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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.

(l)     an ability to apply the principles of mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations,

(m) an ability to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components, or processes.

(n)   an ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.

Please note that the outcomes (a) through (k) are exactly ABET student outcomes for ALL engineering programs; while outcomes (l),(m),(n) are additional student outcomes we have adopted specific to our program.

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

Enrollment Year

Total

Undergrad

Total

Grad

Degrees Awarded

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

2013-2014

 

FT

73

79

76

150

 

378

146

       
 

PT

0

1

1

7

 

9

34

     

2012-2013

 

FT

81

71

72

109

 

333

132

 

58

62

2

 

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

     

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. The “current” year means the academic year (F2013- S2014).    FT--full time; PT--part time
  • 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.