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 qualifed graduates for advanced studies, if desired.
The graduates 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.
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.