Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering program draws upon a number of basic and applied sciences to design, build, and improve devices, machines, processes, and systems that involve mechanical forces, work, and energy. It emphasizes the study of the efficient transformation of energy from one form to another and the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases.

The program includes the design and manufacture of structures used in industrial, biomedical, instrumentation, and transportation systems to name a few. It also includes converting thermal and chemical energy into mechanical work through engines and power plants; transporting energy via devices like heat exchangers, pipelines, gears, and linkages; and utilizing energy, forces, and structures to perform a variety of tasks. Since all manufactured products contain parts that transmit forces, mechanical engineering is considered vital in designing and selecting materials that will ensure the structural integrity of almost every product.

Program Educational Outcomes

Within three to five years after graduation, the graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program shall have:

1. Undertaken, singly or in teams, projects that show ability to solve complex engineering problems

2. Had substantial involvement in projects that take into consideration safety, health, environmental concerns and the public welfare, partly through adherence to required codes and laws.

3. Demonstrated professional success via promotions and/or positions of increasing responsibility

4. Demonstrated life-long learning via progress toward completion of an advanced degree, professional development/continuing education courses, or industrial training courses

5. Exhibited professional behavior and attitude in mechanical engineering practice

6. Initiated and implemented actions toward the improvement of engineering practice thru project development or research

Student Outcomes

At the end of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering Program, students are expected to demonstrate the following outcomes:

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6.  An an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Student Outcomes

At the end of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering Program, students are expected to demonstrate the following outcomes:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f)  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g) An ability to communicate effectively

h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

l) Knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments