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Academic Philosophy

Mechanical Engineering

Academic Philosophy

Mechanical Engineering is a very broad and versatile profession. Mechanical engineers deal with a wide spectrum of topics ranging from cell mechanics to the design of huge launching pads for space vehicles. Their domain of interest includes energy conversion, space propulsion, transportation vehicles, manufacturing, assembly lines, robotics, computer hardware, pollution control, biomechanics, medical instruments, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning. The diverse and extensive nature of mechanical engineering provides vast opportunities for employment in many challenging and exciting industries. Our educational program is carefully designed to meet industry's criteria for successful engineers. It stresses fundamentals as well as practice. It focuses on creative thinking and problem-solving skills. It emphasizes written and oral communication, teamwork, design, time management, computer utilization and communication through graphics. Its primary goal is education for career-long learning, giving students the educational tools to enable them to deal with rapidly advancing technologies.

Practice in teamwork is achieved through design projects, computer-aided manufacturing, participation in regional and national contests, independent study and group learning settings. Skills in oral and written communication are gained through reports and presentations of individual and team projects. Modern laboratories provide opportunities for training in measurements and testing. Computers are extensively used in design, simulation, optimization and learning through graphics.

Consistent with the mission, the following Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes are established to provide a quality education in mechanical engineering:

  • Our graduates will have successful professional careers;
  • Our graduates will engage in professional development to enhance their competencies and careers;
  • Our graduates will pursue advanced studies if they choose to do so.

Upon graduation our students are expected to have the following student outcomes:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or a process to meet desired needs within realistic constrains such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, an sustainability;  
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • preparation for pursuing advanced degrees;
  • knowledge of specialized and emerging areas in Mechanical Engineering.