Welcome, prospective PhD students! We invite you to join our community of mechanical engineers at Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering. With a mechanical engineering graduate program ranked 16th among public university peers by U.S. News & World Report, our program is one of the top-ranked in the nation. We offer paths to customize your degree in support of your unique interests and career goals, a variety of specialty courses taught by experts in the field, entrepreneurship resources and events like New Venture Challenge, and opportunities for high-impact research in air quality, biomedical, materials, mechanics of materials, micro/nanoscale, robotics and systems design, and thermo fluid sciences.
We offer funding to all PhD applicants whom we admit. Our department anticipates extending full funding to about 70 Fall 2024 PhD applicants. Funding includes:
- a graduate student salary,
- tuition remission,
- mandatory student fees, and
- 91% health insurance coverage.
In your first year, you will be funded by the department as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for one semester and as a Research Assistant (RA) for the other semester, which enables you to find a research lab and to practice working in a classroom setting. Faculty with alternate sources of funding may petition the department to waive the TA requirement for first year students in their lab. In your second year and beyond, you will be funded by a research advisor as an RA or through other fellowships, pending reasonable research progress and academic performance. If your research advisor has a funding gap, they can apply to the department for gap funding. This way, students have a safety net so that they can continue to be funded throughout their PhD program.
To receive full consideration, you must submit all application items for a fall program start by the following deadlines:
- International applicant deadline: December 1 by 10:00 p.m. MST
- Domestic applicant deadline: December 15 by 10:00 p.m. MST
Tier-One Research & National Lab Access
As a mechanical engineering graduate student at CU Boulder, you will get to conduct groundbreaking tier-one research. Boulder is also home to a variety of well-known companies and labs doing research and development. Our faculty researchers and their research groups regularly collaborate with scientists at federal research labs that are located in the Boulder/Denver area, including the following:
- National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
- National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
We aim to educate and nurture the next generation of socially conscious and deeply knowledgeable engineers, scientists, and problem-solvers with high-quality instruction, project-based learning, and cutting-edge research. The Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to over 60 faculty members conducting both fundamental and applied research in the following areas:
We encourage you to review our Research Overview Slides to learn more about our faculty members and their unique capabilities and areas of expertise.
Our graduate community is truly special. You will join a multicultural graduate program that includes faculty, staff, and students from all over the world. Our faculty, staff, and student leaders will frequently advertise community events and professional development activities to support you and your unique experience. You will also have access to seminars, colloquia, and workshops delivered by notable engineering leaders in education, research, and industry.
Our graduate program leadership is committed to cultivating an environment of respect and belonging. We actively partner with our graduate student-led organizations, including the Committee for Equity in Mechanical Engineering (CEME), our K-12 outreach student organizers, and the Graduate Engineering Annual Research and Recruitment Symposium (GEARRS) committee. If you join us in Boulder, we hope that you will particiate in of these groups; they are a great way to make lifelong friends and to contribute to our graduate program's unique and supportive culture.