Mechanical Engineering
Head: D. Kuhn
Campus Address/General Office: E2-327 Engineering Bldg
Telephone: (204) 474 6540
Fax: (204) 275 7507
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Mechanical Engineering Program Info

The graduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba is well-recognized amongst Mechanical Engineering Departments across and outside Canada. We are proud to deliver a world-class graduate experience leading to degrees in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). All programs are led by well-established professors and adjunct professors engaged with local industry or hospitals with interlocking specializations and the professors are actively engaged in fundamental and cutting edge research in various fields. Our graduate students have access to state of-the-art research facilities and we value the importance of challenging and relevant course work, effective supervision and high quality meaningful research.

Field of Research

Fluid Mechanics: Active research in this area is performed in turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flow with droplets and engineering calculations of fluid flow. Droplets vaporization and burning, premixed and non-premixed swirling and non- swirling turbulent flames, liquid-fuel -jet break-up and atomization, turbulent measurement and modelling, underwater kinetic turbines.

Thermal Sciences: Concerned with the application of heat and work to engineering problems. Active research is performed in two phase flow, pool boiling simulation, enhanced heat transfer, solid-liquid phase change, entropy analysis/optimization, combined heat transfer and heat transfer in porous media, acoustic wave propagation and supercritical flow stability, ocean hydrothermal energy and minerals research, super-critical properties of ocean hydrothermal fluids, runout table cooling in the steel processing industries.

Material Science and Engineering: Concerned with the behaviour of engineering materials. Active research is focused on deformation studies, joining of aerospace materials, acoustic emission, solidification and diffusion in microgravity, phase transformation in solids, wear and wear protection, processing of polymer composites, durability and interfaces in polymer composites.

Applied Mechanics and Design: Concerned with the analysis and conception of machine and structural components. Active research is performed in biomechanics, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue analysis, experimental stress analysis, vibrations and acoustics, kinematics and dynamics of linkage and mechanisms and computer aided design.

Manufacturing and Production: Concerned with analysis, design and operation of automated and feedback control systems. Active research is conducted in robotics, sensor technology, system integration, automatic controls, information systems, human-machine control systems, fluid power systems, teleoperation, virtual design and manufacturing, web-based manufacturing systems. Planning, design and operation of production using queuing theory, networks, scheduling, facilities planning and inventory planning models are also other areas of research.

Research Facilities

Typical research facilities are: Fully equipped facility for turbulence measurements; apparatus to study porosity and multiphase flow in porous media; laser-induced fluorescence capabilities; Unix workstations and several high resolution graphics terminals; apparatus for measurement of pressure drop and heat transfer; two-phase flow regimes during condensation and many more; computer controlled x-ray diffratometer, TEM, SEMs, optical image analyzer, mechanical testing systems, constant stress creep machines, Hopkinson bar high-strain rate deformation systems; corrosion testing and research facilities; photo stress plus system facilities related to processing and manufacture of polymeric composites; laser optics laboratory comprising a vibration-free optical bench; a 10 ton high frequency resonant fatigue machine; analog-digital facilities for the analysis of acoustic and vibration signals; advanced manufacturing cells under full control of personal computers; a rapid prototyping system with a SLA3500 Stereolithography machine; a teleoperated hydraulic MK-II Unimate manipulator; a hydraulic test station for force/motion control studies; a measurement system for human dynamics including a Qualysis motion measurement system with 4-CCD infra red cameras and 3 Kistler Force Plates, in-house designed and built bipedal walking robots and Electromyography (EMG) systems; high speed computer workstations for computational simulations, water and spray/wind tunnels with Particle Image Velocimetry and flow visualization, pulsed and continuous wave laser systems, high-pressure combustion test facility, subsonic wind-tunnel facility, 2D laser Doppler velocimetery (LDV) system, high-speed imaging system.

Mechanical Engineering Degrees


The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program mainly provides working engineers and internationally trained engineers an opportunity to continue their studies and specialize in an area of interest. Applicants must have a minimum of B.Sc. degree in Engineering. In exceptional cases, based on the candidate’s professional experience, this requirement may be waived by the department.

The minimum requirement for the award of the M.Eng. degree is 24 credit hours of coursework with at least nine credit hours at the 700/7000 level. Of the 24 credit hours, six credit hours will be assigned to an approved project and report (GRAD.7050, M.Eng. Project and Report). The maximum time allowed for completion of the degree requirements is six years.

All of the course work and the project proposal must by approved by the student's advisor.


Applicants are normally required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field from a recognized university. Applicants with other engineering degrees or with honours degrees in related areas may also be accepted at the discretion of the department. In certain cases (e.g., non-engineering graduates), acceptance may be subject to satisfying certain requirements. Contact the department for more information.

A minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework will be required with at least nine credit hours at the 700/7000 level as approved by the student’s advisor. The minimum time is one calendar year of full-time study and research and must be spent on campus. The maximum time limit is five years. All candidates for the M.Sc. degree are required to register in MECG 7890, (1 CH course) M.Sc. Graduate Research Seminar. The M.Sc. degree will not be awarded without a passing grade in MECG 7890.


Admission to the Ph.D. program is normally from the Master’s degree level. Master’s students making exceptional progress while enrolled in their program may be transferred to the Ph.D. program upon the consent of the department head based on recommendations from the student’s advisor and an appointed selection committee who investigate the student’s qualifications and suitability for Ph.D. study.

Minimum Program requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of the Calendar. All candidates of the Ph.D. are required to register in MECG 7900, (1 CH course) Ph.D. Graduate Research Seminar. The Ph.D. will not be awarded without a passing grade in MECG 7900. In addition, the department has supplementary regulations and students should consult with the department regarding Supplementary Regulations.

Application Deadlines

The Department of Mechanical Engineering allows graduate students to begin their program in January, May, July or September of each year. Canadian and US students should send their applications with supporting documentation directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no less than three (3) months before the intended start date. International students should send their applications no later than seven months (7) before the intended start date.