Purpose and Goals
As one of the broadest engineering branches, mechanical engineering includes design, analysis, and manufacturing associated with: (1) energy; and (2) structures and motion in mechanical systems. Mechanical Engineers design machines, processes, and systems utilizing mechanical and thermal power. The work of Mechanical Engineers include, but is not limited to, the following areas: machinery design and construction, design and analysis of thermal systems, manufacturing, instrumentation and controls, fluid and solid mechanics, plant engineering, materials specification and evaluation, research and development, and technical sales. Many Mechanical Engineers are promoted to management and administrative positions.
Because of the global consequences of many engineering endeavors, and because of the continually changing technological climate, the Department emphasizes an integrated curriculum that overlaps other engineering branches and the physical sciences. Graduates of the mechanical engineering curriculum will be prepared to be technical leaders in tomorrow’s society.
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.
Bachelors in Mechanical Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Specific educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are to produce graduates who will:
- Have successful careers in engineering and related fields;
- Advance their careers through increasing levels of responsibilities and leadership;
- Successfully pursue graduate or advanced professional degrees and continuing professional development; and
- Actively participate in professional and community services.
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Program 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:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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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Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering ABET Accreditation Status
The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.