About the Department
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan consists of 24 faculty, and 8 administrative and technical staff members. The department is one of the four departments in the College of Engineering, along with the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is also connected to interdisciplinary programs on campus including the Divisions of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The College of Engineering began in 1912.
Our undergraduate program has been fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board since the beginning of the accreditation program in 1965. This allows graduates of the program to apply for registration as Professional Engineers in all provinces of Canada, after obtaining acceptable engineering experience. Undergraduate students begin specialization in Mechanical Engineering at the beginning of the second year of their four year program, after completing their first year in the general engineering program. Undergraduate enrolment in the department in the final three years totals approximately 300.
The department offers graduate programs at the M.Eng., M.Sc. and Ph.D level. Students work on research projects that range from fundamental investigations to applied research aimed at solving current industrial problems. Graduate student enrolment is approximately 100 students. Many of our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate research assistants are involved in research with partners within Saskatchewan, across Canada, and around the world.
The department also maintains strong links with our partners in industry, government and other organizations through their participation in our second and fourth year design project courses.
Since you are required to have a supervisor before you will be accepted as a graduate student, we have developed a pre-qualification application to help you find a supervisor. You are required to complete a pre-qualification application before submitting a formal application (You will receive an invitation to submit a formal application if your pre-qualification application is successful).
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). In the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, graduate students complete course work, and conduct thesis research under the supervision of a faculty member. M.Eng. students complete course work and a project. Graduate student enrollment is approximately 100 students, and about half of our students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Our graduate program is one of the largest on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
The information contained here is of interest to currently registered graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. For further information, or to answer any questions, students should contact their supervisor, the Graduate Secretary or the Graduate Chair.
Further information can also be found in the College of Graduate Studies Academic Information and Policies.
Academic integrity in research and scholarship is a core value of the graduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The University of Saskatchewan's policies on academic and integrity are described on the university's Academic Integrity Website.
New Mechanical Engineering graduate students must sign a Declaration of Academic Integrity before beginning their graduate program. By signing this declaration, students are also signifying that they have read and understood the following documents:
- the university's definitions of Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct,
- the Principles and Responsibilities for researchers, as outlined in the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, and
- the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) Code of Ethics (Section 20 of the Geoscience Professions Regulatory Bylaws, which can be found on the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) website http://www.apegs.ca/Portal/Sites-Management/FileDownload/DataDownload/32542/Regulatory%20Bylaws-revised%20June%202016/pdf/1/1033).
The University of Saskatchewan and the College of Graduate Studies and Research have clear guidelines, policies and procedures for dealing with cases of academic misconduct. Information on these policies can be found at the following websites.
- What Happens if a Student is Caught Cheating?
- University of Saskatchewan Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct
- College of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies Policy and Procedure Manual (Section 18.3 deals specifically with Academic Integrity and Misconduct)
Academic Support Services
The University Learning Centre offers a number of programs and services to assist graduate students. These include writing and study skills workshops, assistance with editing and on-line resources. A quick overview of their services can be found on the ULC website.
The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness hosts an annual teaching orientation session each fall, and puts on workshops and courses throughout the year. They also offer Instructional Skills for Graduate Students and Introduction to University Teaching courses. Graduate students who will be serving as teaching assistants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these workshops, resources and courses, especially if they are interested in pursuing an academic career after graduation.
The University Library has a number of on-line resources, which can assist graduate students in their courses and thesis research.
The University also offers Health and Counseling Services to students.
All M.Sc. and Ph.D. students have an Advisory Committee. A M.Sc. Advisory Committee consists of a student’s supervisor(s) and two other faculty members, who are typically also from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A Ph.D. Advisory Committee consists of a student’s supervisor(s) and three other faculty members, at least one of which (the Cognate Member) is from another department on campus. An Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled at least once each year to evaluate the student's progress. Any member of the Advisory Committee, as well as the student, can also request a meeting of the Advisory Committee.
Application to Graduate and Convocation
Information on how to apply to graduate, and Spring and Fall Convocations is available online.
Students are encouraged to consult the University’s Arrival Guide for important information on the University, as well as getting settled in Saskatoon.
