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The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering are:

  • 1. To produce engineers who understand the performance of engineered products and systems in terms of the relevant fundamental principles of math, science and the humanities, whether they are practiciing engineers or students in graduate engineering programs.
  • 2. To produce engineers who excel in the professional practice of mechanical engineering. Professional practice includes the ability to identify, design, and implement solutions to technical problems through a multiplicity of laboratory, analytical and communication methods within a business climate.
  • 3. To produce engineers who are aware of how their roles as technical professionals and leaders affect the wider human community, who serve not only as employees or employers but as socially-conscious citizens, and who are motivated by moral principles in their professional and personal lives.

The mechanical engineering curriculum prepares graduates to solve problems related to:

  • design and manufacture of products
  • reliability of components and systems
  • conversion of energy from one form to another
  • instrumentation and control of physical processes

Mechanical engineers design systems that range from automobiles, consumer products, air-conditioning, power generation, aircraft and production systems and are prepared to draw on technical knowledge and insight involving materials, mechanics, controls, structures and manufacturing processes.

A mechanical engineer deals with the physical reality of things such as engines, car bodies, electric generators, cranes, air conditioners, airplane wings and pumps. The mechanical engineer is faced with the challenges and uncertainties that come with complex products and systems. In addition to using the classical and modern principles of engineering science, the mechanical engineer must be able to devise economically viable, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable solutions to problems. The analytical problem solving skills combined with sound technical fundamentals of the mechanical engineering degree can form the basis for successful careers other than in engineering including business, law and medicine.

The curriculum provides students with an in-depth knowledge of engineering science and design methodology. These insights are reinforced by intensive laboratory experiences in virtually every area of study and three industrial co-op assignments. Students also have team-oriented design experiences integrated throughout their curriculum. A capstone design project, conducted in the senior year, challenges students with an industrially-sponsored product that involves solving a real product or process related problem that draws on knowledge of engineering science and design.

In addition to the Engineering core outlined previously, the mechanical engineering program includes the following :
E 107 Introduction to CAD and Design 2 13
E 313 Dynamics 3 30
E 319 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1 03
E 326 Mech. of Materials 3 30
E 327 Mech. of Materials (Lab) 1 03
E 340 Heat Transfer 3 30
E 341 Heat Transfer Lab 1 03
ME 361 Mech. Engin. Lab 2 13
ME 380 Thermodynamics II 3 30
ME 382 Manufac. Processes 3 30
ME 383 Manufac. Proc. Lab 1 03
ME 390 Mech. Engin. Design I 3 30
ME 392 Mech. Engin. Design II 3 30
ME 488 Reliability in Design 3 30
ME 492 Comp. Aided Design 3 30
ME 493 Prototype Design I 2 30
ME 495 Prototype Design II 3 30
Total: 42 Credits

Technical Electives - flexibility and focus

The mechanical engineering program is supplemented by a minimum of six credit hours of technical electives. Technical electives are upper division (300 or 400 level) courses in engineering, mathematics or science. An integrated concentration of courses is recommended to strengthen the background of students in their area of specialization.


Automotive Engineering:
E 442 Finite Element Analysis 3
E 444 Vibrations 3
ME 458 Internal Combustion Engines I 3
ME 459 Internal Combustion Engines Lab 1
ME 472 Noise and Vibration 3
ME 476 Vehicle Dynamics 3
ME 498 Internal Combustion Engines II 3
E 478 Mechatronics 3

Engineering Mechanics:
ME 440 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
E 444 Vibrations 3
E 448 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3
ME 480 Energy Systems 3
ME 494 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3

Manufacturing Processes and Systems:
E 322 Control Systems 3
E 324 Engineering Economy 3
ME 402 Design for Quality 3
ME 430 Metal Cutting Analysis 3
ME 432 Metal Forming Analysis 3
ME 478 Manufacturing Productivity 3
ME 482 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
ME 490 Robotics/Artificial Intelligence 3
MFE 331 Manufacturing Systems 3
MFE 333 Principles of Lean Manufacturing 3
MFE 335 Quality Systems 3
MFE 434 Joining and Assembly 3

E 322 Control Systems 3
EE 468 Computer Networks 3
EE 478 Embedded Systems 3
E 478 Mechatronics 3
E 479 Mechatronics Modeling and Simulation 3
ME 490 Robotics/Artificial Intelligence 3
ME 494 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3

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