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Accreditation

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

MEC Mission Statements

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to

  • provide an ABET-accredited program for undergraduate education that prepares  students for a career in mechanical engineering and related fields;
  • provide graduate education and research opportunities for students and practicing engineers;
  • perform cutting-edge research and provide technology transfer to regional and national industries.

MEC Constituents: Alumni and employers

Program Educational Objectives

  • Prepare graduates for performing their job duties to meet the expectations of employers.
  • Prepare qualified graduates for advanced studies, if desired.

Student Outcomes

The students will demonstrate the following:

(a)    an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b)   an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c)    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

(d)   an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e)    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f)    an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g)   an ability to communicate effectively

(h)   the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i)     a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j)     a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k)   an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Outcome Assessment

In our department, a system has been instituted to assess the outcomes of the courses offered. The system works as follows: Each course belongs to one of the eight groups. Each group is assigned typically three faculty members as course coordinators with one of them as the lead coordinator. To ensure objectivity and consistency, two of the coordinators are chosen from the related fields and one is chosen from outside the field. Additionally, every memeber of the faculty is assigned as a course coordinator for at least one group.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data

 Academic Year Status
Enrollment Year

Total Undergrad

Total Grad

Degrees Awarded

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th     Bachelors Masters

Doctorates

2015-2016 FT 56 98 83 186 423 155      
PT 0 2 1 8 11 27      
 2014-2015   FT  59 87 75 165  386 173 102  106  11 
 PT  0 0 1 9 10 35
 2013-2014   FT  73 79 76 150 378 146   84 67 4
 PT  0 1 1 7 9 34
  2012-2013  FT  81 71 72 109 333 132   69 63 0
 PT  0 3 0 13 16 30
  2011-2012  FT  70 79 39 122 310 86   74 34 1
 PT  1 4 2 7 14 23
  2010-2011  FT  88 44 48 103 283 75   38 45 8
 PT  1 0 3 5 9 18
  2009-2010  FT  53 69 55 76 253 69   42 30 3
 PT  1 1 2 9 13 21

Legend: FT--full time; PT--part time

Footnotes:

  • This table provides official fall-term enrollment figures (snap shot of headcount major) for the current and preceding four academic years and undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred during each of those academic years. 
  • Students designated “U4” have completed 85 or more credits. Not all of these students will have completed the program requirements for graduation, due to transfer status, the choice to complete one or more minors (or even a second major), having changed majors at some point in their academic careers, or other reasons.  Hence the total number graduating each year will be significantly fewer that the total of students with U4 status in that year.
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