Mechanical engineering (ME) is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines. It applies the principles of physics, mathematics, and materials science to the design and manufacture of mechanical systems. Students at the freshman and sophomore levels will begin with courses in basic engineering design, math, chemistry, physics, and oral and written communication. They will then take fundamental engineering courses in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and thermodynamics. Courses at the junior and senior levels will focus on establishing and expanding the ME discipline-specific knowledge and skills, with core courses including topics in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, materials science, machine dynamics, instrumentation, machine design, and manufacturing.
The ME program offers a plethora of program electives within this multidisciplinary field. These courses are designed to satisfy a student’s own interests and to maximize employment opportunities after graduation. For example, students seeking a career in machine automation and control may choose Introduction to Robotics (ME 456), Microcomputer Interfacing for Mechanical Engineers (ME 445), and Automatic Control Systems (ME 455). Students who aspire to work in thermo-fluid related jobs might choose Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ME 401), Energy Systems (ME 408), Internal Combustion Engines (ME 431), and Rocket Propulsion (ME 432). In addition, students are encouraged to pursue an internship that provides hands-on learning and the opportunity to build connections with other practicing engineers in the industry.
All courses are taught by active faculty researchers with former industrial and academic experience in areas that cover the broad spectrum of mechanical engineering specialties. Faculty in the ME program regularly present at and attend regional, national, and international conferences. Faculty also function as advisors and mentors, helping students achieve their long-term goals in joining the industry work force or in pursuing graduate studies.
For course descriptions and requirements, see the University Bulletin.