Dr. Gemunu Happawana, Chair
Engineering East Building, Room 154
Mechanical engineering is the use of basic science in the design and manufacture of
components and systems. This requires the application of physical and mechanical principles
in the development of machines, energy conversion systems, materials, and equipment
for measurement and control. Knowledge of mathematics, physics, and chemistry lies
at the core of this field. Application of this knowledge uses engineering technology
-- a disciplined way of thinking, modeling, and testing that enables development of
new systems despite incomplete information and uncertainty.
The undergraduate and graduate programs in mechanical engineering provide basics and advanced studies in design, advanced materials, alternative energy and sustainable systems, engineering mechanics, mechatronics and controls and thermo-fluids. All areas include statics, dynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and experimental methods. Application areas in design include mechanics of materials, applied mechanics, structural and manufacturing aspects of producing equipment, and vibrations. Application areas in thermal and fluid mechanics focus on energy conversion and include combustion, heat engines, refrigeration, and fluid flow.
Students should consult with their advisers to select the proper courses that emphasize their areas of interest.
Attainment of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Professional Engineering (PE) licensure are strongly recommended as first steps in professional lifelong learning.
Our mission is to provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically proficient, professional leaders through engagement in the community and lifelong learning.
Program Educational Objectives - BSME
Our alumni (within three to five years after graduation) will:
- Be engaged in a professional career of graduate studies using knowledge and skills obtained in their ME education;
- Become leaders and effective communicators actively involved in their community for the betterment of society.
Upon the successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
program at California State University, Fresno, students will have achieved the following:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The program has been continuously accredited since 1965.
The department participates in a cooperative education program (Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) for cooperative education) which allows the student to gain industrial experience and financial benefits through projects with local companies.