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Graduate Handbook

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
For the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year
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This handbook describes the policies and procedures for graduate studies in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Notre Dame. It emphasizes issues that are particular to the AME department. It details some general issues that are described in other sources. The most important of these other information sources is the University of Notre Dame Graduate School's annual Bulletin of Information, which is the primary source of policies pertaining to all graduate students at the University. Graduate students are expected to familiarize themselves with these policies. Nothing herein, in previous handbooks or on-line, is to be interpreted as contrary to the regulations of the Graduate School.

An additional source of information is the Graduate and Professional Student Handbook that is published yearly by the Graduate School, as it provides information on student services, student life and student government. In particular, students should review this document and be aware of the policies regarding discriminatory and sexual harassment as they will be serving at times in positions of teaching authority during their graduate program. All students were provided a copy of this Handbook upon admission.

At the departmental level, all policy-making and administrative authority on graduate studies resides in the Graduate Studies Committee, composed of the Department Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, and elected department faculty members. The student's primary contact for all graduate school matters is a faculty member who serves as the student's research advisor. Any policy question or administrative matter that cannot be resolved by the student and advisor should be referred in writing to the Graduate Studies Committee via the Director of Graduate Studies. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Timothy Ovaert will serve as the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

These policies apply to all students enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year. They are subject to change and may be different from policies published in previous years. An electronic version of this handbook is available online at More general information on the AME department can be found at

Topics covered in this handbook include the basic responsibilities of graduate students; requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs; and items related to selected facilities and services available in the Department and University. A number of other important documents and directives are listed in the Table of Contents in the form of URLs, and each student is encouraged to review these documents. Often, answers to questions regarding the graduate program can be found by contacting Ms. Nancy Davis, the AME graduate program administrative assistant. Her office is located in Rm. 153 Multidisciplinary Research Building.

This handbook is intended to provide general guidelines for graduate students, and it is recognized that exceptions will occur. All students are expected to have read these guidelines. If under any circumstances they wish to take exception to or deviate from these guidelines, they should secure prior written approval from the Graduate Studies Committee and ensure that the approval is recorded in their permanent file. It is much safer and wiser to secure approval PRIOR to taking exception to a directive than after.

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