University of California, Merced - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: University of California, Merced
Mailing Address: 5200 North Lake Road
City: Merced
State: CA
Postal Code: 95343
Country: United States
Phone 209-228-4021
Fax: 209-228-4047
Website: http://engineering.ucmerced.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution:
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus RURAL

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: No
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Merced
This city's population (approx.): 81,000
Distance from Main Campus: 2

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 6,815
Total Graduate enrollment: 521
Total Professional and other enrollment:

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Natural sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

High School Diploma or GED.

To be considered for admission to the University of California, minimum requirements include:

Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (A-G courses), with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of the senior year.

(A. History/Social Science 2 years, B. English 4 years, C. Math 3 years, D. Lab Science 2 years, E. Foreign Language 2 years, F. College Preparatory Electives 1 year, G. Visual and Performing Arts, 1 year.)
Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 for nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.

Examination requirement: ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of the senior year.

Recommendations

Recommended are 18 A-G courses, (A. History/Social Science 2 years, B. English 4 years, C. Math 4 years, D. Lab Science 3 years, E. Foreign Language 3 years, F. College Preparatory Electives 1 year, G. Visual and Performing Arts 1 year)

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Mark Matsumoto
Engineering
University of California, Merced
5200 N Lake Rd
Merced, CA 95343
Phone: 209-228-4021
Fax: 209-228-4047
mmatsumoto@ucmerced.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Bioengineering Both Wei-Chun Chin Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Both Mukesh Singhal Computer Science (inside engineering)
Environmental Engineering Both Thomas Harmon Environmental Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Christopher Viney Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Both Yanbao Ma Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Undergraduate Engineering (General)

Engineering Information

Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Computer Science (inside engineering) INUNIV Joshua Viers
Sierra Nevada Research Institute Environmental Engineering INUNIV Roger Bales
UC SOLAR Environmental Engineering INUNIV Roland Winston
UC WATER Civil/Environmental Engineering INUNIV Roger Bales

Engineering Information

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Bioengineering Bioengineering B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Computer Science and Engineering B.S. Computer Science (inside engineering)
Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering B.S. Environmental Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Materials Science and Engineering B.S. Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering B.S. Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Undeclared Engineering Engineering (General)

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Bioengineering Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis M.S. Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emphasis M.S. Electrical/Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering Environmental Systems M.S. Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering M.S. Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Bioengineering Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Empahsis Ph.D. Electrical/Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering Environmental Systems Ph.D. Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Bioengineering
  1. Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Biological/physiological Modeling and Control
  3. Tissue Engineering
  4. Biomedical Imaging
  5. Microfabrication
Computer Science and Engineering
  1. Robotics and Automation
  2. Security
  3. Computer Networks
  4. Graphics and Visualization
  5. Computer Vision
  6. Informatics
  7. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Environmental Engineering
  1. Hydrology
  2. Water Quality
  3. Air Pollution
  4. Sustainable Energy
Materials Science and Engineering
  1. Materials chemistry (nanomaterials, colloids, self-assembly)
  2. 2-D materials
  3. Polymers
  4. Stimuli-responsive materials
  5. Porous and lightweight materials
  6. Multi-scale computational modeling and mechanical properties of materials
  7. Bio-inspired materials
  8. Soft materials
  9. Electron microscopy and microanalysis
  10. Integration of research, teaching and community engagement
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Advanced Dynamics
  2. Modern Control Systems
  3. Continuum Mechanics
  4. Design and Manufacturing
  5. Viscous Flows
  6. Tribology
  7. Radiative Transfer

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • ACM
  • AIAA
  • ASME
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Materials Research Society
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

Local Groups

  • Robotics Society
  • Vanguard

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

STEM Resource Center - The STEM Resource Center is building a learning community to enhance academic and social experiences for UC Merced undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. We work with students individually to help them flourish in intellectual endeavors and take personal responsibility for their own successes. We support students in finding research and internship opportunities and building lifelong skills needed for advancement and leadership in STEM careers.

Bright Success Center - Feeling the stress of mid-terms? Need help with time management? Need help writing that paper? The Bright Success Center is here with a wide array of services and programs to meet almost any student need.

Engineering Service Learning â€" Leave a lasting impact on your community and gain valuable hands-on experience through the Engineering Service Learning course. Students enrolled in Engineering Service Learning (ENGR 097/197) course work on multi-disciplinary teams to solve design challenges faced by local non-profit organizations and gain experience while developing hands-on professional and technical skills. Project teams are staffed and lead by students providing a real-word opportunity for leadership development.

