Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program are listed below.

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates:

1. Will have successful careers in engineering and beyond and will have assumed professional roles of increasing reponsibility and impact.

2. Will have acquired new knowledge and expertise through professional development opportunities or advanced education. 

3. Will be engaged in workplace, professional or civic communities. 

The following methods and strategies are used in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program to achieve these program educational objectives:

i. Foster a personalized, supportive environment for all students by taking advantage of a small college atmosphere in a major research university;

ii. Enrich the undergraduate experience through experiential learning and international study opportunities;

iii. Provide a solid foundation and understanding of the fundamental principles of both the thermal-fluids and mechanical systems aspects of mechanical engineering;

iv. Offer a flexible curriculum that includes 21 s.h. elective courses in any  standard i offerings (elective focus areas) or in an individualized elective focus area that is tailored to the student’s career goals;

v. Provide students with opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary design teams and to develop and practice written and oral communication skills;

vi. Offer courses that instruct students on how to design, conduct and interpret analysis, experiments and simulations in thermal-fluids and mechanical systems engineering;

vii. Provide students with opportunities to design mechanical engineering systems, components, and processes to meet specific needs and constraints in select courses throughout the educational program;

viii. Provide a contemporary grounding in professional responsibility, ethics, global and societal impact of engineering decisions, and the need for lifelong learning.

There are 530 undergraduate engineering students majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2014).  The most recent 6-year graduation rate for first year students who completed their degree with a major in Mechanical Engineering is 65%.  The 6-year graduation rate for first year Mechanical Engineering majors, regardless of final major, is 78%.  Most of the attrition occurs between the first and second years.  Approximately 93% of Mechanical Engineering majors return for the 2nd year.