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Engineering Graduate Student Services - Programs of Study

Description of Graduate Programs/Emphases under SoE

Graduate Program/Emphasis

Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies (BEST)

The Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate emphasis at UC Merced offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for masters degree and doctoral students who want to be at the forefront of this revolution in biologics engineering and nanotechnology. Research projects are available on topics ranging from fundamental characterization of materials to tissue engineering, and coursework will provide a background in the tools of biologics and integration of modern materials.


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

Graduate study with emphasis in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Merced offers an interdisciplinary research and training program for Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students. We offer opportunities for students interested in multidisciplinary engineering projects in cutting edge research areas.

Our fast-growing faculty pursues research in various areas, including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, computational neuroscience, animation, graphics, computer networks, computer vision, distributed systems, embedded networked sensor systems, machine learning, operating systems, robotics, speech processing, and wireless communication.


Environmental Systems (ES)

The Environmental Systems program strives to equip students with the knowledge and skills to improve the scientific understanding of Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Courses are designed to provide the scientific principles underlying the function and sustainability of natural and engineered ecosystems, and the policies affecting them. Participating faculty are affiliated with the schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

Graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at UC Merced is dedicated to the education of a new generation of mechanicists, applied mathematicians and/or researchers of ME-related areas who aim to master the fundamentals of the mechanical sciences (which include disciplines such as continuum mechanics, rheology, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, energy conversion, etc.) while being exposed to the forefront of research techniques, methodologies and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society (green energy, mechanical modeling and synthesis, robotics and mechatronics, control systems, etc.).


Contact Information

Graduate Student Support Services

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Support Services

Tomiko Hale, M.Ed.

School of Engineering


Office: (209) 228-4586

Fax: (209) 228-4047


Advisor, Graduate Student Support Services

Tamika “Meka” Hankston

School of Engineering


Office: (209) 228-4024

Fax: (209) 228-4047