Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The goal of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to produce industrial, scientific, and technological leaders capable of systematically identifying, addressing, and solving technical problems whose solutions will benefit society. Specific educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are to produce graduates who will:

1. have successful careers in engineering and related fields;
2. advance their careers through increasing levels of responsibilities and leadership;
3. successfully pursue graduate or advanced professional degrees and continuing professional development; and
4. actively participate in professional and community services.

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Student Outcomes

Students who enroll in the Mechanical Engineering program are provided with the skill set to make them successful industrial, scientific, and technological leaders by ensuring that by the time of graduation with the BSME degree, they have:

(a) the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(b) the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data ;
(c) the 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;
(d) the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(e) the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(g) the ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
(k) the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These outcomes are acquired through a mechanical engineering curriculum that requires students to apply the principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.

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Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

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Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

  • Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.ENGR.) with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate Education

A mechanical engineering education at Prairie View emphasizes an integrated curriculum that overlaps other engineering branches and the physical sciences. Students learn to grasp the global consequences of engineering endeavors and the challenges of today’s ever-changing technological climate. Our department’s goal is to produce industrial, scientific and technological leaders who can identify technical problems and shape solutions that help society. Upon completing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) program, our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to either take on the challenges of the modern-day engineering field or to continue their education at the graduate-school level. Many of our mechanical engineering graduates have seen tremendous career success.

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Graduate Education

Graduate students can earn a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.ENGR.) degree through a program that concentrates on mechanical engineering. This program both enhances students’ research capabilities and makes them more competitive in the professional practice of mechanical engineering.

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Faculty

Along with an emphasis on working one-on-one with their students, faculty members in our mechanical engineering department undertake a wide range of research in their fields. Many of these research projects are funded externally by federal agencies and industries. The mechanical engineering department supports one endowed faculty chair.

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Student Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Department sponsors the student chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the national professional society for mechanical engineering that seeks to develop professional integrity, ethics, and organization skills among the mechanical engineering students on the campus.
Pi Tau Sigma National Honor Society. The Mechanical Engineering Department has a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society to recognize and honor outstanding mechanical engineering students on the campus.

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