Department of Mechanical Engineering
NOTICE: Mechanical Engineering Coures for Fall 2020
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, nearly all ME courses for Fall 2020 are virtual (including some labs). Access to campus is retricted and most faculty are available only through virtual or remote connections.
Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State
With nearly 500 combined (undergraduate and graduate) Mechanical Engineering majors in Fall 2020, the Department is the largest in the Lyles College of Engineering, offering an undergraduate program culminating in a BSME degree and a graduate program culminating in a MSE-ME degree.
The Bachelor of Science 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 123 semester-unit BSME program provides students with an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or BSME) grounded in engineering fundamentals with an emphasis on hands-on professional practice. Students in the BSME program are encouraged to participate as interns in the Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) for Cooperative Education. In addition, as part of their capstone design experience, students can choose a team project either sponsored by industry or from a variety of national competitions such as Formula SAE, SAE Mini Baja, and ASME Human Powered Vehicle, or from a service activity such as Engineers without Borders. "Small class sizes, direct access to faculty as experienced practitioners and experiential, hands-on learning in a variety of laboratory exercises using state-of-the-art equipment/facilities are hallmarks of the program."
The Master of Science Mechanical Engineering program attracts three types of students:
- Seniors in the BSME program who participate in the accelerated (150-unit blended) Masters program;
- BSME-holders working in industry pursuing a Masters part time;
- International students who are entering a graduate program in the US for the first time.
The 30 semester-unit MSME program provides students with a graduate degree (Master of Science in Engineering-Mechanical Engineering option or MSE-ME) grounded in advanced engineering topics with an emphasis on professional practice. Students have the culminating option of i) comprehensive exam (0 units), ii) research project (3 units); or iii) thesis (6 units).
The Department's full-time faculty have academic credentials which cover the major areas of the mechanical engineering discipline. In addition, all the faculty are active practitioners with academic, industrial and government experience and are able to assist students develop professional skills as well as advise/mentor students in career matters.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to:
"provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically-proficient and professional leaders through innovative, entrepreneurial, multi-interdisciplinary engagement in the community and lifelong learning."