Mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering education, in particular, face dramatic challenges in the future due to rapidly changing technologies and a new pattern of societal and industrial demands. The vision of the Program is to meet these challenges and exceed the expectations of its constituents by focusing on the following primary strategies of the Program:
- Continuous improvement of an educational environment for outstanding teaching and learning.
- Development of a productive research program through a strategic focus on technology development in emerging areas such as controls, computing, and nanotechnology.
- A successful internship and co-op program that provides students with on-the-job training opportunities.
- An assessment program and procedures in order to insure a high quality program in tune to the needs of the program’s constituents; the students, alumni, employers, faculty, administrations, community and the general public.
- Healthy enrollment that facilitates diversification of curriculum and faculty research and professional development.
In order to achieve its educational objectives and to further the missions and objectives of the University and the College, the program provides an educational environment teeming with opportunities for students to learn and acquire essential knowledge and skills that are defined in the ABET Criteria 2000, through its curriculum and extra curricula activities. The program maintains the undergraduate and graduate curricula that are well balanced in engineering fundamentals, state-of-the-art technology, the real world engineering applications, and in both areas of fluid thermal and solid deformable bodies. The undergraduate curriculum also contains courses that foster critical and independent thinking, decision making, development of interpersonal communication and a life-long learning attitude, working within a team, integration of knowledge, skills, ethics, and personal responsibility. While the Program intends to cultivate the capabilities of its students’ problem solving, fundamental and advanced engineering analyses, design, research and development, it also intends to provide the students with maximum exposure to hands-on, experimental skills to insure the high quality of its graduates. Through courses like stress analysis, controls, and finite element analysis, students will acquire strong tools for design and pertinent knowledge to solve real world engineering problems. Our emphasis on engineering applications, computer simulation, and hands-on experience are complementary to each other with analytical methods of dealing with engineering problems. This approach enhances the effectiveness of teaching and also facilitates the students to understand abstract and difficult subjects. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide the society and industry with “WHOLE PERSON” Mechanical Engineers with superior technical capability.
In order to achieve the objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program listed above, program educational outcomes have been developed along with an extensive assessment process to ensure that the program objectives are achieved. These are discussed in the Outcomes page.