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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Professors Dadras (Emeritus), Grandhi, Hankey (Emeritus), R. Srinivasan, J. Thomas

Associate Professors Bethke (chair), Cornelius, Lieh, Mukhopadhyay, Slater, S. Thomas, Wolff

Assistant Professors Amer, Friar (Emeritus), Klingbeil, Menart

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Tech-nology (ABET). These programs cover traditional engineering fundamentals and develop the skills for modern engineering analysis and design. Laboratory and computer experience are integrated throughout the curriculum. Most required courses are offered in both day and evening sections at least once a year.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a modern, creative discipline encompassing a wide variety of technical activities. The field is changing rapidly with the progress of the computer era, but the key element that links all of the activities within mechanical engineering is design. The design function is now largely computer-based and involves modeling, simulation, analysis, and synthesis.

Historically, mechanical engineering includes two principle stems. One stem concerns heat, fluids, and energy. Engineers who study combustion in a turbine engine or aircraft lift and drag are practicing in this area. The other stem concerns force and motion in mechanical systems. Problems here include determining robot trajectories, analyzing vibrations to minimize noise, or predicting the stresses in a rotating disc.

The curriculum includes advanced course work in mechanics, thermal sciences, fluids, materials, electronics, mechanical systems, and design.

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

  • To provide a quality educational experience that prepares our mechanical engineering students for successful entry into the engineering profession, to pursue graduate study, and to stimulate lifelong learning
  • To provide a solid foundation in mathematics, basic and engineering sciences, computer application, laboratory techniques, and their use in solving mechanical engineering problems
  • To provide broad and significant experience in engineering design, enhance communication skills, and provide the opportunity to work in collaborative groups
  • To provide these educational opportunities in modern facilities at competitive cost to a variety of qualified individuals, including part-time and evening students

Degree Requirements - Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree

General Education Requirements 68
Required Substitutions:
MTH 229, 230
PHY 240/200, 242/202, 244/204
 
Engineering Requirements 97
EGR 153, 190, 191; ME 199 13
E 202, 212, 213, 220 15
ME 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 370, 371 28
ME 408, 414, 415, 460, 490, 491 23
EE 301/302, 321, 401/402, 413/414 18
Related Course Requirements 30
CHM 121 5
MTH 231, 232, 233, 253 18
STT 363 3
CS 316 4
Technical Electives* 10

These courses to be selected from an approved list.

Total 205

*Technical Electives are listed on the mechanical engineering program guide available in the department office.

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering has evolved over the last 25 years from metallurgical engineering, polymer chemistry, and ceramic science. It is increasingly recognized as a key engineering field that opens the door for new developments in other advanced technologies. Over the past several decades, scientists and engineers have successfully developed radically new materials. Examples include lightweight alloys for structural use, composites of high-strength fibers in ductile matrices, semiconductors for electronic devices, and more recently, high-temperature semiconductors. These advances typify the challenge faced by materials engineersˇto select, modify, or develop the right materials for new applications and technologies.

The curriculum includes advanced course work in engineering mechanics, materials science, ceramics, metallurgy, polymer science, electric circuits, materials testing, processing, and design.

Materials Science and Engineering Program Objectives

  • To prepare our students to successfully enter the engineering profession, to pursue graduate study, and to appreciate the benefits of lifelong learning
  • To provide opportunities to learn basic science and engineering concepts and be able to apply them to the field of materials
  • To provide the opportunities to understand the relationship between processing, microstructure, properties, and performance of different material systems
  • To provide the opportunity to develop analytical, experimental, and computational skills
  • To provide these educational opportunities, in both day and evening classes, at a competitive cost to qualified full-time and part-time students

Degree Requirements - Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering Degree

General Education Requirements 68
Required Substitutions:
MTH 229, 230
PHY 240/200, 242/202, 244/204
 

 

Engineering Requirements

 

98

EGR 153, 190,191; ME 199 13
ME 202, 212, 213, 220 15
ME 313, 315, 370, 371, 375, 376, 385, 386 27
ME 470, 472, 477, 479, 482, 483, 492, 493 30
ME 485, 486, 487, 488, 489 (select any two) 8
EE 301, 302 5

 

Related Course Requirements

 

23

CHM 121 5
MTH 231, 232, 233, 253 18

 

Technical Electives*

 

14

These courses to be selected from an approved list.

Total 203

* Technical Electives are listed on the materials science and engineering program guide available in the department office.

Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

Engineering and nonengineering students may earn a minor in materials science and engineering (MSE), in addition to their major, by completing 45 hours of course work as specified below. Thirty-four hours of core courses are required and 11 hours of elective courses may be selected from the list of approved courses. The elective courses permit a student to tailor his or her particular minor program by choosing courses that concentrate on a specific aspect of materials science and engineering, or selecting courses that complement the studentÝs major. Those students who complete the 45 credits with an average grade ýCţ or higher will receive the designation of ýMinor in Materials Science and Engineeringţ on their transcript when they graduate. Minor course credits may also be used to satisfy the requirements of the major field, if allowed.

Minor Requirements 45
Required Courses
ME 212, 213, 313, 315
ME 370, 371, 375, 376, 477
34

 

Elective Courses

 

11

To be selected from an approved list available in the department office, 209 Russ Center.

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