Center for Career and Professional Advancement - Career development is a life-long process of exploration and decision-making. We, at the Center for Career & Professional Advancement (CCPA) at the University of California, Merced empower students and alumni to reach their full potential by offering services in career development, experiential education, employment and graduate school.

To successfully accomplish this mission, the CCPA continuously fosters partnerships with employers, staff, administration and the greater community.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center - The UROC Scholar community is for high-achieving, motivated students who want to prepare for and excel in graduate school. Scholars take their academic work seriously, work hard to maintain good grades, and are actively engaged in faculty mentored research opportunities. UROC Scholars are expected to represent the ideals of academic excellence by achieving to the best of their abilities and engaging in enriching academic and professional experiences throughout their undergraduate careers.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

The Mobile App Challenge, managed through CITRIS at UC Merced, encourages students to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Team projects take one of two forms:
• Apps inspired by five focus areas: healthcare, energy, the environment, education and civic engagement. Teams are asked to design apps that support some of CITRIS's main goals and help better the world. 
• Other teams showcase their projects from the Software Engineering CSE 120 course, such as games that can be played on smart phones and tablets.

The Innovation Design Clinic (IDC) challenges UC Merced’s engineering students to become entrepreneurs of their knowledge, skills and research applications.
Partner organizations and/or corporations play a vital role by helping student gain real-world experience and skills that will carry them into their future careers, while the partners also get solutions to their own engineering needs.
The IDC provides UC Merced's graduating seniors opportunities to learn and contribute on teams that include practicing engineers and other professionals from partner and sponsoring organizations. 
The IDC teams focus on engineering design projects chosen based on their potential for significant near-term effects on communities, organizations and/or industries in the region. The program integrates students from the entrepreneurship course in the Gallo Management Program to infuse an economic development mindset in the context of global market potential. The commitment of the teams and partners, combined with the richness and intensity of the Innovate to Grow competition, greatly enhances the traditional capstone experience.
Through the IDC, classroom learning and students' research activity are coordinated with real-world design projects developed with partner organizations and/or industries to help share diverse approaches to designing and building solutions that fulfill client-based objectives. IDC partners contribute sponsorships of $25,000 per year to the program's operation, and each project sponsor’s involvement ranges from providing funds to engaging students in industry experiences.
We seek opportunities for engineering and management students with partner organizations and industries to collaborate, discover solutions to common problems, create and streamline networking, and increase both radical and incremental innovation.
As industries and organizations become increasingly knowledge based, and as products, processes and business systems become more complex, UC Merced engineering students are becoming an essential part of industry and are contributing to regional economic, social and cultural growth.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Bioengineering 2 2 1 5
Computer Science and Engineering 3 5 2 10
Environmental Engineering 4 4 0 8
Materials Science and Engineering 1 2 3 6
Mechanical Engineering 2 4 5 11
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0
Totals: 12 17 11 40

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Bioengineering 0 0 0 0.00
Computer Science and Engineering 2 1 3 2.25
Environmental Engineering 1 1 2 1.33
Materials Science and Engineering 0 1 1 0.67
Mechanical Engineering 1 5 6 3.42
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 4 8 12 7.67

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Bioengineering 4 0 4 4.00
Computer Science and Engineering 1 0 1 1.00
Environmental Engineering 3 1 4 3.10
Materials Science and Engineering 0 1 1 0.44
Mechanical Engineering 5 6 11 6.97
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 13 8 21 15.51

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioengineering 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Computer Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 11 1

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioengineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Computer Science and Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 13 4

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioengineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Computer Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Mechanical Engineering 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
School of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Undergraduate Admissions to Engineering do not currently differ from Institutional Admissions requirements. Applicants must meet the University Admissions requirements.
Applicants must submit the application fee ($70; $80 international) by November of the year prior to fall entry.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students are admitted directly into the chosen major; there are no special requirements to be admitted into specific programs.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students must complete secondary school with high grades (approximately 3.4 GPA or better), and earn a certificate of completion which enables entry to a university in the home country.
Students must also meet the A-G subject requirements, and exam requirements (ACT plus Writing, or SAT Reasoning).

