Colorado School of Mines, Division of Engineering Systems

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Colorado School of Mines
Division of Engineering Systems

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Division of Engineering
1610 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA

Phone: 1-303-273-3650
Fax: 1-303-273-3602

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Colorado School of Mines
Program Overview  
The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Division of Engineering offers a multidisciplinary graduate program in Engineering with a specialization in one of 3 disciplines - civil, electrical or mechanical engineering. Students may also choose a more interdisciplinary degree with a specialty title of Engineering Systems. Designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills and research expertise to take leadership roles in the engineering communities of the 21st century, the Division of Engineering's graduate program offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Students pursuing these degrees may concentrate their studies in sensing, communications and control; geotechnical engineering; material mechanics; energy systems and power electronics; structural engineering; or fluid mechanics and thermal sciences.

Candidates for the MS degree must complete 24 semester hours of coursework and at least 6 hours of thesis research. The successful defense of a thesis based on original research is also required. Students may also earn a non-thesis Master of Science degree. This program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework.

The PhD degree requires at least 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, with at least 24 credit hours devoted to original research on a thesis that makes a fundamental contribution to the engineering field. Minor programs of at least 12 credit hours, which further the interdisciplinary concept of Engineering Systems, are required for doctoral students, who must also pass a qualifying examination within the first three semesters of enrollment.

Applicants to the MS and PhD programs in Engineering Systems must have earned a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical science or math from an ABET-accredited program or equivalent four-year engineering program, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. GRE scores of 650 (quantitative) are also required.

Applications for admission must include two official sets of transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a statement of goals, and the application fee. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computerized version.

  • Unique interdisciplinary program in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as engineering science
  • Students may concentrate their studies in one of six research areas
  • Assistantships and fellowships available
Program Facts  
Program Founded 1994
Program Start Dates August, January
Expected Length Master's 2 - 3 years
Expected Length PhD 5 years
# of Faculty 36
% Highest Degree in Field 100%
# Endowed Chairs/Profs 3
Annual Research Funding US$2,000,000
Study Options  
" assistantship
" part-time study

Student Profile - Masters  
Students Applied/yr 55
Students Accepted/yr 53
Students Enrolled/yr 30
Total Program Enrollment 52
# of International Students 4
Student Profile - Doctorate  
Students Applied/yr 18
Students Accepted/yr 18
Students Enrolled/yr 11
Total Program Enrollment 27
# of International Students 11
Admissions at a Glance  
Application Fee $50 online domestic application; $100 paper application; $70 international online application.
GRE Score required
Domestic Student Application Deadlines:
Jan 15 fall - financial consideration; Jul 1 fall - final; Nov 1 spring - final
International Student Application Deadlines:
Jan 15 fall - financial consideration; Apr 1 fall - final; Sept 1 spring - final
Minimum English Requirements:
TOEFL 550 (pbt), 213 (cbt), 79 (ibt)
Annual Expenses (in US$)  
In-State Student Tuition:  
Master's $9,801
PhD $9,810
Out-of-State Student Tuition:  
Master's $23,814
PhD $23,814
International Student Tuition:  
Master's $23,814
PhD $23,814
Expenses and Financial Support  
Graduate Fellowships are awarded by merit to assist students with tuition, research and living expenses.

Research assistantships allow students an opportunity to do research supported by funds from sponsored projects; the terms of these appointments and the qualifications for them depend on the sponsoring agency and the faculty member.

Teaching assistantships are normally reserved for full-time degree students who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Awarding of support is done during the admissions review process and new students are encouraged to apply early since competition for these funds is high.

