Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering has its foundation in the basic sciences, including mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and requires an understanding of such areas as solid and fluid mechanics, materials, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing processes, instrumentation, and control. Mechanical engineers are engaged in a variety of activities including design, manufacturing, research, development, testing, construction, operations, sales, management, consulting, and teaching.
The mechanical engineering curriculum provides a broad base on which to build an engineering career. Traditional subjects in mechanical engineering are complemented by extensive computer experience in such areas as computer-aided design and numerical problem solving. The program's flexibility allows students to specialize in their area of interest through choosing electives. Part-time employment is available to students in the research laboratories of the department. Such experience enhances course work and is particularly valuable to those who later undertake graduate study.
Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives
The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to provide an education that produces graduates capable of achieving the following career and professional accomplishments:
1. Serve as competent mechanical engineering professionals that meet or exceed the expectations of their employers.
2. Pursue advanced degrees in Mechanical or other related fields of engineering. Pursue other professional degrees, such as law or business.
3. Assume leadership roles in government and industry, as well as in their communities and the global society.
a. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering with:
a1. Knowledge in chemistry and calculus-based physics in depth
a2. Mathematics through multivariate calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra
a3. Probability and statistics
a4. Mechanical engineering sciences: solid mechanics, fluid-thermal science, material science,system dynamics
b. Design and conduct experiments methodically, analyze data, and interpret results
c. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs with applications to:
c1. Mechanical systems
c2 . Thermal systems
d. Function in teams to carry out multidisciplinary projects
e. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
g. Communicate effectively, in writing and orally
h. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context through broad education
i. Recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning
j. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues
k. Use the techniques, skills, and modern tools of engineering effectively and correctly in engineering practice with:
k1. Mechanical engineering analysis tools (e.g. ProMechanica)
k2. Engineering design and manufacturing tools (e.g., ProEngineer)
k3. Internet and library resources
k4. Mathematical computing and analysis tools (e.g., Matlab,C, Excel, LabView)
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