University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mechanical Engineering (MS/PhD) and Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Option (Grad Cert)

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We offer MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in mechanics, thermos-fluids, and materials and with applications in renewable energy and island sustainability. The department research areas include: renewable energy systems & sustainability, nanotechnology, corrosion, combustion, boiling and two-phase flow, control systems, dynamical systems, robotics, underwater vehicles, ocean and space science & exploration, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, multidisciplinary design and analysis optimization, and high-performance computing. Students specialize in a major track and have breadth outside the major track in ME. The program goals are to educate a new generation of mechanical engineers to meet the challenges of the future; create, develop, and disseminate new knowledge; and to promote a sense of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Applicants must have a BS degree in ME or its equivalent; otherwise, a set of undergraduate course requirements must be first met. Doctoral applicants must have an MS degree in ME or its equivalent; otherwise, the MS course requirements must be met. The Department has a Direct PhD Program which requires a BS degree in ME or equivalent.

WRGP applications will begin for fall 2018 enrollment. Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters, with priority deadlines posted at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Division website at:

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Lloyd H. Hihara
Professor & Graduate Chair
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2540 Dole Street, Holmes 302
Honolulu, HI  96822
(808) 956-7167

Degrees Available