Buildings and Facilities  
The Division of Engineering shares joint facilities with the other CSM departments and is a member of the Colorado Supernet, a gateway to other regional and national universities. In addition to these campus-wide facilities, Division of Engineering students have access to both experimental and computer simulation labs, the Laboratory for Intelligent Automated Systems, the Combustions and Emissions Research Laboratory, the Computer Vision Laboratory, the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, the Intelligent Structures Laboratory, the Particulate Science and Technology Laboratory, the Signal Processing Laboratory, the Joint USGS/CSM Soils Research Laboratory, the Chemically Reacting Flow Modeling and Simulation Laboratory, the Laboratory for Applied Mechanics and Materials Modeling, and the Geomechanics Research Laboratory.

International Students  
CSM has long had an international reputation. Students from nearly every nation have attended the university and alumni can be found all over the world.

The International Student Office (ISO) provides guidance and advice to international students, as well as services including a graduate student orientation, an international friendship program, English classes for students' spouses and a speakers' bureau. The ISO also processes required Immigration and Naturalization Service documentation for new students.

Various international organizations are active on campus, offering all students an opportunity to experience different cultures and helping students from those cultures adjust to life at CSM. International Day, hosted by the International Student Organization, contributes to the goal of mutual understanding among different cultures.

An Interlink Language Center is available on the CSM campus for students needing English language training.

Research Areas  
" Active, passive & hybrid vibration control
" Advanced materials processing
" Advanced sensing & automation
" Augmented reality
" Bridging of length scales
" Combustion-generated pollutant formation & abatement
" Combustion synthesis of materials
" Computational, numerical & analytical methods in geomechanics
" Coupled fluid & chemical transport
" Development of machine vision techniques
" Diagnostics & health monitoring for structures & systems
" Discrete element modeling of particulate systems
" Effect of mechanical loading on transport properties of multi-phase materials
" Electro-magneto-acoustic transducers
" Experimental & theoretical investigation on coupled phenomenon
" Flow & compaction of granular materials
" Fuzzy logic & neural network techniques in decision processing
" Geomechanics & environmental geotechnics
" Innovative design of high-rise buildings
" Intelligent electric power system control
" Intelligent diagnostics & predictive maintenance
" Mechanics & materials
" New sensors for real time NOx control
" Optical diagnostics
" Optical fiber-based in-situ sensor for health assessment of high voltage transformer
" Phase transitions & recrystallization
" Power systems
" Reliability analysis of large-scale engineering systems
" Stochastic finite element modeling of heterogeneous soils
" Structural dynamics
" Thermal systems
" Wave phenomena

  • Ammerman, R. MS, Colorado
  • Bach, J. PhD, California-Davis
  • Berger, J. PhD, Maryland
  • Braun, R. PhD, Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ciobanu, C. PhD, Brown
  • Coad, C. MS, California-Berkeley
  • Crocker, J. PhD, Utah
  • Griffiths, D. PhD, DSc, Manchester
  • Grover, T. PhD, California-Berkeley
  • Gutierrez, M. PhD, Tokyo
  • Hoff, W. PhD, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Johnson, K. PhD, Colorado-Boulder
  • Kee, R. PhD, California-Davis
  • King, R. PhD, Pennsylvania State
  • Kiousis, P. PhD, Louisiana State
  • Lu, N. PhD, Johns Hopkins
  • Mooney, M. PhD, Northwestern
  • Moore, K. PhD, Texas A & M
  • Munoz, D. PhD, Purdue
  • Papas, P. PhD, Princeton
  • Parker, T. PhD, California-Berkeley
  • Petrella, A. PhD, Pittsburgh
  • Simoes, M. PhD, Sao Paolo
  • Skokan, C. PhD, Colorado School of Mines
  • Steele, J. PhD, New Mexico
  • Sullivan, N. PhD, Colorado
  • Sulzbach, C. BS, Colorado School of Mines
  • Suryanarayanan, S. PhD, Arizona State
  • Sutton, R. MBA, Colorado
  • Turner, C. PhD, Texas-Austin
  • Vincent, T. PhD, Michigan
  • Wakin, M. PhD, Rice
  • Wang, J. PhD, Case Western Reserve
  • Wayllace, A. PhD, Missorui-Columbia
  • Weiss, M. PhD, Colorado
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