Mechanical Engineering Objectives & Outcomes
Mechanical Engineering Program Mission and Objectives
The Mechanical Engineering program mission is to produce graduates with a broad-based foundation in fundamental engineering principles and liberal arts together with the depth of disciplinary knowledge needed to succeed in a career in mechanical engineering or related field including a wide variety of advanced technological and management careers.
The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are related to the expected accomplishments of graduates a few years after graduation. The objectives were developed by the Department faculty, in coordination with and feedback from the External Advisory Board, the alumni, current ME students, and the School of Engineering Education and Assessment Committee (SEAC).
These objectives are:
- Graduates identify and solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields using their broad-based knowledge of fundamental engineering principles and state-of-the-art tools and techniques.
- Graduates develop mechanical and thermal devices and systems to meet the needs of society.
- Graduates excel in working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
- Graduates conduct themselves in a socially responsible manner and adapt to technological change.
Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes
I. Broad-Based Technical Expertise
- Outcome 1 A&B (Scientific foundations) the ability to use applied scientific knowledge to solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields.
- Outcome 1C (Engineering foundations) the ability to use fundamental engineering knowledge to solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields.
- Outcome 2 (Experimentation) the ability to design and conduct experiments, and analyze experimental data for mechanical engineering and related applications.
- Outcome 3 (Tools) the ability to use the relevant tools necessary for practice in mechanical engineering and related fields.
- Outcome 4 (Technical design) the technical ability to design a mechanical and thermal engineering device or system.
- Outcome 5 (Design assessment) the ability to develop and assess alternative mechanical and thermal system designs based on technical and non-technical criteria.
II. Professional Advancement and Communications
- Outcome 6 (Professionalism) the ability to recognize and achieve high levels of professionalism in their work.
- Outcome 7 (Leadership) the ability to assume leadership roles.
- Outcome 8 (Teamwork) the ability to function on teams.
- Outcome 9 (Communication) the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively.
III. World View and Personal Development
- Outcome 10 (Ethics and morals) a critical understanding of ethical and moral systems in a social context.
- Outcome 11 (Contemporary Issues) a knowledge of contemporary issues in Mechanical Engineering and related fields.
- Outcome 12 (Lifelong learning) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning and development.
- Outcome 13 (Entrepreneurship) a fundamental knowledge and an appreciation of the technology and business processes necessary to nurture new technologies from concept to commercialization.