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Overview of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering has been characterized, traditionally, by broad technical activities in the areas of product and machine design; manufacturing and production engineering; the design and installation of thermal-fluid and/or mechanical systems; and the design, analysis and development of energy producing engines or devices. For many years, the curriculum in mechanical engineering has been designed to provide the student with a correspondingly broad range of experiences in basic science; mathematics; communication; design; laboratory experimentation; testing of materials, machinery, and systems; and state of the art technology and procedures.

This breadth of professional practice requires breadth of education. The curriculum in mechanical engineering now consists of 2 semesters of basic science courses (calculus, physics, and chemistry), 2 semesters of basic engineering science courses (mechanics, strength and properties of materials, graphics, electric networks) and 4 semesters of mechanical engineering courses.

The mechanical engineering courses are based on two major stems within the department. They are the fluid/thermal stem and the structure/motion stem. The remainder of the course work increases the students fundamental knowledge (math, controls, economics, and lab courses) or supplements the students ability to work and be competitive in today's industrial environment (computer courses).

Since engineering is a cumulative curriculum, it is expected that the students take all courses in the proper sequence. Prerequisites must be met for every course in the curriculum.

The structure/motion stem consists of Statics and Particle Dynamics, Kinematics and Kinetics of Machines, Machine Design, System Dynamics and Vibrations, Signals, Systems and Controls, and senior lab.

The fluid-thermal stem consists of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and senior lab.

The final courses in each stem is a 2 semester Engineering Clinic course providing the student with a practical design problem which includes preliminary design concepts, a formal design report and a formal presentation of their concept to faculty members and also local industrial representatives.

In order to tailor their education to their own interest, students are required to take 9 hours of elective courses as defined in Information for Seniors.

In an effort to provide a "complete, well-rounded" education, students are required to complete 12 semesters hours of General Education (BoK)Electives. These courses are non-technical courses that are taken throughout the 5-year curriculum.