Sep 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Mohan D. Rao, Chair; Dr. Jie Cui, Associate Chair
Faculty: Dr. Ahmed Abounassif, Dr. Mohammad Albakri, Dr. Steve Anton, Dr. Will Brookshear, Dr. Steve Canfield, Dr. Pingen Chen, Dr. Glenn Cunningham, Mr. Tristan Hill, Dr. Stephen Idem, Dr. Ethan Languri, Dr. Andy Pardue, Dr. Sally Pardue, Dr. Rory Roberts, Dr. Arman Sargolzaei, Dr. Kwun-lon Ting, Dr. Ahmad Vaselbehagh, Dr. Dale Wilson, Dr. Ying Zhang, and Dr. John Zhu.

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department aspires to be recognized globally for outstanding education and research, and especially for graduating well-qualified engineers who are adaptive professionals, inquisitive, entrepreneurial, and successful in engineering practice, research, and public service.

The ME Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.), which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://abet.org. In addition, there are two concentrations within the B.S.M.E. program, Mechatronics and Vehicle Engineering.

The B.S.M.E. curriculum is broad in scope and strongly based in the fundamentals essential for professional practice, life-long learning, and advanced study at the graduate level. Design is a unique element of the profession; therefore, students’ design experience is developed and integrated throughout every degree program.

Mechanical engineering focuses on motion and the forces and energy associated with motion. The field encompasses the design and analysis of machines and processes to meet the expanding needs of a changing, technological, energy-based society. Mechanical engineers are the most versatile, and they have a wide variety of career options. B.S.M.E. graduates may find employment in transportation industries, consulting firms, governmental agencies and laboratories, manufacturing facilities, power-production industries, process industries, universities, and others.

Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics, electronics, controls, and computing in the design of products and manufacturing processes. The B.S.M.E. with a Mechatronics concentration prepares engineers that are familiar and competent with cutting-edge technology in both mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, plus are prepared to develop innovative products to address industry and other needs.

The B.S.M.E. with a Vehicle Engineering (VE) concentration teaches concepts and technologies that apply to many modes of transportation and cover a wide range of vehicle types, including traditional combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as

automated and connected vehicles. The VE program combines mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and is designed to explore how to improve vehicle safety, traffic congestion, air quality, energy efficiency, and other global issues.

The mission of the Department, within a regional and global context, encompasses: provision for its students to prepare for a productive career in a competitive, dynamic, technologically-based society; advancement of the knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and applications; and service to the public. The departmental mission is essential to the university-wide goal of maintaining a strong engineering program. The ME Department pursues the following four goals to fulfill its mission:

1. To maintain a high-quality, accredited program with an integrated curriculum. This goal is essential to prepare all graduates for entry-level professional employment and masters-level graduate studies.

2. To improve the student’s ability to formulate and to express thoughts using both written and oral communication. This goal is essential to evaluate arguments and evidence from various fields of study, to discover information, and to engage in independent inquiry. In addition, this goal promotes an awareness of ethical, social, and safety considerations in all engineering endeavors.

3. To enhance the student’s capacity for leadership, individual responsibility and integrity. This goal should foster an appreciation and respect for new and different ideas, opinions, and abilities.

4. To develop the student’s commitment to life-long learning. This goal should foster a desire to continually improve individual abilities and enhance knowledge. In addition, this goal promotes professional enthusiasm and an enhanced quality of life.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering