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Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical Engineers learn to solve engineering problems in the area of design and manufacturing, automation, robotics and thermal fluid engineering. BITS Pilani Dubai campus offers three tier structure of education i.e., BE in Mechanical Engineering, M.E. in Design Engineering and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering. We educate the engineers of tomorrow by integrating class room teaching, laboratory experiments and hands-on projects. Emphasis is on the process of learning and critical thinking to promote collaborative relationships with industries and other universities. Students are exposed to work in professional environments through 30 weeks of Practice School (internship) programs in industries.
Mechanical Department hosts student chapters of various professional bodies such as Mechanical Engineering Association (MEA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and BITS Aerospace Society (BAEROS). Through these associations, students get introduced to current research and trends in different engineering disciplines.
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B.E. Mechanical

We have a credit based semester system lasting for 8 semesters. First two semesters cover fundamental courses that are common to all departments. From second year onwards we start mechanical specific courses. We have a choice based credit system where students can select and plan their own courses based on their interest. Students are required to complete about 120 credits of coursework. These courses are divided in four categories
  1. Department Core Course
  2. Department Electives
  3. Open Electives 
  4. Humanities Elective
For graduation, students are required to complete 16 core courses, three humanities electives, four department electives and five open electives. Our core disciple courses are complimented with hand-on lab work and Software training. We offer a very interesting set of elective courses including Rocket and Aircraft propulsion, Fuel Cell, RAC, Mechatronics, Robotics, Automobile and Composite Materials and Design. 
At the end of 2nd year, based on their future plans, students opt for either Thesis option or Practice school option. If they opt for PS, they have to complete an 8 weeks internship called PS-I. Similarly in their last year of degree they spend one full semester (20 weeks) with a company for PS-II. Students with a thesis option complete their thesis work in the last semester. There is an option to do off-campus thesis as well wherein students can spend one semester at other foreign universities and do their thesis work. The minimum graduating CGPA is 4.5.
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M.E. Design

The curriculum for the M.E. Design Engineering program has been specially designed to ensure the transformation of a mechanical engineering graduate into a full-fledged Design Engineer. In addition, the students will gain networked knowledge in the core and intersection areas of design, development, simulation, and manufacturing. In addition, the student will carry out design projects as well as a dissertation which emphasizes on developing a well-rounded education through exposure to academic and professional traits. Students are also exposed to the design engineering software tools such as 
  • AutoCad
  • Catia
  • Ansys and Abaqus 
  • MSC Adams
  • DFX and Espirit
  • Automation Studio
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Ph.D. Mechanical

The Ph.D. program is the highest degree offered by the Mechanical Engineering department at BITS Pilani, Dubai campus. The objective of this program is to breed, nurture and produce next generation industry leaders or high quality academicians. Primary emphasis is on independent research under the supervision of a faculty member using either in house facilities or through collaborative means. The choice of topic depends on the interest of the prospective candidate, relevance in the chosen field, novelty of research and practical feasibility in terms of time and available resources. They also gain valuable experience through the teaching program requiring them to teach a topic in a related undergraduate course. A Ph.D. candidate is expected to do high quality research, present their research at various national and international conferences, publish in well-known peer reviewed journals and develop networking skills necessary for developing collaborative research. A minimum of two publications are expected in order to graduate which is through a final Ph.D. dissertation seminar in presence of an external examiner. Students graduated from the department with Ph.D. degrees are all well established in their careers.

Details of all faculty members and their areas of research interests are mentioned in the department faculty section. Please feel free to communicate with them if you are interested. Or kindly fix an appointment to discuss your interests. A comprehensive list of the available laboratory and software facilities is given in the facilities section.

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The major laboratories are listed below
  • Manufacturing Workshop 
  • Composite Manufacturing Lab
  • Additive Manufacturing Lab
  • Materials Testing and Characterization Lab
  • Prime Movers & Fluid Machinery Lab
  • Heat Transfer Lab
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • Mechatronics & Automation Lab
  • Computer Simulation Lab
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There are currently 60 ongoing UG/ PG projects in the fields of Renewable Energy, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Mechanical Equipment Design,  Computer Aided Design and Analysis, Thermal and Fluid power Engineering, Finite Element Methods,  Industrial Engineering etc.. The faculty members are been involved in offering consultancy services to industries. Experimental and computational facilities are being continuously upgraded. Industry interaction has been promoted with practice school courses and many students are working in industry-sponsored projects.
The key research areas have been divided as follows:
Design and Manufacturing
Finite Element Method
Condition Monitoring of Machines
Kinematics of machines
Composite materials
Material Processing
Computer Aided Engineering
Modelling, Simulation & Control
AI applications in manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
•       Mechatronics & Automation
 Thermal and Fluid Sciences
Internal Combustion Engines       
•       Automobile Engineering  
Heat and Mass transfer
Renewable Energy
Emission Control
Alternate Fuels
•      Fuel Cells
•      HVAC
Experimental & Computational Fluid Dynamics
•      Blunt Body Aerodynamics
•      Combustion
•      High Speed Flows
•      Soot Measurements
•      Flame Speed Measurements
•      Laser & Optical Diagnostics 
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The faculty members are specialized in - Design, Manufacturing and Thermal & Fluids Engineering. They are engaged in research in all the classical areas of Mechanical Engineering and upcoming areas too.
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  • Conferences
  • Technical Workshops
  • Student Competitions
  • Student Association Events
  • Department Functions 
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Contact Us

Dr. Priyank Upadhyaya
Assistant Professor,
Head of Department Mechanical Engineering
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)
P. O. Box No. - 345055 
Dubai, UAE
Email: priyank@dubai.bits-pilani.ac.in
Phone: +97144200700 Extn. 344(O), Fax: +97144200844
Please submit your queries here.

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