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Certificate in Applied Heat Transfer

Advancing Your Knowledge While Enhancing Your Credentials

Curriculum Requirements
12 credits in heat transfer and related courses (i.e., other related aspects of mechanical engineering). Up to three semester credits can be transferred from another university (effectively, one of four courses); the remainder must be earned at Purdue.

An average grade of B or higher in the two core courses and an average of B or higher overall are required. If the student receives a lower grade in a course, he/she may repeat it once, or, for elective courses only, substitute another approved elective. This repetition or replacement will be allowed for a maximum of two courses only.

Admission Requirements
You must have a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area (Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Technology) with GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Note: Acceptance into the Certificate program does NOT assure admission to the Graduate School of Purdue University to pursue an advanced degree.

Course Requirements
All courses are three semester credits and are taught by the graduate faculty of Purdue University.

ME 50500: Intermediate Heat Transfer

And one of the following:
ME 59700: Heat Transfer in Electronic Systems
ME 60800: Numerical Methods in Heat and Mass Transfer

The student must choose two elective courses from those listed above and below - only one math course.
ME 51000: Gas Dynamics
ME 56300: Mechanical Vibrations
ME 58100: Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 61400: Computational Fluid Dynamics**
MA 52700: Advanced Mathematics for Engineers & Physicists I
MA 52800: Advanced Mathematics for Engineers & Physicists II

*Currently offered on West Lafayette campus only.
**Cannot be used if ME 60800 was taken

Benefits of the Program

  • Enhance your understanding of applied heat transfer processes and technologies and their applications in industry.
  • Strengthen your analytical skills and the ability to handle complex interdisciplinary problems.
  • Equip yourself with tools that will improve your ability to solve realistic multi-mode problems with a comprehensive approach.

Intended Audience
This certificate program meets the needs of

  • mid-career and late-career engineers
  • engineers new to the area of applied heat transfer
  • engineering managers who need a background in applied heat transfer and its implementation in emerging technologies

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for the certificate?
Complete the Purdue University Graduate School application form for studies at West Lafayette (Main Campus). In the enrollment objectives, state "Certificate Program," and in the item on specification of subject area, indicate "Graduate Certificate in Applied Heat Transfer." The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Office will process the application for admission into the Certificate Program. A "worksheet" will be created and made available to the student to keep track of the courses he/she takes and the grades earned.

Q: How long do I have to complete the certificate?
All courses must be taken within a four-year time span. Students set their own pace for completion. However, note that the courses in the certificate program are not available every semester, so as you plan your schedule you will want to refer to the ProEd course planning guide to determine when the courses will be offered. The four-year time frame is defined by the first and last classes you take for the certificate.

Q: Do courses taken before I enroll in the certificate program apply?
Yes, if they are applicable to the Graduate Certificate at the time you register for the program, and if they fall within the four-year time limit.

Q: I already have a Master's or PhD from another school. Can I earn a Purdue certificate in digital signal processing?

Q: How do I receive credit for a course taken elsewhere that I wish to transfer to the certificate program?
To obtain a letter of approval to transfer credit for a course taken elsewhere, send the ME Graduate Office a request together with the catalog description of the course syllabus and an official transcript, showing that you have earned a grade of B or better in the course. Also, clearly indicate whether the course is to be applied to meet requirements for the required courses or the elective courses.

Q: How do I receive the certificate?
When you believe you have fulfilled all requirements, send ProEd a list of completed courses. Please allow a minimum of four weeks to receive your certificate.

Q: Can I earn both a certificate and an MSE, MS, or MSME degree from Purdue?
Yes. Courses can be counted both for the Certificate and a Master's degree. However, if you are already enrolled in the Master's degree program in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, you are not eligible for the certificate. Note: to be a graduate student in a Master's program, you must complete a separate application form and be admitted into the Master's program by the Purdue University Graduate School.

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