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Title: Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation
  • Efstratios Nikolaidis
  • Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
  • Department of Mechanical, Industrial and
    Manufacturing Engineering
  • University of Toledo
  • 8/20/2014
  • This presentation is based on Dr. Olsons
    presentation in Fall 2007

  • About MIME
  • Focus Areas
  • Department Organization
  • Graduate Programs
  • Registration and Plan of Study
  • Resources/Facilities

1. About MIME
  • MIME department recognized as one of the best on
  • High quality of students, faculty, staff and
  • 20 faculty members
  • Society fellows ASME (6), American Ceramic
    Society (1)
  • Journal editors, associate editors
  • Six book authors
  • In 2011, 6.4 M annual sponsored research from
    NSF, NREL, ARO, NIH, Chrysler, Ford, GM
  • Excellent job placement success
  • Close ties to industry
  • Faculty and students reputation

2. Focus Areas
  • Graduate program in MIME specialized in terms of
    both teaching and research
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics and Design
  • Thermal Sciences and Fluids
  • Different required courses in each area

Focus Areas
  • What it means to you
  • Must select and concentrate on one focus area
  • It will determine your course work, research and
  • Will not appear on your diploma

3. Department Organization
Professor Chairman
Dr. Abdollah A. Afjeh
Academic Program Coordinator
Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Efstratios Nikolaidis
Debbra Kraftchick

Thermal Sciences Focus Area
Department Secretary
Dr. Chunhua Sheng, Leader
Kathryn Rose
Solid Mechanics Focus Area
Lab Supervisor ( 2 Tech Staff)
Dr. Lesley Berhan, Leader
John Jaegly
Manufacturing Focus Area
Administrative Specialist
Dr. Sarit Bhaduri, Leader
  • Department Chair
  • Dr. Abdollah Afjeh (x8210)
  • As administrator
  • Overall responsibility for department
  • All administrative and academic matters
  • Student matters
  • Special issues
  • As professor
  • Faculty responsibilities

Student Services Staff
  • Associate Director of Department Student Services
  • Debbra Kraftchick (x8204)
  • Academic records and student files
  • Department/university forms
  • Registration/scheduling, reference letters
  • Preparation of GAPAs (funding paperwork)
  • First person to see for administrative questions

Student Services Staff
  • Department Secretary Kathryn Rose (x8210)
  • Responsible for secretarial support
  • Provides instructional support to faculty
  • Prepares funding certification letters
  • Makes appointments with Chairman on special

Student Services Staff
  • Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Efstratios
    Nikolaidis (, x8216)
  • Initial advisor to all new students (except RAs).
  • Determines all TA duties, evaluates TAs.
  • Approves plans of study/certifies graduation.
  • Approves practical training requests.
  • Authorizes program changes.

  • Academic Advisors
  • Supervise graduate research (dissertation,
    thesis, project).
  • Approve plan of study.
  • Approve changes to plan of study.
  • Award RAs.

Graduate Student Duties
  • Fill out a plan of study before 16 hours of
    coursework have been completed.
  • Select and register for classes based on approved
    plan of study.
  • Find an advisor by end of fall term at the
    latest. Submit advisor selection form to Dr.
  • Keep your advisor informed on your progress.
  • Satisfactory progress in research is a requisite
    for continued financial support (assistantship).
  • Generally, advisor provides funding after first
    academic year.

Graduate Student Duties
  • A TA with a verbal TOEFL score less than 22 must
    take the ITA test.
  • Attend Graduate Seminar (RA/GA).
  • Graduate assistants (funded by department), spend
    up to 20 hours teaching assistants, besides
    working on their thesis/dissertation
  • Research assistants (funded by advisor) work on

4. Graduate Programs
  • Thesis and project options
  • 30 semester credit hours
  • Thesis coursework, 21 hours, thesis, 9 hours
  • Project coursework, 24 hours, project 6 hours
  • If you ever receive RA or TA funding from the
    MIME department you must do a thesis. In this
    case, you cannot switch from the thesis to
    project or coursework options.
  • Coursework only option
  • 36 semester credit hours

Graduate Programs
  • PhD
  • Minimum requirements
  • 60 credit hours beyond MS
  • 15 credit hours of coursework (minimum)
  • 30 hours dissertation (8960, minimum)
  • 15 credit hours research (8900) coursework

MS Degree Thesis Option
  • Mathematics 3 credits
  • From list of approved courses
  • Focus area core courses 9 credits
  • Only approved courses
  • Elective courses 9 credits
  • Focus area electives
  • From list of approved courses with approval of
  • Advanced courses (6000 level) 5000 level less
  • Thesis research 9 credits

PhD Degree
  • Research-Based Degree
  • Must pass Focus Area Qualifying Examination
  • Expected within 1st year in program
  • If failed once, may petition for a retest one
    year later, if petition is granted.
  • No specific topic requirements, but courses must
    be approved by advisor.
  • 15 credits minimum advanced coursework.
  • Planned for Ph.D. research (consult your advisor)
  • Prepare for Ph.D. qualifying exam in Spring
  • Dissertation Research 30 credits minimum
  • 45 credits if taken 15 credit hours of

