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Code of Practice of Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination

Code of Practice of Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination

Amended and approved at the 295th faculty meeting, 10/12/2012

Amended and approved at the 290th faculty meeting, 04/13/2012

Amended and approved at the 289th faculty meeting, 03/09/2012

Amended and approved at the 264th faculty meeting, 11/13/2009

Amended and approved at the 263th faculty meeting, 10/09/2009

Amended and approved at the 256th faculty meeting, 01/09/2009

Amended and approved at the 250th faculty meeting, 06/13/2008

Amended and approved at the 232th faculty meeting, 09/22/2006

Amended and approved at the 221th faculty meeting, 07/08/2005

Amended and approved at the 199th faculty meeting, 11/14/2004

Amended and approved at the 188th faculty meeting, 12/13/2002

Amended and approved at the 148th faculty meeting, 10/08/1998

Approved at the faculty meeting, 11/07/1991

1. These rules are provided in accordance with the University’s “Regulations of the Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination” in order to ensure that the applicant posses adequate mastery of the mechanical engineering disciplines.

2. A Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination Committee should be formed to conduct the qualifying examinations. The members of the committee include the department chairman, the applicant’s advisor, and admission officers of all divisions. If the applicant’s advisor happens to be one of the admission officers, the department chairman must appoint an additional member from the faculty. The committee members must elect the committee chairperson from among the committee members themselves.

3. The tenure of the Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination Committee is one academic year.

4. Time: The qualifying examination will be held once every semester.

5. The applicant may pass the qualifying examination either by taking 3 elective core courses from an approved list according to the conditions stated in item 7 or by taking written examinations.

6. The elective core courses are divided into 5 professional groups. Each group has its own approved list:

Solid Mechanics: Theory of Elasticity, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Optimal Design, Vibration of Machine Structures, Quality Engineering Using Robust Design, Composite Materials, Robotics

Manufacturing: Manufacturing Analysis, Advanced Engineering Metrology, Theory & Application of Plasticity, Mechanical Properties of Materials, Computer Aided Design, Micro/Nano-fabrication Technology, Laser Material Processing, Advanced Tribology

Thermo-fluid: Laminar Flow Theory, Conduction Heat Transfer, Convective Heat Transfer, Turbulence, Gas dynamics

Control: Digital Control System, Linear System Theory, Nonlinear Control System, Computer Integrated Control Systems, Electric Machine Control, Optimal Control (I), Computer Vision with Applications in Home Security

Material: Phase Transformation, Metallurgical Thermodynamics, X-Ray Diffraction and Crystallography

7. In order to give the candidate the depth and breadth in his/her principal field of interest, the applicant must take two elective core courses from the above approved lists (at least one from the approved list of his/her own professional group) and be ranked the top one third of the class or obtain a grade of 85 points or higher. For the purpose of developing competence in an area different from the candidate’s principal field of interest, the applicant must take an elective core course from the approved list of groups other than his/her own professional group and be ranked the top one half of the class or obtain a grade of 80 points or higher. The applicant is deemed to pass the qualifying examination after the honorary completion of these three elective core courses.

8. If the applicant should fail to complete any one of the elective core course with the requirements listed in item 7, he must submit his application of retaking the same core course to the departmental office at the beginning of the next semester the course is offered again. The departmental office will notify the instructor in charge. The applicant must hand in the homework assignments and take the examinations as regular students, but the course will not be credited twice nor will the previous grade be changed. If the applicant is able to complete the course with the requirements listed in item 7 after retaking, the applicant is deemed to complete the course with honor.

9. The applicant may choose to pass the qualifying examination by taking written examinations of all the elective core courses or in part. The written examinations will be held twice a year in March and October, respectively. The applicant may apply for the written examinations of up to 3 elective core courses, and the passing grades are 70 points or higher.

10. The department chairman must appoint the instructor offering the elective core course to conduct the written examinations.

11. Format:

i. The written examination is a 120 minute examination for each subject.

ii. The written examination is a double-blind process where the graders and takers of the examinations are both anonymous.

12. If the applicant completed any one of the elective core courses in this department (no longer than 5 years) with honor prior to his admission into the PhD program, then the applicant does not have to retake the same course again.

13. Required Withdrawal: If the applicant is not able to pass the doctoral candidate qualifying examination within two years after his admission into PhD program, except those who are admitted directly into the PhD program before his/her completion of Master program may appeal to continue his/her Master program, he will be required to withdraw from the University.

14. These rules and amendments thereof must be approved by the faculty meeting and will be effective immediately after announcement.

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