UC Merced requires an English proficiency exam:

SAT Reasoning test score of 560 or greater on English Writing
OR
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or better
OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or better (internet test) or 550 or better (paper test) \

Hard copy results of English proficiency exams should be sent by the testing agency to the admissions office (University of California, Merced, Office of Admissions, 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343)

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Non Resident students must complete high school with high grades (approximately 3.4 GPA or better in A-G courses), meet the A-G subject requirements, and exam requirements (ACT plus Writing, or SAT Reasoning).

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 24 of the last 36 units in academic residence is required prior to the award of the bachelor’s degree. Under certain circumstances, the appropriate dean or Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education may grant exceptions, such as when a student attends classes at another UC campus as an approved visitor or participates in one of the following: UC Education Abroad, UC Washington Center Program or UC Sacramento Center.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC transferable college credit
No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/Not Pass
Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.40 (2.80 GPA for non-residents) in transferable courses
Completion of the following seven (7) course pattern , earning a grade of C or better in each course

Two (2) transferable English composition courses
One (1) transferable mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning course that has a published prerequisite of intermediate algebra
Four (4) transferable courses chosen from at least two of the following areas: Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences

Required for all School of Engineering Majors (Must be completed in order to be considered for admission):

Minimum GPA of 2.4 (residents, 2.8 (non-residents)
Fall applicants must complete all minimum UC admissions requirements in English and Math by the end of the spring term, prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and Math requirement by the end of the summer prior to admission.
Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (this requirement is usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements)
A course in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements).
Complete 60 UC transferable semester units the term prior to enrollment (Not including summer).
Complete all required courses listed below for your major with a grade of "C" or better.

Strongly Recommended
Transfer students are encouraged to complete all of their major preparatory courses and some of the courses needed to satisfy lower division general education requirements prior to transferring to UC Merced. Applicants to the School of Engineering are highly discouraged from completing the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

IMPORTANT:
Applicants will not be competitive in the admission process if their academic records show unsuccessful attempts of UC-transferable courses, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:
Multiple withdrawals in preparation for major courses, or
More than one repeat of major preparation courses where grades of No Pass, D, or F were received, or
Unrepeated No Pass, D, or F grades in any UC-transferable course

Further information can be found on the admissions website at: http://admissions.ucmerced.edu/major-preparation#engr

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 50
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 0

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $13,262
Room & Board: $15,933
Books & Supplies: $1,446
Other Expenses: $2,491
Estimated avg. course load per term: 15
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Additional Financial Aid Information

Undocumented students may submit the CA Dream Act Application.


See the Financial Aid website for more information: http://financialaid.ucmerced.edu

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 5,321
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 3,915
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 604
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 0%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 590 480
Reading Range: 550 430
Writing Range: 530 420
Combined Range: 1730 1420
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range:
Composite Range: 24 19

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Bioengineering B.S. 56 34 37 68 195 5
Computer Science and Engineering B.S. 258 162 113 107 640 7
Environmental Engineering B.S. 27 16 20 37 100 3
Materials Science and Engineering B.S. 10 9 3 19 41 0
Mechanical Engineering B.S. 154 104 106 227 591 22
Undeclared Engineering 71 17 7 4 99 0
Totals: 576 342 286 462 1666 37

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioengineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10 0 4 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 30 0
Women 1 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Computer Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 11 0 2 0 103 1 0 0 77 1 3 0 1 0 25 2 7 0 229 4
Women 4 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 11 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 0
Environmental Engineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Women 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 12 0
Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Mechanical Engineering B.S.
Men 13 1 0 1 89 0 0 0 10 0 2 0 3 0 15 0 5 0 137 2
Women 1 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 17 1
Undeclared Engineering
Men 3 0 0 0 29 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 53 0
Women 2 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
Totals: 37 1 4 1 302 2 0 0 128 1 21 0 8 0 58 2 18 0 576 7

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioengineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Women 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Computer Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 6 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 47 0 6 0 1 0 30 0 4 0 136 0
Women 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 26 0
Environmental Engineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 8 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering B.S.
Men 11 0 1 0 50 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 13 0 4 0 89 0
Women 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 11 0
Women 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Totals: 20 0 1 0 150 0 2 0 87 0 10 0 2 0 54 0 16 0 342 0

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioengineering B.S.
Men 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 21 0
Women 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
Computer Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 3 0 0 0 25 0 2 0 39 0 8 0 0 0 15 0 8 0 100 0
Women 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Environmental Engineering B.S.
Men 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
Women 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering B.S.
Men 9 0 1 0 41 0 0 0 16 0 1 0 1 0 18 0 4 0 91 0
Women 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 18 0 4 0 110 0 2 0 78 0 12 0 1 0 48 0 13 0 286 0

