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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering | Courses | Faculty

220 Engineering Lab

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Contact: James R. Rinderle, Undergraduate Program Director
Office: 207C Engineering Lab Building
Phone: (413) 545-2505

Head of Department: Associate Professor Sundar Krishnamurty. Distinguished Professor Stephen Malkin. Professors Chait, Danai, Fisher, Gao, Goldstein, B. Kim, Manwell, McGowan, Smith; Associate Professors Deshmukh, Grosse, Hyers, Krishnamurty, Muriel, Perot, Rinderle, Schmidt; Assistant Professors Baker, Bobba, de Bruyn Kops, M. Kim, Rothstein; Adjunct Professors Ali, Enghagen.

The Fields

Mechanical engineers design, analyze, develop, and test engineering systems ranging from power plants to jet aircraft to prosthetic limbs to windmills, and their myriad components. Industrial engineers are concerned with the design, installation, analysis, and improvement of integrated systems of people, material, and equipment. Mechanical and industrial engineers often collaborate in manufacturing engineering to ensure that a system of people and manufacturing equipment produces products from a supply of materials and other resources.

Logistics coordination, quality control, simulation, human factors, and economics are all part of industrial engineering. Often industrial engineers focus on enhancing the effectiveness of technological and logistics systems by gathering, structuring, and managing information. Industrial engineers apply their knowledge not only in industry, but also in government, health care, transportation, and many service industries.

Mechanical engineers are engaged in many facets of product and system realization ranging from concept design to production. Along with industrial engineers, they usually determine what gets made and how. Their task is to integrate aspects of mechanical engineering including design, energy, materials, and controls to deliver cost-effective, high-quality products. Like industrial engineers, mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of industries and in many types of organizations. Both are employed not only as engineering professionals but also as technical and corporate managers.

The Majors

The department offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and the B.S. in Industrial Engineering. The educational objectives of the curricula are to develop engineers who can practice their mechanical and industrial engineering profession in business, organizational, societal, and ethical contexts. Graduates exhibit the characteristics associated with professional engineering practice, and understand how a mechanical or industrial engineer fits into an organization and how that organization fits into the global and societal context. They are able to design and conduct effective and efficient engineering experiments and interpret the results; to recognize, solve, and manage mechanical or industrial engineering problems; to communicate effectively at all appropriate organizational levels (e.g., technical, financial, shop floor, in teams); and to recognize and deal with change. Graduates of the programs understand the implications of product/process/life cycle decisions and the relationships between mechanical and industrial design and realization.

The freshman year curricula in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering are identical. The sophomore year curricula are nearly identical. During the junior and senior years, students select required and elective courses relevant to their chosen majors.

Admission to the Majors

To be admitted to either major, a student must complete, with a grade of C or better, all of the seven technical courses in the freshman year: MATH 131 and 132; ENGIN 103 or 110 or 111 or 112 or 113; CHEM-ENG 120 or CE-ENGIN 121 or E&C-ENG 122 or M&I-ENG 124; CHEM 111; and PHYSICS 151 and 153. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in M&I-ENG courses is also required. Students not admitted to a specific engineering discipline can register for junior level M&I-ENG courses only with permission from the department.


In addition to the requirements listed below, students must also satisfy the College of Engineering core requirements and the University graduation requirements.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineeering Majors

124 Computational Approaches to Engineering Problems (or CHEM-ENG 120 or CE-ENGIN 121 or E&C-ENG 122)

201 Introduction to Materials Science

210 Statics

211 Strength of Materials

213 Introduction to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Design

273 Basic Probability and Statistics for En-gineers

375 Manufacturing Processes

ENGIN 113 (or 103 or 110 or 111 or 112) Introduction to Engineering I

ENGIN 351 Writing in Engineering

MATH 131 (or 135) Calculus I

MATH 132 (or 136) Calculus II

MATH 233 Multivariate Calculus

MATH 331 Differential Equations

PHYSICS 151 and 153

PHYSICS 152 and 154

CHEM 111 or 121H

Mechanical Engineering Majors

230 Thermodynamics I

302 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I

310 Dynamics

313 Design of Mechanical Components

340 Fluid Mechanics I

354 Heat Transfer

395 Professional Seminar

E&C-ENG 361 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

397B Dynamic Systems Modeling, Analysis and Simulation

402 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II

413 Design of Mechanical Assemblies

444 Mechanical Engineering Automatic Controls

497E Thermo-Fluid Design

Senior design elective: 415 Design of Mechanical Systems or

497A Design Against Failure

Two Engineering Design or Engineering Science electives:

Choose from M&I-ENG 373, 379, 411, 414, 415, 418, 422, 440, 477, 485, 497A, 497D, 548, 562, 570, 573, 574, 577, 581, 584, 597B, 597E, 597F, 597G, 597I, 597K, 597M, 597Q. Other courses with consent of the M&I-ENG Undergraduate Committee.

Technical elective: One 3-credit M&I-ENG course at the 300 level or above

Industrial Engineering Majors

353 Engineering Economic Decision Making

373 Introduction to Simulation Methods

379 Deterministic Operations Research

390M Stochastic Operations Research

E&C-ENG 361 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering or E&C-ENG 242 Data Structures and Algorithms

422 Statistical Quality Control

460 Human Factors Engineering I

477 Production Planning and Control

478 IE Capstone Design

492 Senior Seminar

MATH 235 Introduction to Linear Algebra

Four MIE Technical electives: Choose from regular 3-credit MIE courses at or above the 300 level except MIE 520, 585, 586, 587. Other engineering courses may be chosen with the consent of the department’s Undergraduate Committee.

MIE elective: one MIE course at or above the 300 level or an approved substitute.

ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics Free Elective: Any 3-credit course other than one which is a prerequisite for a required IE course.

Additional Requirement

To achieve department educational objectives, the curricula include elements related to engineering fundamentals, engineering problem solving, professional responsibility, experimentation, communication, and design. Some courses include more than one required element of the curriculum, e.g., M&I-ENG 213 includes both technical elements of design and communication skills. Students must pass all required elements of all required courses. Students who pass a course but not all required elements of the course are notified in writing of their failure. In such cases, the course instructor and the undergraduate program director will specify a remediation program.

Students in both degree programs are required to complete a senior exit survey.

Course Prerequisites

All students must meet the stated prerequisites for a course or obtain permission of the instructor. Students are responsible for their failure to meet prerequisites. Students may be dropped from any course for which they have not met the prerequisites and, in the instructor’s opinion, do not have adequate preparation.

Curriculum Modification

Students who wish to modify either the ME or IE curriculum to satisfy their needs must have written prior approval from the MIE undergraduate committee for all changes.

Honors Program

Both the ME and the IE programs support a departmental honors program. Information on the Honors Program can be found in the Commonwealth College section in this catalog. Students interested in the departmental honors program should contact the undergraduate program director.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering | Courses | Faculty