Professor Rao, Chairperson; Professors Canfield, Cui, Darvennes, Idem, Sundaram,Ting, D. Wilson, Zhang, Zhu; Associate Professors Cunningham, Pardue (STEM Center Director); Assistant Professors Anton, Chen, Languri, Lee, Vaselbehagh, Y. Zhang; Lecturers Pardue, Sinha
The Mechanical Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech aspires to be recognized globally for outstanding education and research, leading to well-qualified engineers who are adaptive professionals, inquisitive, entrepreneurial and successful in engineering practice, research, and public service.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University is committed to preparing its graduates for productive, professional careers in mechanical engineering. The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.). This degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. In addition, a concentration in Mechatronics (electronic control of mechanical systems) is available in the B.S.M.E. program.
The profession of mechanical engineering focuses on motion and the forces and energy associated with motion. It encompasses the design and analysis of machines and processes to meet the expanding needs of a changing, technological, energy-based society. Applications within the profession are diverse; consequently, mechanical engineers may find positions in many specialties. ME graduates from Tennessee Tech may find employment in transportation industries, consulting firms, governmental agencies and laboratories, manufacturing facilities, power-production industries, process industries, universities and others. The undergraduate 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, the design experience is developed and integrated throughout the curriculum.
Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics, electronics, controls and computing in the design of products and manufacturing processes. The TTU Mechatronics concentration prepares engineers that are familiar and competent with cutting-edge technology in both mechanical, electrical and computer engineering and are prepared to develop innovative products to address societal needs.
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 Department pursues the following four goals to fulfill its mission:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The freshman curriculum is similar for all engineering students. Here emphasis is placed on the fundamental tools of mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer programming, written communication, humanities and basic engineering. Students are introduced to the University and engineering in Connections to Engineering (ENGR 1020). In Engineering Graphics (ENGR 1110), the importance of conveying ideas via sketches and computer-aided drafting; particular points are made relevant to machine design and manufacturability. Finally, in Programming for Engineers (ENGR 1120), students learn the essentials of programming methodology in a modern programming language. The sophomore curriculum stresses the fundamental tools of mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, and fundamentals of electrical engineering).
The junior curriculum is primarily devoted to the engineering fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamics of machinery, materials and processes in manufacturing. Completing this is a mechanical engineering analysis course and machine design.
The senior curriculum contains capstone design experiences in three courses: Applied Machine Design (ME 4020 (5020)), Senior Capstone Design Project (ME 4410 and ME 4420 ), and Thermal Design (ME 4720 (5720) ). The senior year of the ME curriculum is completed by an introduction to modeling, vibrations and controls (ME 3050) and by each student’s selection, in consultation with their advisor, of 5 senior technical electives referred to as Area of Emphasis (AOE) courses. These courses help prepare the student for whatever their future plans may be in engineering.