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioengineering B.S.
Men 1 0 0 0 19 2 1 0 15 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 48 5
Women 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 20 0
Computer Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 5 0 1 0 26 1 0 0 34 2 3 0 1 0 16 0 3 0 89 3
Women 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 18 0
Environmental Engineering B.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 9 1 3 0 24 1
Women 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 13 2
Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
Men 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 13 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Mechanical Engineering B.S.
Men 7 0 0 0 90 5 0 0 41 4 12 0 0 0 32 6 13 2 195 17
Women 3 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 9 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 32 2
Undeclared Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 22 0 1 0 180 8 1 0 125 11 20 0 3 0 77 7 33 4 462 30

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Bioengineering B.S. 0 1 8 0 7 1 0 7 3 27 20 7
Computer Science and Engineering B.S. 0 1 11 0 22 2 0 17 4 57 50 7
Environmental Engineering B.S. 0 0 8 0 8 2 0 7 0 25 15 10
Materials Science and Engineering B.S. 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 8 5 3
Mechanical Engineering B.S. 3 1 31 0 14 5 0 20 7 81 70 11
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 3 4 61 0 52 11 0 53 14 198 160 38

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioengineering B.S. 0 0 1 0 6 2 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 0 5 2 2 1 27
Computer Science and Engineering B.S. 0 0 1 0 10 1 0 0 18 4 1 1 0 0 16 1 4 0 57
Environmental Engineering B.S. 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 5 3 0 2 0 0 5 2 0 0 25
Materials Science and Engineering B.S. 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 8
Mechanical Engineering B.S. 3 0 1 0 28 3 0 0 11 3 4 1 0 0 18 2 5 2 81
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 3 0 4 0 50 11 0 0 40 12 6 5 0 0 46 7 11 3 198

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Bioengineering B.S. no 4.00 4.40 Both None
Computer Science and Engineering B.S. no 4.00 4.50 Both None
Environmental Engineering B.S. yes 4.00 4.70 Both None
Materials Science and Engineering B.S. yes 4.00 5.00 Both None
Mechanical Engineering B.S. yes 4.00 4.40 Both None
Undeclared Engineering no Both None

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.

Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.

Provide standardized test scores (Graduate Record Exam). UC Merced graduate program requires only the general test. Applicants should arrange to have GRE scores sent electronically to the UC Merced Graduate Division office.

Foreign students must complete the TOEFL or IELTS; minimum TOEFL scores are 550 (paper) or 80 (internet); the minimum IELTS score is 7.0

For more information, visit http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/prospective-students/how-apply/requirements

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students with undergraduate degrees in areas of engineering, natural sciences and physical sciences normally have backgrounds that are well suited to the doctoral and master's programs in Environmental Systems. Applicants with other degrees will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Students are expected to have proficiency in undergraduate chemistry, physics and calculus.

BEST encourages applications from all students interested in graduate study towards Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in this exciting multidisciplinary area. Applications are invited from students with undergraduate degrees from any relevant discipline, including the life sciences, the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. An essential part of the admission process is to find a good match between the interests of the prospective student and BEST faculty member's research area, so we encourage interested students to begin the application process by contacting the BEST chair or any BEST faculty whose research interests them.

In addition to campuswide criteria, the EECS Admission Committee evaluates applicants’ backgrounds in computer science and electrical engineering. The successful applicant is supposed to demonstrate an adequate preparation in numerous areas, including, but not limited to, computer architecture; operating systems; computer networks; programming languages; data structures and algorithms; mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations, numerical methods, probability and statistics); systems and signals; circuit design; control theory; and communications. An applicant to EECS can be granted conditional admission pending remedial classes that would allow the student to take EECS graduate classes.

As a guideline, ME graduate students should have adequate background in Mechanical Sciences, which typically involve higher division classes in Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and adequate Mathematics background (Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Numerical Methods, etc.). A graduate student in ME can be granted conditional admission pending remedial classes.

Prospective graduate students should submit the following materials

The complete official application form;
The application fee;
All official university/college/junior college transcripts;
An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report. Only the general tests are required;
Three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors who can comment on the applicant’s scholarly ability and promise as a researcher;
Official score reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant’s native language or language of instruction is other than English;
Current curriculum vitae.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Students with credentials from universities outside the United States should begin the application process well in advance of the deadline date. Official copies or certified copies of all transcripts in English and in the original language are required.

Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must show evidence of having recently taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) examination. More information for international student requirements can be found on our website. The English Language Institute (ELI) facilitates the university’s compliance with state mandates for incoming international teaching assistants through various services.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
TOEFL: 550 on the paper test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT (internet-Based Testing)
IELTS: a score of at least 7

UC Merced's TOEFL iBT score requirements for admission consideration is an overall minimum score of 80. The minimum scores on each section are as follows:
19 / Writing
26 / Speaking
17 / Listening
18 / Reading

NOTE: International and U.S. Permanent Resident graduate students who are not citizens of countries where English is either the primary or dominant language MUST pass an approved oral English-proficiency examination to be considered for appointment as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate. There is NO EXCEPTION to this requirement.

Information on the TOEFL is available online at www.toefl.org and IELTS information at www.ielets.org. These requirements are waived for applicants who have received an advanced degree from a U.S. institution or from a country where English is the language of instruction.

International applicants must certify that they have sufficient funds to cover fees, tuition and living expenses for the first year of their study at UC Merced. Financial verification must be provided before visa forms can be issued.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Requirements do not differ for CA residents and Non-residents.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

For questions regarding graduate education at UC Merced, contact the Graduate Division at (209) 228-4723 or email us at gradadmissions@ucmerced.edu

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Graduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $12,931
Room & Board: $12,988
Books & Supplies: $1,524
Other Expenses: $3,564
Estimated avg. course load per term: 12
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 307
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 106
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 46

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Environmental Systems M.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 0
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis M.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emphasis M.S.
Men 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering M.S.
Men 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 14 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 30 0

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Environmental Systems Ph.D.
Men 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 13 1 1 0 22 1
Women 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 16 0
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis Ph.D.
Men 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Women 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Empahsis Ph.D.
Men 26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 32 1
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D.
Men 22 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 29 0
Women 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Totals: 85 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 2 0 32 2 3 0 140 2

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Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Environmental Systems M.S. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 0
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis M.S. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emphasis M.S. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Mechanical Engineering M.S. 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 6 5 1
Totals: 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 15 14 1

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Environmental Systems M.S. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis M.S. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emphasis M.S. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Mechanical Engineering M.S. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6
Totals: 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 15

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Environmental Systems M.S. 3 0 3
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis M.S. 3 0 3
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emphasis M.S. 3 0 3
Mechanical Engineering M.S. 6 0 6
Totals: 15 0 15

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Environmental Systems Ph.D. 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis Ph.D. 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Empahsis Ph.D. 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Totals: 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 12 12 0

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Environmental Systems Ph.D. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Individual Graduate Program, Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies Emphasis Ph.D. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Individual Graduate Program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Empahsis Ph.D. 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals: 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12

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Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Bioengineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $875,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $369,000
State: $1,170,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,414,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Computer Science and Engineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $907,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $183,000
State: $384,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,474,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Environmental Engineering
Total#: Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $670,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $549,000
State: $343,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,562,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical Engineering
Total#: Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $715,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $560,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,275,000
Totals:
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $3,167,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $1,101,000
State: $2,457,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $6,725,000

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $26,000 Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $26,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Total#: Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,218,000 Industry: Priv/Non: $382,000
State: $124,000 Local: Total Expn.: $1,724,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
UC SOLAR
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
UC WATER
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Totals:
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,244,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $382,000
State: $124,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,750,000


Grand Totals:
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $4,411,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $1,483,000
State: $2,581,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $8,475,000

The following text was offered to each school as a guideline for the calculation of externally-funded research expenditures:

Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

The expenditures reported should be only those funds provided by organizations, agencies, and individuals external to the institution. Cost sharing/matching funds should be included only if provided from sources external to the institution.

Only State government funds that were obtained competitively or as matching funds associated with other externally funded programs should be included. State funds that are part of the normal operating budget should not be included regardless of purpose.

For all joint or contracted projects or sub-projects, only the portion of the center research performed by faculty, staff, and students of the affiliated engineering school should be credited to that school. Expenditures for capital costs of research laboratory building construction should not be included.

Expenditures for research laboratory renovations should not be included unless the renovation funds expended came from grants and contracts expressly intended for the direct support of engineering research.

Any portion of academic year and/or summer salary for any researcher that is not derived from external research grants or contracts should not be counted.

