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. 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.
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:
- the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data ;
- 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;
- the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- the 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 the ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- 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.
The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.