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Mechanical Engineering (M E) - Archive

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Fall Semester 2001

Mechanical Engineering (M E) - Archive

PROFESSOR RICHARD C. BENSON, Head, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the science of understanding, and art of design of mechanisms and engines. Mechanisms are devices composed of solid, fluid, electrical, and optical components that perform specified tasks. Examples include: robots, tape drives, earth movers, clocks, sports equipment, energy-absorbing bumpers, acoustic sensors, low-friction bearings, high-friction brakes, automated inspection equipment, satellite positioners, and artificial hips. Engines are devices that convert (or conserve) thermal and mechanical energy to perform specified tasks. Examples include: internal combusion engines, jet engines, missile launchers, heat exchangers, refrigerators, ovens, ventilators, pumps, turbines, solar heaters, compressors, hydraulic actuators, insulation and explosively deployed air bags.

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares students for a rewarding career in one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Since the industrial revolution, mechanical engineers have found themselves at the forefront of technology development and applications. The curriculum has been designed to fulfill educational objectives consistent with both the theoretical underpinnings of the field and current industry practice. Specifically, upon graduation, our students will:

  • Be able to apply fundamentals of mathematics, physics and engineering to mechanical engineering analyses and design involving both mechanical and thermal systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate in a modern, diverse working environment in which they will work in multidisciplinary teams on multidisciplinary problems, communicate effectively and recognize the global, social and ethical contexts of their work.
  • Be able to apply their education experience to a wide variety of career paths including industry, advanced engineering study, or professional schools, recognizing that in any career path, continuing education and learning are essential.
  • Exhibit the ability to use appropriate information technology for the solution of technological problems, presentations and communication.

The program offers a balance of engineering applications and theory with an emphasis on design from the first year through the industry-based capstone design experience in the senior year. In addition, mechanical engineering students find it easy to incorporate co-operative educational experiences as well as many minors into their program.

For the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minimum of 137 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 113 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (82 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), ED&G 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 011(3)[1], E MCH 012(3)[1], E MCH 013(3)[1], M E 030(3)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 305(3), E MCH 215(2), ENGL 202C GWS(3), I E 312(3), M E 031(3)[1], M E 033(3)[1], M E 050(3)[1], M E 051(3)[1], M E 054(3)[1], M E 082(3)[1], MATSE 259(3) (Sem: 5-6)
M E 412(3)[1], M E 440(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 013 GN(3), or BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
IE 424(3), STAT 401(3), STAT 414(3), or STAT 418(3) (Sem: 7-8)
M E 414W(4) or M E 415W(4) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 2 credits from M E 083(1), M E 084(1), M E 085(1), M E 086(1), or E MCH 216(1) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of 400-level courses College of Engineering courses or IE 302. One course must be a Mechanical Engineering course. (Students completing Basic ROTC may apply 6 credits of ROTC as technical electives, but one of the remaining technical elective courses must be from Mechanical Engineering.) (Sem: 5-6)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-06-017

Review Date: 3/13/01

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