Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program
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 Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) “are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.” (ABET definition). The Mechanical Engineering PEOs 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 Assessment Committee. These PEOs are:
- Graduates use their fundamental engineering knowledge and broad-based education to innovate and develop solutions to meet the current and emerging needs of society [foundations, problem solving and innovation]
- Graduates excel in working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams [leadership and teamwork]
- Graduates continually improve their knowledge and skills to drive technological change in an ethical and socially responsible manner [technology-centric, ethics and social]
Upon graduation Mechanical Engineering students will have:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- 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
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- 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
- 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
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
- a fundamental knowledge and an appreciation of the technology and business processes necessary to nurture new technologies from concept to commercialization.