Computational Engineering Track

The CME track of the Interdisciplinary Engineering program takes advantage of UAB's diversified Schools of Engineering, Public Health, Dentistry, and Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences to produce Ph.D. candidates cross-trained in computational engineering from a variety of disciplines. The program provides students in-depth foundation and innovation opportunities in interdisciplinary aspects of enabling technologies - geometry generation and computer aided geometry design, mesh generation and adaptation, visualization, augmented reality and virtual reality, image processing and pattern recognition, design optimization, computational fluid dynamics, computational structural mechanics, high performance and parallel computing, and molecular dynamics applicable to disparate time and length-scale problems encountered in biomedical, biology, medicine and surgery, physics and biophysics, manufacturing, combustion, aeronautics and astronautics, and energy, environment and power.

Core Coursework

The core curriculum for the CME track includes 6 hours of Interdisciplinary Engineering core program courses and continuous enrollment in Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club. In EGR 710 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Engineering, students are introduced to current trends and cutting-edge research in areas related to engineering that require interdisciplinary approaches. The EGR 711 Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research course presents a more detailed perspective on methods of approach for interdisciplinary problems, including experimental design, laboratory experimentation, physical modeling, simulation, and analysis. Students are expected to remain continuously enrolled in EGR 796 Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club (fall and spring semesters) while they remain in the CME track. Because students are engaged in research throughout several departments, this regular meeting is important to maintain cohesion within the group and to encourage exchange of ideas from a variety of perspectives.

Elective Coursework

In addition to the two core courses, a minimum of 42 hours of coursework is required for post-baccalaureate students. Course selection is based on the research and career goals of the student, and curricula will vary between students. Students are guided by their faculty mentor (graduate study committee chair) and a graduate study committee composed of faculty representing an interdisciplinary team in the student's area of research interest. The coursework must include courses from at least two disciplines. These courses are usually taken in Computer and Information Science, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Biochemistry, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Medicine. In keeping with UAB Graduate School policy, up to 16 credits of the 42 hours can be as non-dissertation research credits, and up to 10 credits can be as lab rotations, seminars, or directed study credits.

Dissertation Research

This work will be completed under the guidance of the student's faculty mentor (graduate study committee chair). Doctoral students must satisfy one of the following: must complete at least two semesters in candidacy and accumulate at least 24 semester credit hours in 799 dissertation research OR must complete at least two semesters as a student in candidacy and have accumulated at least 12 semester credit hours in other appropriate research-based coursework, which has been approved by the graduate student's program. Courses which have been previously applied toward meeting the requirements of another degree are not eligible to satisfy the research credit requirement.  An approved 6 credit hour internship may be substituted for 6 of the required dissertation research hours.

Example Curriculum

An example curriculum by semester for the CME track is below. Actual curricula will vary with student's research interest and undergraduate background.

Fall Semester

  • EGR 710 (3 hrs) Introduction to Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • ME 567 (3 hrs) Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
  • ME 750 (3 hrs) Transport Phenomena
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • EGR 711 (3 hrs) Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research
  • ME 568 (3 hrs) Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
  • ME 565 (3 hrs) Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • ME 578 (3 hrs) Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
  • ME 713 (3 hrs) Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 798 (3 hrs) Non-Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • EPI 709 (3 hrs) Theoretical Basis of Epidemiology
  • ME 780 (3 hrs) Numerical Mesh Generation
  • ME 798 (3 hrs) Non-Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • ME 781 (3 hrs) Computational Structural Mechanics
  • EPI 713 (3 hrs) Risk Assessment of Environmental Hazards
  • ME 798 (3 hrs) Non-Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • ME 799 (6 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EPI 788 (3 hrs) Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • ME 799 (9 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • ME 799 (9 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Abbreviations

  • EGR - General Engineering
  • EPI - Epidemiology
  • ME - Mechanical Engineering