D.  Keyu Li, Ph.D.
  Professor
  Office: 414 EC
  (248) 370-2862 
  Fax: (248) 370-4261
  kli@oakland.edu
Zissimos P. Mourelatos, Ph.D.  Zissimos P. Mourelatos, Ph.D.
  Professor, John F. Dodge Chair of  Engineering
  Office: 402D EC
  (248) 370-2686
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  mourelat@oakland.edu
Sayed A. Nassar, Ph.D.  Sayed A. Nassar, Ph.D.
  Distinguished University Professor, 
  Director of FAJRI
  Office: 348 EC
  (248) 370-3781
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  nassar@oakland.edu
  Website
J. David Schall, Ph.D.  J. David Schall, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 328 EC
  (248) 370-2870
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  schall2@oakland.edu
  Website
Xia Wang, Ph.D.  Xia Wang, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Office: 402 EC
  (248) 370-2224
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  wang@oakland.edu
  Website
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  Zhijun Wu
  Visiting Assistant Professor
  FAJRI
  246 Dodge Hall
  (248)370-3782
  (248)370-4416
  wu@oakland.edu
LianXiang Yang, Ph.D.  LianXiang Yang, Ph.D.
  Professor
  Office: 410 EC
  (248) 370-2283
  Fax: (248) 370-4416
  yang2@oakland.edu
  Website
nophoto-115.jpg  Peng Zhao
  Assistant Professor
  Office: 330 EC
  (248) 370-2214
  pengzhao@oakland.edu
Admissions
& Financing

Information regarding graduate admissions can be found here:

Additionally, information regarding graduate student financial aid options can be found here:

International
Admissions

Admissions information for international students can be found here:

Steps to
Dissertation
Defense

Required Steps to Ph.D. Dissertation Defense and Graduation

  • Student is required to apply for graduation before the semester’s deadline.  Please see the Registrar’s website for the Calendar of Important Dates for each semester’s deadlines.  Apply to graduate on the Graduate Study website.

  • Go to the Doctoral Students website for information on format requirements, format deadlines, format manuals and templates, documents regarding the dissertation process flow, and publication requirements.  

  • Have your first format review appointment with the thesis/dissertation coordinator (TDC) in Graduate Study.  This appointment takes place before your defense.  For this appointment you will need a copy of your complete, formatted, and publication ready dissertation for review.

  • The candidate is responsible for arranging the defense date and time with each member of the dissertation advising committee (DAC) and the associate dean (through the associate dean’s assistant).  The template you are required to use for your defense announcement can be found on the Doctoral Students page or by contacting the associate dean’s assistant.  Each committee member is required to attend in person or by Skype.  NOTE: In order to graduate in the semester you applied for, your defense must take place by the Graduate Study deadline for that semester.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.

  • Update your PASS Form and create the defense announcement.  Send both forms to your DAC chair who approves and sends them to the dean’s office.  This must be done at least 16 days prior to your defense.  Your PASS Form will include the title, date and the time of your defense.  Please indicate on your PASS Form whether your publications are journals, conferences, or patents.  The assistant to the associate dean will schedule the room, post your announcement, and notify Graduate Study of your defense date.

  • You are required to have your completed dissertation to your DAC and the associate dean at least 2 weeks prior to your defense.  NOTE: Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your defense.

  • On the day of your defense, the room will be scheduled ½ hour early and extended ½ hour beyond your defense to allow you time to set up and clean up.  Please put all garbage in the trash can and return the room in the same or better condition than you found it.

  • After defense once you have made any changes to your dissertation requested by the committee, send the new version to your committee, repeating this step until the committee is satisfied with your dissertation.  Once you have committee approval, send the final paper copy to the associate dean.

  • Your DAC chair will complete the Dissertation Approval Memo and send this memo to the associate dean’s office. The associate dean will let you know if he/she wants you to make any changes and will forward the signed document to Graduate Study.  This process must be done before your final format approval appointment with the TDC in Graduate Study.  NOTE:  Graduate Study’s deadlines are very close together.  From the defense deadline, you only have 5 business days to receive final format approval from the TDC in Graduate Study.  From the final format approval deadline, you only have 5 business days to submit your copies to the TDC for binding.

  • Please make your final format appointment with the TDC early.  If you defend early in the term, please make this appointment well before the deadline.  NOTE: Presenting a dissertation to Graduate Study at this appointment that is incomplete or not formatted correctly will automatically move you to the next semester’s graduation list.

  • After receiving final format approval from the TDC, make your final submission appointment with the TDC.  This appointment should be made as early as possible.  NOTE: Failure to meet the submission deadline will automatically move you to the next semester’s graduation list.

  • In order to commence, you are required to attend the Commencement Fair.  Two fairs are held each year.  The Fall Commencement Fair is for Summer and Fall graduates and the Spring Commencement Fair is for Winter graduates.  Please see the Registrar’s website for more information.

  • You are encouraged to make an appointment with the assistant to the associate dean to go over any questions you may have about the process.