Confirmation of Enrolment Letters
If you need a letter to confirm enrolment (e.g., when applying for or renewing your Social Insurance Number, renewing your Canadian Study Permit or applying for Permanent Resident status), you must email your request to the Graduate Secretary, giving her at least one week’s notice. Your request MUST include the name and address of the recipient of the letter, and ALL of the information that you would like included in the letter. You will be contacted by the Graduate Secretary by email once the letter is ready to pick up.
M.Sc. and Ph.D. students must successfully complete an oral defence of their thesis. Information on procedures for the oral defence is available on the College of Graduate Studies and Research’s website. Additional information on the preparation of graduate theses in our department can be found on the Graduate Theses portion of our website (add link to this part).
The Department of Mechanical Engineering main office is located in Room 3B48 of the Engineering Building. The Graduate Secretary is located in room 2B60.
The University of Saskatchewan provides e-mail service to all students, in the format of the student's NSID + @mail.usask.ca (such as email@example.com). The University of Saskatchewan uses this e-mail service for official communications with students. Current students should note that all e-mail communications from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be sent to their @mail.usask.ca addresses only. It is the account holder's responsibility to ensure that e-mail received at his/her official University address is attended to in a timely manner.
Further information is given in the University of Saskatchewan's Policy on Electronic Mail.
Engineering Computer Centre
The Engineering Computer Centre (ECC) is located within the Engineering Building. The ECC provides computer hardware and software support to students, faculty and staff within the College of Engineering. Assistance with University computer accounts can be obtained through the ECC or Information Technology Services. The University also operates the Campus Computer Store, which is located on the lower level of Place Riel.
The Engineering Library is located within the Engineering Building, making it easily accessible to graduate students. Students are encouraged to contact the Head of the Engineering Library at any time to arrange individual or group instruction on how to make use of the library's resources.
Graduate Secretary, Graduate Chair and Department Head
Graduate students who have questions about their programs should first contact their supervisor. Your supervisor may be refer you to the Graduate Secretary, Graduate Chair, Department Head or College of Graduate Studies and Research.
The Graduate Secretary can assist you with your questions about registration and department policies and procedures. The Graduate Secretary is also responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the graduate program (e.g., graduate student desks), maintaining student files, processing applications, and setting up advisory committee meetings and thesis defences.
The Graduate Chair can assist you with your questions about your academic program. The Graduate Chair directs the graduate program, chairs the department’s Graduate Studies Committee, represents the department’s graduate program at Graduate Council and within the College of Engineering, sets policies and procedures, and approves recommendations for admissions, transfers, extensions, awarding of degrees and scheduling exams and defences. These recommendations are forwarded to the College of Graduate Studies and Research for approval.
The Department Head is responsible for the overall administration of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Graduate Students Association (GSA)
All graduate students are automatically members of the University’s Graduate Students Association (GSA). More information on the GSA’s services and activities can be found on the GSA website.
International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC)
The International Student and Study Abroad Centre provides assistance and support to international graduate students and their families. They can assist graduate students who have questions about immigration, housing, finances and accessing University services. The ISSAC is located in the lower level of Place Riel. More information is available on the ISSAC website.
Laboratory Safety Courses
All graduate students in the department MUST complete the Laboratory Safety and Safety Orientation for Employees Courses offered by Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection (WSEP) during their first term of registration. Depending on their area of research, students may be required to complete additional safety courses. Completion of any required safety courses is required in order to remain in satisfactory academic standing in the department. Furthermore, completion of the course is a statutory requirement for all graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Students are responsible for bringing the certificate of completion from any required safety courses to the Graduate Secretary so that a photocopy can be included in their file.
The Department has also developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that outlines the basic safety requirements of everyone doing (or supervising) work in Department laboratories. All graduate students MUST read this SOP and sign the official paper copy, which is located in the main department office.
More information on safety at the University of Saskatchewan can be found on the following websites:
- Department of Mechanical Engineering safety website
- Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection (WSEP)
- WSEP Course Registration
- Engineering Building Evacuation Procedures
Mailboxes for graduate students are located in Room 2B39. Students should check their mailbox regularly.
