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Wright State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 16, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, BSME


Program Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org (http://www.abet.org/) . These programs cover traditional engineering fundamentals and develop the skills for modern engineering analysis and design. Laboratory and computer experience are integrated throughout the curriculum. Most required courses are offered in both day and evening sections at least once a year.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering,
  • Demonstrate engineering competency in one of two concentration areas: design or thermofluids,
  • Recognize the need for life‐long learning,
  • Demonstrate  their  ability  to  communicate  engineering  ideas  and techniques, and
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a modern, creative discipline encompassing a wide variety of technical activities. The field is changing rapidly with the progress of the computer era, but the key element that links all of the activities within mechanical engineering is design. The design function is now largely computer-based and involves modeling, simulation, analysis, and synthesis.

Historically, mechanical engineering includes two principal stems. One stem concerns heat, fluids, and energy. Engineers who study combustion in a turbine engine or aircraft lift and drag are practicing in this area. The other stem concerns force and motion in mechanical systems. Problems here include determining robot trajectories, analyzing vibrations to minimize noise, or predicting the stresses in a rotating disc.

The curriculum includes advanced coursework in mechanics, thermal sciences, fluids, materials, electronics, mechanical systems, and design.

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:

Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursing graduate studies
Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment
Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment

For additional information:

Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 44 Hours


Mathematics: 4 Hours


Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Arts/Humanities: 3 Hours


Social Science: 6 Hours


Natural Science: 10 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 9 Hours


Choose one track: 9 Hours


Senior Design, Choose one sequence: 4 Hours


Senior Lab (pick 1 from approved list): 2 Hours


III. CECS Courses: 4 Hours


IV. Other: 12 Hours


V. Electives: 9 Hours


3 from an approved list

Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.