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Ph.D. Positions in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Controls and Robotics

Mechanical Engineering Department

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA


Multiple Ph.D. positions with generous financial support are available for qualified applicants at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.


The research focus is on Controls and Robotics. Particular interest will be on utilizing nonlinear control methods (Sliding Mode, MPC, etc.) or intelligent control methods (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, etc.) for controlling different dynamical systems, including network of robots, human-inspired robots, and flying vehicles.



Applicants should have both MS and BS degrees in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering. Moreover, the following qualifications are required:

1- Strong MATLAB programming skills. 2- Strong academic background. 3- Strong problem solving skills. 4- Serious interest in research. 5- Strong mathematical background is a plus. 6- Good research record is a plus.


Initial Application Procedure:

Interested students should email the following material (in pdf format) to aheydari@smu.edu. Please make sure to include PhD Position Application, Code 17 in the subject line, otherwise, the automatic email processing system may neglect your email.

a) Resume/Curriculum vitae.

b) Copies of (official or unofficial) transcripts (for both graduate and undergraduate degrees).

c) Copies of TOEFL & GRE unofficial scores (Both are Mandatory).

d) Relevant published research papers, if applicable (Optional).



Applications will be considered as they are received, until the positions are filled. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply soon. Target start date is Fall 2017. Questions regarding these positions may be directed to the same email address with the subject line Queries, PhD Position Application, Code 17.


Note: If you have not taken the GRE test, your application will NOT be considered.