Mechanical engineers are concerned with conversion of energy from one form to another, the design of machines and systems, and the control of processes. An undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering prepares the individual for an exciting career in many industries, such as aerospace, automotive, chemical, manufacturing, and power. A mechanical engineering degree also provides an excellent background for graduate studies in specialized fields of engineering, medicine and law.
The mission of the mechanical engineering department is to produce graduates who are prepared for professional practice or further studies, and who have the skills needed for lifelong success. We will provide our students with a solid foundation of technical knowledge through quality teaching and facilities. We will encourage our students to become well-balanced individuals who are able to practice their profession for the benefit of society, and who are prepared for a lifetime of learning.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will be able to:
- apply the principles of mechanical engineering in order to develop or improve products and techniques.
- communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and work efficiently with people of various backgrounds.
- work in a competent and ethical manner, recognizing the impact that engineering has on society.
- continue their professional development through graduate studies and independent learning.
By the time of graduation, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering will:
- be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- be able to design and conduct experiments, then analyze and draw conclusions from the resulting data.
- be able to apply the engineering design method to specify a product or process that meets customer requirements while satisfying appropriate constraints.
- be prepared to participate as an active member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- be able to identify, formulate and solve problems in the areas of mechanical and thermal systems.
- be prepared to work ethically, professionally, and responsibly.
- demonstrate effective professional communication skills including technical writing, oral presentation, technical drawing, and listening skills.
- understand and accept that their actions and decisions are to contribute to the good of humankind.
- develop the skills needed for career-long learning, including preparation for graduate school and continuing professional development.
- have knowledge of contemporary issues and an understanding of how mechanical engineering relates to the global society.
- be able to use a variety of tools (e.g. software packages, manufacturing tools) and practices (e.g. specifications, analysis techniques) found in the professional workplace.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.