Total #: Report total number of individual grants, not the total dollar amount of the expenditures.

Expenditures: Report actual expenditures (as opposed to authorization amounts) in U.S. dollars.

Time frame for expenditures: Report expenditures for your current fiscal year.

Research centers listed as "WITHIN an engineering department" on the Research Centers page (screen 7) of the College of Engineering Profile, will not have their expenditures added to the school's total research expenditures. Such expenditures can be included in the department total, while still being listed for the appropriate center. This allows users to list the expenditures in two areas without double-counting.

Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Bioengineering

Tissue Engineering (including Biomaterials) is defined as the application of engineering principles to building/repairing tissues like blood vessels, heart muscle, nerves, cartilage, and bone. It is one of the largest growing areas of biomedical engineering. Concepts and discoveries from the fields of molecular and cell biology, including stem cell biology, physiology and immunology are also readily incorporated into research activities for tissue engineering.

Biomedical Imaging is a significant research and education area in biomedical engineering emphasizing biomedical imaging instrumentation development, biomedical imaging algorithms improvement, and biomedical biomarkers synthesis.

Biomolecular Engineering is a broader thematic area, but brings together tissue, cellular and molecular engineering, synthetic biology, bio-nanotechnology and biological computation capacity within UCM campus. The major directions are: 1) to implement a general strategy for the development of nano-biosensors based on rheostatic protein conformational changes and develop important/critical applications in biomedicine (e.g. valley fever) and the environment (pollutant detection, etc.), 2) to develop small, simplified-optimized versions of proteins - of particular interest to biomedical or biotechnological/commercial communities - so that they can be efficiently produced, synthesized and employed at the industrial and/or pharmaceutical applications.

Microfabrication technologies originate from the microelectronics industry, the earliest microfabrication processes were used for integrated circuit fabrication. Microfabrication is actually a collection of technologies (microlithography, doping, thin films, etching, bonding, and polishing) which are utilized in making microdevices. We are most interested in using these technologies for small-scale studies like “lab-on-a-chip” and bio-micro-mechanical-systems (BIOEMEMS).

Nanotechnology is an integrated field to address previously untouchable issues in medicine such as building artificial organs and unique biosensing capacities. The ability to control molecular and nanoscale arrangement will allow tuning phonon, photo and electron properties and thus rationally engineering optical, electrical and thermal property accordingly. This research thrust will emphasize the creation of novel platforms that integrate/incorporate unique properties of nanoscale materials for directing cell shape and facilitating cell-materials interactions on the nano-scale.

Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers individualized, strongly research-oriented courses of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The EECS graduate emphasis area is organized to allow students to pursue cutting edge research in modern fields of electrical engineering and computer science, emphasizing research and preparing students for leadership positions in industrial labs, government or academia.

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Systems graduate program trains students to tackle the most challenging problems facing our planet â€" water, soil, climate, energy and resources. Through understanding the Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society, ES students are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences. UC Merced’s unique geographical location, its relationship with neighboring institutions and its seamless integration of science and engineering render the ES program distinct from similar programs in California and elsewhere.
Environmental Systems faculty members are affiliated with the schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. A diverse group, our faculty members, graduate students and research scholars share interests in trans-disciplinary research of natural and human-impacted environmental systems involving:

water, soil, air and climate science and engineering
ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity
sustainable energy and resource economics
natural resource science, policy and management

Mechanical Engineering

The ME faculty members strive to provide students with a comprehensive research experience based on the latest developments of the analytical, numerical and experimental tools available in the field. Mechanical Engineering includes a broad spectrum of research activities that are based on well-defined scientific principles. Judicious application of the fundamental principles of Mechanics allows specialized Mechanical Engineers to impact virtually all fields of science and technology. The goal of the ME emphasis at UC Merced is to provide its graduate students with a very solid foundation in Mechanical Sciences and a strong and comprehensive exposure to modern research techniques.

Courses are designed to provide the mathematical and scientific principles underlying the foundations of Applied Mechanics, with emphasis on applications and novel research developments in diverse topics such as Advanced Dynamics, Modern Control Systems, Continuum Mechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Viscous Flows, Tribology, Radiative Transfer, etc. The ME graduate program provides a seamless transition for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies in these areas.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

Sustainable Infrastructures

The Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative pursues information technology research in energy, water, and transportation as parts of the cyber-infrastructure of a sustainable society.
Connected Communities

The CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative supports collaborative discovery, design, and governance through new technologies that enhance education, creative work, and public engagement.
People and Robots

Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics are among the primary research themes in the new CITRIS People and Robots Initiative that focuses on new theory, benchmarks, software, and approaches that address challenges in the interest of society.
Health

Improving health outcomes and access to cost-effective care through the development and integration of innovative technology in telehealth, sensors, analytics and mobile devices.

Sierra Nevada Research Institute

The mission of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced is to discover and disseminate new knowledge that contributes to sustaining natural resources and promoting social well-being in the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley region, and related regions worldwide. SNRI accomplishes its mission by:

Fostering interdisciplinary research that focuses on the Sierra Nevada eco-region, including the Central Valley and other adjacent areas.
Facilitating synergistic links between science, the arts, education and natural resource management.

UC SOLAR

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) is a multi-campus research institute made up of faculty from the University of California’s Merced, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Davis, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses. UC Solar was established by a grant from the University of California Office of Research and officially launched in 2010. Headquartered at UC Merced, UC Solar creates technologies that make solar energy systems more efficient, more affordable, and the best choice for the people of California and the world. In addition, UC solar educates and develops tomorrow’s solar energy leaders and entrepreneurs.

Current UC Solar research areas include: developing state-of-the-art solar energy generation technologies; facilitating system integration at the residential, community and utility scale; and examining solar energy economics and policy.

UC WATER

The UC WATER Security and Sustainability Research Initiative is focused on strategic research to build the knowledge base for better water resources management.

We apply innovative science, technology, and implementation strategy to real-world problems of surface and ground water management.

In 2015, the University of California linked together multiple campuses and established UC Water. We have grown to 42 researchers who approach water from three perspectives: information, institutions and infrastructure.

UC Water is developing innovative, quantitative water accounting and analysis methods, and introducing modern information systems into California’s aging infrastructure. Current water policy lacks salient, credible, and legitimate water information forcing policymakers to rely on century-old technology and analysis techniques.
UC Water is weaving legal and policy research into our findings. Our research will help facilitate more integrated water management institutions in California and aid in the development of the capacity to adapt to 21st-century stressors.
UC Water is improving our understanding of how water is extracted, conveyed and stored in built and natural infrastructure. This initiative also contributes to research by developing understanding of landcover changes on source-water areas, and tools and techniques for better groundwater management.

Graduate

Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Big Data systems & analytics
  • Bioelectricity
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Cloud computing
  • Computational Plasma Physics (Materials processing, Flow control, Nano/Microplasma Applications)
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Computer animation
  • Computer networks
  • Computer vision
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Database systems
  • Design and analysis of algorithms
  • Distributed computing
  • Distributed systems
  • Electrophysiology
  • Embedded networked systems
  • Energy Conversion and Storage (Renewable energy, Sustainability, Waste-to-Energy)
  • Fluid Mechanics (CFD, Sedimentation, Unsteady Viscous Flows, Microfluidics, Nanoscale Flows)
  • Heat Transfer (Radiative Transfer, Evolutionary Design of Thermal Systems)
  • High performance computing
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Image processing
  • Information-technology management
  • Large-scale data management
  • Machine learning
  • Mechatronics and Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Microfabrication
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Operating systems
  • Pattern recognition
  • Robotics, Mechanisms and Artificial Intelligence
  • Security
  • Solar Energy
  • Solid Mechanics and Mechanical Design (Motion Planning, Geometric Modeling)
  • Speech processing
  • Stochastic Methods for Non-Continuum Fluid Flow Modeling
  • Telecommunications
  • Theoretical computer science
  • Thermodynamics (Optimal Design, Low-Entropy Generating Systems)
  • Tissue Engineering (including Biomaterials)
  • Tribology
  • Vibration and Control
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity
  • natural resource science, policy and management
  • sustainable energy and resource economics
  • water, soil, air and climate science and engineering

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Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

N/A

Graduate

Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Bioengineering
Appointments: 6 7 7 0 20
Stipends: $0 $2,228 $2,022 $0
Computer Science and Engineering
Appointments: 5 25 12 0 42
Stipends: $0 $2,228 $2,022 $0
Environmental Engineering
Appointments: 9 7 1 0 17
Stipends: $0 $2,228 $2,022 $0
Mechanical Engineering
Appointments: 2 28 14 0 44
Stipends: $0 $2,228 $2,022 $0
All Total Appointments 22 67 34 0 123