The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Department is among the most basic of all engineering programs, with a curriculum that embraces the major areas of power, design, and fluid or solid mechanics. Seniors may enroll in one of three concentration areas: power/energy conversion, mechanical systems/design, and aerospace engineering. The program is designed to prepare its graduates to achieve the program education objectives (PEOs) listed below. These objectives, consistent with the mission statements of the department, college, and university, are achieved by preparing the students to attain the seven student outcomes listed below.
Mechanical Engineering Educational Objectives
To establish themselves as successful professionals in the general areas of thermal/fluid systems, mechanical systems and design, and materials and manufacturing in industry and government settings by demonstrating their ability to:
- Conduct themselves consistently in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.
- Participate in continuing education, research and development, and in other lifelong creative efforts in science and technology.
- Lead others in support of activities that promote service to, and economic development of, the community, the region, state and nation.
To successfully pursue and complete graduate programs in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or a related field if they so desire.
Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes
Our mechanical engineering graduates must attain:
- Proficiency in mathematics, calculus-based physics, and engineering science, and the ability to apply knowledge in these areas to identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems.
- An ability to design an engineering system, component, or process to meet specified needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, ethical, public health, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- An ability to effectively present ideas and technical material to diverse audiences visually, verbally, and in writing.
- An ability to recognize professional and ethical responsibilities, and to acquire the broad education necessary to make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- An ability to function effectively as a member of a team whose members together provide leadership, establish goals, plan tasks to meet deadlines, and create a collaborative and inclusive environment.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, and to critically analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions in various mechanical engineering areas.
- An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed.