Stanford Mechanics and Computation



To deal with such complex and often multidisciplinary problems, the engineer must have a thorough knowledge of analytical, computational, and experimental methods and a deep understanding of underlying physical principles. To achieve this level of understanding, graduate curricula in Mechanics and Computation are offered which include core work in solids, fluids and computational mechanics, dynamics, fracture and biomechanics. Course work is supplemented with research in the student’s specialized area of interest.

MS candidates planning to proceed to a Ph.D. program are encouraged to consider arranging three or more units of directed study (ME391/392) during their MS program.

Solid Mechanics Depth Sequence

Taking three courses from the following list satisfies the Solid Mechanics' depth requirement in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Mechanics (ME 333A)
  • Mechanics (ME 333B)
  • Mechanics (ME 333C)
  • Finite Element Analysis (ME 335A)
  • Finite Element Analysis (ME 335B)
  • Finite Element Analysis (ME 335C)


  • If depth is Solid Mechanics, select two courses from any other areas
  • If depth is in an area other than Solid Mechanics, the courses above and ME346AB may be taken as breadth courses in Solid Mechanics.

ME395 Seminar series

A series of seminars on topics related to research in the mechanics and computation group is offered every quarter.