10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, providing opportunities for employment in industry, business, government, research and education. The mechanical engineer is often concerned with the development of machines and systems for diverse applications in our modern technological society. The mechanical engineer's talents and interests include those required to plan, analyze, design, and improve components and systems. The practice of mechanical engineering is often applied to manufacturing, energy conversion, transportation, construction, and environmental control. In the future, mechanical engineers must provide leadership in establishing new sources of power and developing new methods to accomodate societal demands.

The curriculum begins with the study of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and general engineering courses. As the students progress, they are able to undertake advanced analysis, design, and laboratory courses related to mechanical and thermal systems. One-fourth of the program is in the humanities and social sciences, which broaden the students' education and assist in developing communication and leadership skills.

An option in nuclear engineering, including up to three nuclear engineering courses, is offered to undergraduate mechanical engineering students.

With the changing environment in industry and education, increasing pressure is being placed on academic institutions to properly prepare students for the future workplace. Students need relevant experiences to be competitive in the changing industrial and business environment. As indicated by discussions with recruiters and industry leaders, graduating students are now expected to have some practical and/or unique experience that they will be able to apply in an industry in the near term. These experiences may come from either laboratory work at the University or from a co-operative education (co-op) program.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering implemented a co-op program in 1996, and are currently placing students with more than 30 industries. Thus far, approximately 20 students have been placed. This four and one-half year program includes one extended stay (summer plus semester) in industry, with one or two more summers possible. Requirements include third year academic standing and a grade point average of at least 2.5. Participation is optional and non-credit. The advantages of a co-op program for the student are that it builds self confidence, helps define career goals, assists with course selection, provides senior thesis material through industrial projects, eases transition to the industrial world, enhances marketability when seeking future employment, and provides income (wages are typically two-thirds of the salaries earned by B.S.M.E. or B.S.A.E.). Details of the program can be obtained from the school or department.

Minor   Five mechanical engineering courses (15 credits minimum), passed with a minimum grade of C, may be selected from a large list of third- and fourth-year courses The program of study for the minor must have a theme, and must be submitted to the MANE undergraduate study committee. There are three options: general mechanical engineering, thermal fluid systems, or dynamics, controls, and design. Some possible minor sequences are: general mechanical engineering: ME 242, ME 302, ME 323, ME 329, ME 346, or ME 302, ME 323, ME 329, ME 339, ME 346; thermal fluid systems: ME 302, ME 323, ME 329, ME 431, ME 432, or ME 302, ME 323, ME 329, ME 414, ME 433; dynamics, controls, and design: ME 242, ME 339, ME 346, ME 447, ME 487, or ME 242, ME 339, ME 346, ME 443, ME 445.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

First Semester
APMA 101Calculus I4
CHEM 151Introductory Chemistry for Engineers3
CHEM 151LIntroductory Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory1
ENGR 160Engineering Concepts 3
ENGR 164Engineering Design 3
TCC 101Language Communication and the Technological Society 3
Total17
Second Semester
APMA 102Calculus II4
PHYS 142EGeneral Physics I 4
CS 182Introduction to FORTRAN Programming3
CHEM 152Introductory Chemistry for Engineers3
CHEM 152LIntroductory Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory1
General Education elective[1]3
Total18
Third Semester
APMA 205Calculus III 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I 1
ENGR 205Solid Mechanics I 3
ENGR 203Electrical Science 3
General Education elective[1]3
Total17
Fourth Semester
APMA 206Differential Equations I4
PHYS 242EGeneral Physics III 3
PHYS 242LGeneral Physics Laboratory II 1
ENGR 202Thermodynamics 3
ME 242Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
TCC 2__TCC elective 3
Total17
Fifth Semester
ME 302Fluid Mechanics[2] 3
ENGR 207Dynamics 3
ENGR 306Solid Mechanics II 3
ME 323Thermal Systems Analysis 3
ME 383Experimental Methods Laboratory 2
General Education elective[1]3
Total17
Sixth Semester
APMA 341Differential Equations II3
ME 339Engineering Materials: Properties and Applications3
ME 329Elements of Heat and Mass Transfer 3
ME 346Elements of Mechanical Design 3
ME 384Applied Engineering Laboratory2
General Education elective[3]3
Total17
Seventh Semester
TCC 401Western Technology and Culture 3
ME 471Digital Instrumentation 2
ME 488Senior ME Lab2
ME 445Automatic Controls 3
ME 431/447Design I elective[4]3
Technical elective[5]3
Total16
Eighth Semester
TCC 402The Engineer in Society 3
ME 450Financial Engineering 3
ME 472Electromechanical Systems2
ME 432/448Design II elective[4]3
Technical elective[3] [5]3
General Education elective[1]3
Total17
136 credits - minimum number required for graduation.

[1]One general education elective may be replaced by an approved unrestricted elective.
[2]AE 305 may be substituted for ME 302.
[3]The sixth-semester general education elective and an eighth-semester technical elective may be interchanged.
[4]A year-long design sequence ME 431/ME 432 or ME 447/ME 448 is required as a design elective in the fourth year. Co-op students must select a minimum of two of the fourth-year design courses from among ME 431, ME 432, ME 447 and ME 448.
[5]Students may elect to take ME 484/ME 485 if they wish to undertake independent study in a selected technical area. The combination (484/485) can be used as a technical elective.


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