B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
This program is avaialble at: Main Campus.
Mechanical engineers apply physical principles in the creation of useful devices, objects and machines. They design and develop everything that you may think of as a machine: from supersonic jets, to automobiles, to bicycles to toasters. The designs are analyzed using mathematics and physical principles of motion, energy, and force to ensure that the product functions reliably. In many cases the analyses are performed using impressive and exciting state of the art computer aided design (CAD) software. Mechanical engineers also strive to create designs that can be manufactured at a competitive cost. Maintenance of the product after design, and fabrication, are also of concern to mechanical engineers. Practically every product or service in modern life has been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer. This makes mechanical engineering one of the oldest, one of the broadest, and one of the most exciting engineering disciplines.
Curriculum and Plan of Study (131 credits)
The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission de ABET, http://www.abet.org
The number of enrolled students, and the number of graduates, in the past four years is summarized in the following table::
To become the first choice for all motivated students who wish to pursue a mechanical engineering education.
To professionally prepare mechanical engineering graduates who are capable of fulfilling the technological needs of society and excel in the design and realization of mechanical and thermal systems.
Goals of the Mechanical Engineering Program
Note: Goal 1 represents the Program Educational Objectives as defined by ABET, that is, “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to achieve within a few years after graduation”. Goals 2 through 6 are not considered within the ABET definition of Program Educational Objectives; these are general goals that convey additional program endeavors.
1 . (ABET Program Educational Objectives) To provide a thorough education in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, including thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, in order to sustain an excellent and accredited undergraduate program with the following expectations for our students, within a few years after graduation:
- to be gainfully employed in mechanical engineering (or related disciplines) or in good academic standing in a program of graduate studies in a variety of fields, including mechanical engineering;
- to be engaged in activities that promote their professional development;
- to participate in organizations that serve their profession.
2 . To search for, develop, and use the most effective teaching/learning methodologies that deliver graduates with the attitude and ability to apply practical knowledge in the workplace.
3 . To promote scholarly research activities between students and faculty, and to gradually transition from a teaching, to a teaching-and-research program.
4 . To promote participation of students in the innovative Entrepreneurial option (MEPI) as a particularly effective medium through which communication and team skills, leadership qualities, and business sense, can be effectively developed.
5 . To encourage enrichment of the educational experience through participation in student chapters of professional societies, special student projects, and industry internships.
6 . To review, assess and improve the program on a continuous basis.
Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Program
(What students should know and should be able to do by the time of graduation)
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Dr. Juan C. Morales Brignac, P.E.
Dept.of Mechanical Engineering
787.743.7979. Ext. 4182
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