Graduate student office space is available in several research labs (desks are assigned by a student's supervisor) or in dedicated office space on the third floor of the Engineering Building. New students need to submit a completed Desk Application Form to the Graduate Secretary, to obtain a desk and keys. As there are a very limited number of desks available, students may not get a desk for the first several months of their program. Building keys and lockers for graduate students are also available through the College of Engineering (please see Gwen Jones in the Graham Centre, Room 2A20).
Social Insurance Number, Study Permit and Other Documents
All Students who will be receiving financial support (e.g., a Graduate Stipend, Scholarship, Teaching Assistantship) must apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card. Please see the Graduate Secretary for the SIN application form.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their Study Permit, Social Insurance Number card, Student Visa and Passport remain valid during their entire graduate program. Students should apply for renewals several months in advance and must not let these documents expire or their immigration status may be in danger. Each time one of these documents is renewed, students must bring a copy to the Graduate Secretary so that a copy can be placed in your file and a copy can be sent to Human Resources to keep their file current. This is very important.
The department offers graduate-level (800-numbered) courses primarily during Term 1 (September - December) and Term 2 (January - April). A few graduate courses may be offered during the Spring/Summer term (May - August). Graduate course descriptions can be found in the University Course Catalogue. Not all courses listed in the Calendar are offered in a given academic year, and some graduate courses are only offered once every few years. Students can find the list of courses that will be offered each year on the course offerings portion of the University website. The department also emails this information to students and posts a copy on the graduate studies bulletin board outside of 2B39.
M.Sc. and M.Eng. students are also permitted to take senior undergraduate courses as part of their required coursework for their degrees. With permission of their Supervisor(s) and Advisory Committee, M.Sc. students may take one senior undergraduate course as part of their five required courses, while M.Eng. students may take up to two senior undergraduate courses as part of their eight required courses. Please see the department website for further information on senior undergraduate courses. Students should note that some of these courses may have specific prerequisites and registration limits.
To be given permission to register for courses, a student must obtain a Graduate Class Permission Form and have this form signed by both their course instructors and supervisor. For late registration or to register for an undergraduate course, the student must submit a Class Permit/Override Form. No approval is needed to register for ME 990, ME 992, ME 994, and ME 996.
The University’s Student and Enrolment Services Division are responsible for registration and fee assessment for graduate students, in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies and Research. All graduate students must register for courses through PAWS.
Graduate students who do not maintain their registration will be Required to Discontinue (RTD) from their program as per the policy of the College. A RTD is an academic penalty which is part of the permanent student record and appears on the official transcript.
Besides graduate courses taken for credit, graduate students must register for the graduate seminar course (ME 990) and a thesis or project course (ME 992 or ME 994 or ME 996). Please see the table below for more information as to which terms students must register for these courses.
Auditing a class is only permitted in special circumstances and must be approved by a student's Advisory Committee. To be eligible to audit a class, the student must submit a Permission to Audit and/or Change of Audit/Credit Status Form; this form must be signed by the Instructor and the Graduate Chair.
ME 990 Graduate Seminar
All mechanical engineering graduate students in a degree program must register in the ME 990 Graduate Seminar course, and are required to attend and to participate in the discussions. M.Sc. students are required to give one ME 990 seminar during their program, while Ph.D. students are required to give two ME 990 seminars during their program. Ph.D. students may receive credit for one of their two ME 990 seminars by presenting a paper at an external research conference.
Information on the seminar program will be sent by email to graduate students at the beginning of the Fall and Winter terms. The Department of Mechanical Engineering presents annual Seminar Awards for the best graduate student seminars.
GSR 960, GSR 961, GSR 962
All graduate students are required to complete GSR 960. Students must also complete GSR 961 or GSR 962, if their thesis research involves human or animal subjects. More information about these courses can be found on the GSR Classes portion of the College of Graduate Studies and Research website.
Information for Current Graduate Students
When preparing your thesis, please refer to the guidelines for thesis organization, format and style provided by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Further information can be found on the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) portion of this site. The ETD portion of the website provides a link to a Thesis Template for Microsoft Word which can be used for preparing your thesis. Instructions for using the template are also provided. If you are using Microsoft Word to write your thesis, use of this template is recommended to ensure that your thesis meets the organization, format and style standards of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Your Supervisor(s) and Advisory Committee may also have some recommendations on the organization, format and style of your thesis, which should be communicated to you when you are given approval to begin writing your thesis. Both the traditional thesis format and the manuscript-style thesis format are permitted. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has adopted specific guidelines for manuscript-style theses.
