About

Mechanical engineering is a broad-based discipline that embraces two major topic areas - mechanical systems and thermal systems. With an understanding of the phenomena associated with these topics, mechanical engineers conceive and design a wide variety of devices, machines, and systems to meet the needs and desires of a modern economy. Mechanical engineers also engage in other engineering functions such as applied research, development, and management.

Mechanical engineers have a primary role in addressing problems related to manufacturing, productivity and safety in the workplace, supply and efficient utilization of energy, transportation, enhancement of the environment, and human rehabilitation.

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Program is based on a curriculum of 128 semester credit hours. In addition to courses in pre-engineering, mathematics, calculus-based physics, chemistry, humanities, and social sciences, the curriculum also includes a core of fundamental engineering coursework and advanced courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mechanics of machinery, and mechanical design. Laboratory experiences are provided in each area to illustrate the application of theory in engineering practice. During the senior year, the curriculum provides for electives that allow specializations in the areas of mechanical systems or thermal systems, or for further exposure in both areas.

Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program will prepare graduates to:

  • Succeed in engineering and/or related professional positions, and
  • Continue to develop professionally.

Student Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Program strives to instill the following knowledge and behaviors in its students by the time of graduation from the program:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to work professionally in thermal systems areas.
  • An ability to work professionally in mechanical systems areas.