PhD Degree
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Take in Spring semester
  • Advanced (senior) undergraduate level and/or
    first year graduate level
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • A definite project identified and substantial
    preliminary research work done. This includes
    literature survey, plan of tasks, feasibility
  • Dissertation defense
  • Write dissertation and defend it in open forum
  • Significant, consequential, original

Advanced Graduate Courses
  • Typically at 6000/8000 levels
  • MS students -- 6000 level
  • PhD students -- 8000 level
  • Equivalent courses
  • Might be numbered at a lower level but considered
    equivalent to MIME 6000/8000 level course.
  • Consult your advisor.
  • MS Program advanced course requirement
  • 12 credits (core, approved math or elective) at
    6000 level

Plan of Study
  • A Roadmap of Graduate Program
  • List of all courses taken or to be taken.
  • Must be approved by advisor, Director of Graduate
    Studies and College of Graduate Studies
  • When to File
  • As soon as possible but not later than beginning
    of Spring term
  • Where to File
  • Department Academic office, Associate Director of
    Department Student Services
  • Benefits
  • Registration without additional advisors
  • Prevent having to take additional courses to meet
    degree program requirements

4. Registration
  • Minimum Requirements for Supported Students
  • All MS students who receive full-time support
    must register for 12 credit hrs. All PhD
    students who have not passed the qualifying exams
    must register for 12 credit hrs each semester.
    All PhD students who have passed the qualifying
    exams must register for 9 credit hours each
  • Supported students on their last semester can
    register for only 1 hr. A statement from the
    faculty advisor certifying that the student has
    satisfied the degree requirements is required for
    each of these cases (e-mail to Dr. Hefzy will
    suffice for documentation).
  • Supported students are allowed to register for 1
    hr as their last semester only once. If a student
    has enrolled previously for 1 hr as his/her last
    semester and did not graduate, then he/she would
    need to enroll as specified in paragraph 1.

  • Graduate Seminar MIME 6930/8930
  • Attendance required of all funded students
  • Notification of time by email (Nitschke
  • Register for thesis/independent research
    6960/8900 (three credits). Use your advisors
    section number.
  • If you do not have an advisor, register in MIME
    6900/ 8900 - 78.
  • Prepare a Thesis Proposal Paper by December 1st
    and submit to your advisor.

Registration Forms
  • Course Request Form
  • Needed only for the first term. Thereafter, use
    web or phone registration.
  • Course Request Form needs the advisors
  • Course Request Forms are needed for thesis or
    dissertation registration.

Registration Process
  • Where to Register?
  • Registrars Office -- Rocket Hall
  • What Documents Needed?
  • Completed and signed Course Request Form and
    Seminar Request Form, if any
  • Register by Friday, August 22 to avoid late fees.
    These range from 50 to 1,000 depending on how
    late you register.
  • Instructional Fee Credit?
  • Tuition credit given automatically to funded
    students. Takes time for tuition fee to be paid.
  • Normally, student must pay all other fees.

Thermal Science Program Examples
  • Core
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I (MIME 6440/8440)
  • Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (MIME 6980/8980)
  • Viscous Flow (MIME 6410/8410)
  • Conduction (MIME 6420/8420)
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics (MIME 6450)
  • Advanced Heat Transfer (MIME 6980/8980)
  • Advanced Gas Dynamics (MIME 6980/8980)
  • Electives
  • Jet Propulsion (MIME 5540)
  • Turbomachinery (MIME 5510)
  • Math
  • Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

Solid Mechanics Program Example
  • Core
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (MIME/CIVE 5300)
  • Adv. Dynamics (MIME 6200/8200)
  • Electives
  • CAD-Finite Element Methods (MIME 5280)
  • Fracture Mechanics (MIME 6380/8380)
  • Elasticity (MIME 6350/8350)
  • Engineering Analysis of Smart Materials (MIME
  • Math
  • Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

Manufacturing Program Example
  • Core
  • Design of Experiments (MIME 6720/8720)
  • Advanced Material Removal (MIME 6980/8980)
  • Advanced Mechanics of Brittle materials (MIME
  • Electives
  • Manufacturing Engineering (MIME 5060)
  • Nanomanufacturing (MIME 6980/8980)
  • Engineering Analysis of Smart Materials (MIME
  • Statistical Quality Control Mgmt (MIME 5020)
  • Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MIME 5980)
  • Advanced Sensors and Sensor Materials (MIME
  • Math
  • Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

  • University Main Library/ Engineering Library
  • Archival journals
  • Electronic journals
  • Engineering/Scientific/Medical databases (a fee
    might be assessed)
  • OhioLink -- online search and ordering of
    books/references from other Ohio universities

Graduate Students Handbook
  • Details of Graduate Programs
  • Admission requirements
  • Academic and non-academic policies
  • Degree requirements
  • Link

Student Support
  • Student Organizations
  • ASME, IIE, SAE, SWE, GSA, etc.
  • Student Services
  • Writing Center //
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Center //
  • International student services
  • http//
  • Can provide small loans

Other Sources of Information
  • MIME Web Page
  • http//
  • Graduate student handbook
  • MIME Registration Tips
  • Online registration Use any PC to access the
    myUT portal. To login to the myUT portal, enter
    their UTAD username and password. To activate a
    UTAD account visit the UTAD Account Management
    page for instructions.