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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. Olson’s presentation in Fall 2007. Outline. About MIME

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graduate student orientation

Graduate Student Orientation

Efstratios Nikolaidis

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

University of Toledo


This presentation is based on Dr. Olson’s presentation in Fall 2007

  • About MIME
  • Focus Areas
  • Department Organization
  • Graduate Programs
  • Registration and Plan of Study
  • Resources/Facilities
1 about mime
1. About MIME
  • MIME department recognized as one of the best on campus
  • High quality of students, faculty, staff and facilities
  • 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 student’s reputation
2 focus areas
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
Focus Areas
  • What it means to you:
    • Must select and concentrate on one focus area
    • It will determine your course work, research and expertise
    • Will not appear on your diploma
3 department organization
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
Student Services Staff
  • Associate Director of Department Student Services

DebbraKraftchick (x8204)

      • Academic records and student files
      • Department/university forms
      • Registration/scheduling, reference letters
      • Preparation of GAPA’s (funding paperwork)
      • First person to see for administrative questions
student services staff1
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 issues
student services staff2
Student Services Staff
  • Director of Graduate StudiesDr. 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. Nikolaidis.
  • 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
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 thesis/dissertation
4 graduate programs
4. Graduate Programs
  • MS (MSIE & MSME)
    • 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
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
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 advisor
  • Advanced courses (6000 level); 5000 level less common.
  • Thesis research: 9 credits
phd degree
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 semester.

Dissertation Research: 30 credits minimum

45 credits if taken 15 credit hours of coursework.

phd degree1
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 study.

Dissertation defense

Write dissertation and defend it in open forum

Significant, consequential, original

PhD Degree
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

Advanced Graduate Courses
plan of study
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


Registration without additional advisor’s approval

Prevent having to take additional courses to meet degree program requirements

4 registration
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 semester.

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 Auditorium)

Register for thesis/independent research 6960/8900 (three credits). Use your advisor’s 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 advisor’s signature.

Course Request Forms are needed for thesis or dissertation registration.

Registration Forms
registration process
Where to Register?

Registrar’s 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.

Registration Process
thermal science program examples
Thermal Science Program Examples


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)


Jet Propulsion (MIME 5540)

Turbomachinery (MIME 5510)


Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

solid mechanics program example
Solid MechanicsProgram Example


Advanced Mechanics of Materials (MIME/CIVE 5300)

Adv. Dynamics (MIME 6200/8200)


CAD-Finite Element Methods (MIME 5280)

Fracture Mechanics (MIME 6380/8380)

Elasticity (MIME 6350/8350)

Engineering Analysis of Smart Materials (MIME 6980/8980)


Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

manufacturing program example
Manufacturing Program Example


Design of Experiments (MIME 6720/8720)

Advanced Material Removal (MIME 6980/8980)

Advanced Mechanics of Brittle materials (MIME 5980)


Manufacturing Engineering (MIME 5060)

Nanomanufacturing (MIME 6980/8980)

Engineering Analysis of Smart Materials (MIME 6980/8980)

Statistical Quality Control & Mgmt (MIME 5020)

Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MIME 5980)

Advanced Sensors and Sensor Materials (MIME 6980/8980)


Advanced Eng. Math I (MIME 6000/8000)

resources facilities

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’ libraries

graduate students handbook
Graduate Students Handbook

Details of Graduate Programs

Admission requirements

Academic and non-academic policies

Degree requirements


student support
Student Support

Student Organizations


Student Services

Writing Center //


Counseling Center //

International student services

Can provide small loans

other sources of information
MIME Web Page

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.

Other Sources of Information