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Lyles College of Engineering
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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 program in mechanical engineering provides basics in design and in thermal and fluid mechanics. 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.
Engineer-in-Training and Professional Engineering registration are strongly
recommended as first licensing steps in professional lifelong learning.
Our mission is to provide an educational program that allows our students to meet or exceed the necessary level of academic preparedness for successful professional employment and for graduate study through continuous improvement in curricula and instruction.
The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program were developed to prepare the graduates to be able to do the following:
- Apply skills and understanding of engineering sciences with a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics necessary for engineering practice.
- Design and develop components, systems and products that meet specific requirements and use resources prudently in solving complex problems encountered in professional practice.
- Develop, test, evaluate, and execute engineering solutions to problems and projects that are practical and of a complexity encountered in professional practice.
- 4. Design and conduct experiments; analyze results.
- Communicate and perform effectively as engineering professionals in both individual and team-based project environments, providing leadership as necessary.
- 6. Practice professional and ethical responsibilities, including understanding of the societal impact of engineering solutions.
- Recognize and understand contemporary issues and the role of professionals in global society.
- Develop intellectually and technically through continued learning.
The department participates in the Cooperative Education Program which allows the student to gain industrial experience and financial benefits through projects with local companies.
The creation, design, and improvement of products, processes, and systems that are mechanical in nature are the core of many industries. Solutions to such major problems as environmental pollution, lack of mass transportation, and need for new sources of energy will depend heavily on the ability to create new types of machines and mechanical systems. Full use of developments in emerging fields, such as nanotechnology and bioengineering, require mechanical systems. These needs have created a substantial demand for mechanical engineers in a broad range of fields. Excellent career opportunities for mechanical engineers exist in aerospace, biomedical, computer, electronics, energy, environmental, manufacturing and fabrication, machine and tool design, transportation, and a host of other industries.