The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree (B.S.M.E.). Our design-oriented and laboratory intensive program emphasizes hands-on experience and teamwork. We provide an education that balances theory and practice within two traditional concentrations:
- Energy Systems – focuses on energy conversion and fluid/thermal systems
- Mechanical Systems – addresses the dynamics and mechanics of a system/component
The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice, and to provide a foundation for lifelong learning as well as professional growth. The course of study begins with a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences, and culminates in a series of design courses. This sequence requires the student to apply material learned in foundation courses to practical design problems in other areas. Traditional classroom instruction is supported with extensive laboratory experience to insure a solid foundation in traditional and emerging areas of mechanical engineering.
- Technical electives help you customize your education. Courses in Aerodynamics, Thermal Environmental Engineering, Intermediate Manufacturing, and Selection of Materials
- A Capstone Experience challenges students to apply what they have learned in a comprehensive design project often done in conjunction with an internship or engineering practitioner. This two-semester experience requires students to engage in a complete design cycle from concept development through design, analysis, manufacturing, report writing, and presentation.
- Our ASME Student Chapter provides students with opportunities to enhance leadership skills, build relationships with peers and alumni, and network with business leaders through conferences and seminars.
- The annual ASME Student Professional Development Conference gives students the opportunity to compete in academic and professional activities with regional engineering schools. Competitions in student design, technical paper writing, and presentation help develop skills in oral presentation, written communication, and real-time problem solving.
- The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge gives students the opportunity to design and build a human-powered vehicle that is raced over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
- The SAE Baja Competition simulates a real-world engineering design project where students are challenged to design, build, and test an off-road vehicle (Mini-Baja) that is raced over the harshest elements of rough terrain.