The Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs offer doctorate study through UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Interested students select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission into the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the graduate program director for each discipline, Ganesh Thiagarajan in Civil Engineering and Gregory King in Mechanical Engineering, before applying for admission to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Suggested compatible co-disciplines
Chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology and biochemistry, oral biology, physics, and telecommunication and computer networking.
Doctoral faculty with current areas of research
  • Bryan Becker, Ph.D., P.E., Professor
    Fluid dynamics and refrigeration applications
  • ZhiQiang Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Multi-hazard infrastructure and structural engineering; soil-structure modeling and system identification; networked sensing and computing for structural condition monitoring and assessment
  • Ceki Halmen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Corrosion of metals in cementitious material systems; construction engineering and project management
  • John Kevern, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Sustainable construction materials; pervious concrete mixture design, construction and testing
  • Gregory King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Musculoskeletal biomechanics; kinetics and kinetics of human motion
  • Deborah O’Bannon, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Associate Professor
    Environmental and water resources; urban storm water
  • Jerry Richardson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Associate Professor
    River mechanics; hydraulic structures
  • Ganesh Thiagarajan, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor
    Structural engineering/mechanics; bone biomechanics
Admission Requirements