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 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
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