The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) requires all M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to submit an electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD). Supervisors may still require a bound copy of a thesis. Provision can be made for restricting access completely or restricting access to on-campus users only for one year, with the possibility of up to two one-year extensions. These restrictions must be requested and agreed to by both the student and the supervisor. Requests for extensions of the restrictions must be made well in advance of the release date.
- Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (from Virginia Tech)
Thesis DatabasesThe University of Saskatchewan Library maintains a fully searchable database of electronic theses and dissertations. To find a thesis from a previous graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit the University of Saskatchewan Electronic Theses & Dissertations Site and search by department.
- Theses from all Canadian universities in all disciplines can be found at the Theses Canada (Library and Archives Canada) website.
Research in the department ranges from fundamental investigations intended to advance theoretical understanding to practical studies intended to solve current industrial and societal problems. Research is supported by over 100 highly qualified personnel (graduate students, summer students, postdoctoral fellows, research engineers, research associates and visiting professors).
A significant number of the research projects in the department involve industrial, government, community and other partners who provide funding, expertise, and access to special research facilities. Partner organizations are based in Saskatchewan, across Canada, and around the world. Faculty members are also active in professional associations, technical societies and editorial boards.
Faculty members pursue research in seven broad areas within mechanical engineering.
- Biomedical Implants
- Biomedical Signal and Image processing and Analysis
- Bionetwork Analysis
- Bone, cartilage, and Soft Tissue
- Drug Target Identification
- Imaging, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis
- Tissue Engineering
- Air Quality and Environment Control
- Building Science
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Emission and Dispersion Monitoring and Modelling
- Experimental Fluid Dynamics (Aerodynamics, Particle Image Velocimetry, Wind Tunnel Testing)
- Experimental and Numerical Heat Transfer
- Fluid-structure Interaction
- Fire Science and Thermal Protective Clothing
- HVAC Systems, Heat and Energy Exchangers
- Adiabatic Shear Bands
- Ballistic Impact Testing
- Composites: Polymer Matrix and Carbon/Carbon Composites
- Deformation and Failure Analysis
- Friction Wear and Corrosion,
- Material Characterization and Testing
- Material Processing
- Nanocrystalline Materials
- Nanostructured Thin Films/Coatings
- Natural Fibres and Biomaterials
- Physical Metallurgy; Ferrous, Aluminum and Magnesium Alloys
- Plasma andIon Beam Deposition and Etching
News and Events
- All Graduate Students MUST take the University of Saskatchewan Laboratory Safety Course within their FIRST term of registration. Failure to do so can result in the student being "required to discontinue" their program.
- All people (students, staff, faculty, regardless of discipline) who are using Mechanical Engineering facilities or equipment are required to read, understand and sign ME0001 - Mechanical Engineering Department Requirements. The OFFICIAL hardcopy of this document is kept in room 3B48 and MUST be signed at that location.
- In addition to the training requirements listed in ME0001, local safety or site specific safety training may be required (see the appropriate Departmental Assistant and/or your Faculty Supervisor).
- The University's Workplace Responsibilities System outlines the obligations for University employees (including Graduate Students) according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations.
- University Policies on working alone/after hours must be followed and the form found here must be submitted.
- Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn in laboratories.
- NO unlabelled substances are permitted in the laboratories.
- All Chemical spills or near-miss incidents MUST be reported to the Departmental Assistant and/or your Faculty Supervisor and the appropriate paperwork completed.
- It is the researcher's responsibility to BACK UP their own data. Data left on department computers may be deleted without warning should the computer need rebuilding.
- Everyone should be aware of their "right to refuse" any work that they feel is unsafe and information/documentation cannot be provided to prove that the work is being conducted in a safe manner.
- All documents provided on this or related web pages are for reference only, the official documents are the hard copies found in the locations indicated. All material printed from this or related web pages cannot be gauranteed to be up to date.
- Laboratory access is a priviledge, those who repeatedly neglect safety will lose lab access and their ability to conduct experimental research.