PhD Qualifying Exam

PhD Qualifying Exam


Students must obtain a passing grade in 4 subject areas in order to successfully complete the written part of the qualifying exam. The students must take and pass the “1-Manufacturing Fundamentals” exam. At least one of the exams must be taken from the “2-Advanced Areas” Exams. The remaining two exams can be selected either from the Advanced Areas Exams or from the FENS Ph.D. Programs.

1) Manufacturing Fundamentals


Suggested Texts/Materials

Fundamentals and Parameters of Manufacturing Processes: properties of Materials for manufacturing processes, fundamentals of casting, metal forming, material removal, welding, abrasive and non-conventional machining processes.

Computer-Aided Design: engineering drawing, tolerances, computer-aided technical drafting and design, geometric models and data structures, representation and manipulation of curves and surfaces and 3D solid modeling, and assembly modeling and analysis

  1. Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. Serope Kalpakjian. (Chs. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  2. Technical Drawing with Engineering Graphics, 14/E by Giesecke, Hill, Spencer, Mitchell, Dygdon, Novak, Lockhart & Goodman
  3. Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Chang, T-C. Wysk, R.A. Wang, H-P, (Chs. 2, 3, 4, 5)
2) Advanced Areas
2.1) Manufacturing Fundamentals
2.2) Mechanics of Composites
2.3) Experimental Mechanics
2.4) Computational Fluid Dynamics
2.5) Numerical Processes
2.6) Transport Processes
2.7) Machining and Machine Tools
2.8) Additive Manufacturing
2.9) Metrology
2.10) Computer Integrated Manufacturing
2.11) Polymer Processing
2.12) Robotics and Automation
2.13) Composite Manufacturing
2.14) Metallography