University Catalog 2023-2024


The Master of Engineering (MR) distance education degree program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or a closely related field who wish to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. The program was created to address the needs of students whose schedule or location does not allow on-campus study, working professionals who wish to obtain an advanced degree or those who wish to change fields within engineering. It is a 30-credit-hour degree program which does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency. Students design the plan of study which best meets their career or educational goals, taking courses from at least two engineering disciplines to create a general degree program.

Convenience and flexibility are the key advantages of this interdisciplinary degree program that can be earned totally at a distance with no GRE, thesis, or final oral exam requirements. The Master of Engineering degree allows students to choose from different subplans from the many disciplines of engineering within the College of Engineering or to design their own degree plans that best meet their career or employment goals. Students must identify an area of concentration from which they will complete 3 to 6 classes. All concentration area classes MUST be taken from the College of Engineering at NC State University. The concentration will appear on the student’s transcript if 5 or 6 courses are taken in that specialty area. No double concentration is allowed (5 in one area plus 5 in another area). No more than 6 classes will be allowed in a single area.

The program does not offer financial assistance. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students in applying for and securing financial assistance for educational expenses. OSFA can help with all questions about financial aid, and guide students to available scholarships, grants, and loans.


Full Professors

  • Morton A. Barlaz
  • Mohamed Abdelhay Bourham
  • Mo-Yuen Chow
  • Jerome J. Cuomo
  • Alexandra Duel-Hallen
  • Yahya Fathi
  • Paul D. Franzon
  • Edward F. Gehringer
  • Jan Genzer
  • Richard David Gould
  • Christine S. Grant
  • Saad A. Khan
  • Carl C. Koch
  • James M. Nau
  • Gregory N. Parsons
  • Harilaos George Perros
  • Sanmugavadivel Ranjithan
  • Douglas Stephen Reeves
  • Georgios Rouskas
  • Lawrence M. Silverberg
  • Munindar P. Singh
  • J. K. Townsend
  • Henry J. Trussell
  • Ioannis Viniotis
  • Mladen Alan Vouk

Associate Professors

  • Jeffrey W. Eischen
  • Jerome Philip Lavelle

Practice/Research/Teaching Professors

  • Lisa G. Bullard

Adjunct Faculty

  • Linda D. Krute


E 531/OR 531/MA 531  Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I  (3 credit hours)  

Introduction to modeling, analysis and control of linear discrete-time and continuous-time dynamical systems. State space representations and transfer methods. Controllability and observability. Realization. Applications to biological, chemical, economic, electrical, mechanical and sociological systems.

Prerequisite: MA 341, MA 405

Typically offered in Fall only

E 731/MA 731/OR 731  Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control II  (3 credit hours)  

Stability of equilibrium points for nonlinear systems. Liapunov functions. Unconstrained and constrained optimal control problems. Pontryagin's maximum principle and dynamic programming. Computation with gradient methods and Newton methods. Multidisciplinary applications.

Prerequisite: OR(E,MA) 531

Typically offered in Spring only

EGR 501  Engineering Leadership and Strategic Change  (3 credit hours)  

In the current business environment, an understanding of leadership and change management is essential to career success. The objective of this course is to provide practitioners in technical fields the knowledge to lead, align and transform the human element, individuals and teams, to achieve organizational performance excellence. The class includes both individual and collaborative (team) learning. An engineering, technical, or scientific undergraduate degree is required.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

EGR 503  Statistical Engineering using Six Sigma DMAIC Process  (3 credit hours)  

Statistical Engineering: systematic approach (Six Sigma DMAIC methodology) for improving manufacturing and business processes and products using advanced graphical and statistical methods. Defining the improvement opportunity, measurement system analysis (MSA), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), data collection, graphical and statistical analysis, design of experiment (DOE) methods, and statistical process control (SPC) methods. Application of statistical engineering to business and manufacturing case studies.

ST 361 or ST 370 or Entry Level Statistics

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

EGR 505  Managerial Finance for Engineers  (3 credit hours)  

In the current business environment, familiarity with and appreciation of finance is essential to career success. Technically competent managers must be able to speak the common language of business and to understand how their work affects the performance of their organization. The objective of this course is to provide practitioners in technical fields the financial know-how to plan, control and make decisions that achieve organizational performance excellence. The class includes both individual and collaborative (team) learning. An engineering, technical or scientific undergraduate degree is required.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

EGR 506  Managing New Hi Tech Product Launches  (3 credit hours)  

This course covers new high-tech product development and launch from the perspective of the technical manager responsible for developing and launching new products and new lines of business within the high tech firm. Topics cover the entire spectrum of the new products development and launch process starting from concept generation and ideation and concept evaluation all the way through market testing and product launch. Each phase of the new products management process will be covered and illustrated by case studies. Students will generate a new product development and launch plan as a course project..3 credit hours.

Requirement: Graduate standing in Engineering

Typically offered in Spring and Summer

EGR 507  Product Life Cycle Management  (3 credit hours)  

This course covers the management of complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle. It is a broad survey of all the tools needed by the technical product manager throughout the life cycle of a complex product. The course is taught with a systems approach and from the engineering manager's viewpoint. The product life cycle includes all aspects of managing products from launch through maturity.

Requirement: Graduate standing in Engineering

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

EGR 517  Facilities Engineering Systems  (3 credit hours)  

This course covers the multi-disciplinary Facilities Engineering functions, as would be found in a municipal public works department, university facilities engineering organization, medical complex, various State government agencies, departments of transportation, airports, port authorities, and facilities engineering organizations at both the installation level and the headquarters level of certain Federal Government agencies. Engineering practice in Facilities Engineering is by nature broad, requiring engineers to understand underlying principles of related engineering disciplines to address the cross-cutting issues in the practice. Facilities engineering as covered in this course begins with the planning phase and continues through the full lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure. Engineering topics include electrical and mechanical systems, structural and architectural features, electrical distribution systems, and protection from physical and cyber threats.

R: Graduate Standing in Engineering

Typically offered in Fall only

EGR 518  Environmental Compliance for Facilities Engineers  (3 credit hours)  

Facilities Engineering is the application of multidisciplinary engineering required to effectively manage the technical aspects of a portfolio of physical assets. Practitioners in the public sector include city and town engineers, university facilities engineering organizations, Federal and State government installations, and port authorities, among others. Engineers in the industrial sector include those in the petrochemical industry, pharmaceutical plants, food/poultry and meat processing plants, IT and manufacturing plants, all of which are subject to environmental regulation. There are literally thousands of such regulations spread across Federal, State, and local jurisdictions. The Facilities Engineer must, from an engineering perspective, know how to identify and comply with these regulations. Environmental compliance may very well be the only aspect of engineering where an individual can incur both civil and criminal liability for violation of these laws. This course will teach the student the gamut of environmental regulations across the engineering disciplines.

R: Graduate Standing in Engineering

Typically offered in Spring only

EGR 590  Special Topics in Engineering  (1-6 credit hours)  

Discussion of special topics in engineering. Identification of various specific topics and prerequisites for each section from term to term.

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

EGR 688  Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration-Half Time Registration  (1 credit hours)  

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, final master's exam, etc.

Prerequisite: Master's student

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer