Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Mechanical Engineering Major

General Information

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most diverse of the engineering disciplines and affects all aspects of our lives. It involves the application of science and technology essential to industry, government, environment, and society. Mechanical engineers design, analyze, build, test, and control mechanical devices and systems. They are involved in the design and development of automobiles, airplanes, satellites, robots, power plants, machine tools, material handling systems, medical devices and instrumentation, communications equipment, semiconductor devices, heating and air-conditioning systems, consumer products, and alternative energy systems. Mechanical engineers contribute on interdisciplinary teams to work in emerging areas such as advanced manufacturing processes, mechatronics, nanotechnology and green engineering technology. Mechanical engineering is generally recognized as the engineering discipline that offers the broadest choice of technical career directions.

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a thorough background in thermal and mechanical systems and mechanical design. By selecting an appropriate group of technical and design electives, a student can concentrate in either thermal and fluid science or mechanical design. Thermal and fluid science electives include courses related to energy conversion, aerodynamics, introduction to flight, and turbomachinery design. Mechanical design electives include courses in stress analysis and computer-aided design, material selection, and metrology. The coursework is coupled with extensive practical hands-on experience in modern well-equipped laboratories. The use of computers to aid in engineering analysis and design is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Students can choose to study either the broad areas of thermal-fluid sciences or mechanical design or select from two options: 1) Green Engineering Sequence with courses in renewable energy, alternative energy systems, and green engineering; and 2) Mechatronics Engineering Concentration that is a blend of mechanical and electrical engineering. The program leading to the BSME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineers are employed in all types of industry and government. They work in research, product development, product design, manufacturing, consulting, and sales. Our graduates are employed at Allston Power, UTC Aerospace Systems, Disney, FloDesign, Goodrich, Northrup Grumman, Pratt and Whitney, United Technologies Research Center, General Dynamics, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Otis, Carrier, Hasbro-Bradley, General Motors, NASA, Electric Boat, Andersen Consulting, General Electric, Smith and Wesson, American Saw, Northeast Utilities, Rolls Royce, Areva, Gerber Scientific Research, Spalding Sports Worldwide, Sikorsky, Westinghouse, BAE systems, and many others. Mechanical Engineering graduates have also become physicians and patent attorneys. Mechanical engineers occupy executive positions in many large corporations and others have gone on to become entrepreneurs and founded their own companies.

Design Experience

Students are introduced to engineering design in the freshman year; sophomore, junior, and senior courses provide progressively more sophisticated design experiences within the student’s discipline. All programs are culminated by a capstone Senior Design Project course in which a student works on an independent project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. A majority of the projects involve a collaboration with an industry partner. A student who selects one of these topics has the opportunity to work with the industrial sponsor in an actual engineering experience.

Electives

Electives supplement the engineering student’s technical program. These electives must be selected in such a way that all General Education “perspective of understanding” requirements are covered. In addition, technical, design, and general electives provide the opportunity for specialization within a chosen field. The student’s departmental faculty advisor must approve the selection of electives from engineering, mathematics, science, or business.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to educate, prepare, inspire, and mentor students to excel as professionals and to grow throughout their careers in the art, science and responsibilities of engineering. This is accomplished by:


• Providing the facilities and environment conducive to a high quality education, well grounding the students in the fundamental principles of engineering and preparing them for diverse careers;

• Engaging in academic and scholarly activities, which strengthen the major’s regional, national, and international reputation.

Vision

The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to be regionally, nationally and internationally recognized in providing mechanical engineering education, leading to well qualified engineers who are innovative, immediate contributors to their profession and successful in advanced studies.

 

Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are to produce graduates whose careers and professional behavior several years after graduation are marked by:
  • A commitment to continuing education and technical competency in solving engineering problems, consistent with the ethics of the profession, and serving the needs of local, national, and multinational communities and enterprises;
  • Advancement in their professional careers, including the attainment of increased technical or managerial capabilities; and
  • Continual improvement in effective technical and non-technical communication and teamwork.

Program Outcomes

Accordingly, the Program Outcomes of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are to educate graduates who by the time of graduation will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; 
  9. a recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 132English Composition I

3 cr.

ENGR 102First Year Engineering Seminar

1 cr.

ENGR 103Introduction to Engineering

4 cr.

MATH 133Calculus I

4 cr.

PHYS 133Mechanics

4 cr.

PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 133English Composition II

3 cr.

ENGR 105Computer Programming for Engineers

2 cr.

ENGR 110Data Acquisition and Processing

3 cr.

MATH 134Calculus II

4 cr.

PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

4 cr.

PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

EE 205Electrical Engineering I

4 cr.

MATH 236Differential Equations

3 cr.

ME 202Statics

3 cr.

SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

IE 212Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

MATH 235Calculus III

3 cr.

ME 203Dynamics

3 cr.

ME 205Measurement Computing

2 cr.

ME 208Mechanics of Materials

3 cr.

LBC 2XXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

PH XXXEthical Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17