The curriculum in Mechanical Engineering focuses on the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical components and systems. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental concepts of engineering science and design needed in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, material and chemical processing, microsystems and sensors, nanotechnology, machinery and robotics, pharmaceutical, energy production and distribution, heating and refrigeration, food production and processing, entertainment, pulp and paper, weapons systems, and many others. Mechanical engineering students take courses in several areas of engineering including: mechanics of rigid and deformable solids, thermo-fluid sciences, energy systems, dynamic systems and controls, design and manufacturing, materials, and electronics.
The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will be:
- Engaged in careers where they apply knowledge of the fundamental subject areas of mechanical engineering science to the analysis, design, and manufacture of mechanical devices and systems.
- Proficient in a broad array of professional skills, including engineering software tools, oral and written communication, leadership, and teamwork.
- Aware of the importance of, and engage in the process of lifelong learning through self-study, continuing education courses, and graduate-level education.
- Knowledgeable in a broad range of contemporary issues, particularly as they impact the mechanical engineering profession.
Students are able to concentrate on areas of special interest through technical elective courses taken in the senior year. In addition, specialized concentrations are offered in Automotive Engineering and in Pulp and Paper Engineering. Minors are offered in Tribology, Business Engineering and Technology, and in Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing.
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