The mechanical engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The ME Program has chosen that students must have:
- 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 process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary 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 a 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.
In addition, the curriculum must require students to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.
These Student Outcomes are taken from ABET Criterion 3, and the ASME Program Criterion 1.
Program Educational Objectives
Describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies. The ME program has formulated the following Program Educational Objectives:
- Learn and integrate. Graduates of the program will be proficient engineering problem solvers capable of identifying, formulating, and solving engineering problems by applying their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- Think and create. Graduates of the program will be effective mechanical engineering designers capable of modeling, designing, and experimentally verifying a thermal system, a mechanical system, a component, or a process to meet specified engineering requirements while considering real-world constraints and the impact their solution may have on society.
- Communicate. Graduates of the program will be effective verbal and written communicators, and team members capable of clearly developing and explaining their engineering solutions to diverse groups using appropriate tools and technology.
- Clarify purpose and perspective. Graduates of the program will display a keen awareness of their professional and ethical responsibility and to practice lifelong learning.
- Practice citizenship. Graduates of the program will practice environmental stewardship as they consider the impact that their designs have in a global context. Graduates will also add value to organizations, communities and society at large through involvement in professional societies, public presentations, civic engagement and outreach to the next generation.