Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
220 Engineering Lab
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Contact: James R. Rinderle, Associate Head,
Head of Department: Professor Donald Fisher. Distinguished Professor Goldstein. Professors Chait, Danai, Grosse, B. Kim, Manwell, McGowan, Smith; Associate Professors Baker, de Bruyn Kops, Hyers, Krishnamurty, Muriel, Perot, Rinderle, Rothstein, Schmidt; Assistant Professors Balisubramanian, Lackner, Marquard, Modarres-Sadeghi, Ramasubramaniam; Adjunct Professors Ali, Enghagen, Rotea.
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.
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 think critically, creatively, and rigorously; who employ engineering methods to identify and solve important problems in industry, business, government, and academe; who communicate effectively and function cooperatively in professional contexts; who approach professional practice responsibly and ethically and with an awareness of business, environmental, safety, cultural, societal, and global concerns; who demonstrate professional leadership; and who employ their engineering education as a foundation for advanced study, life-long learning, and career develoment in engineering, management, and other professional fields.
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 2.3 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 in the previous paragraph, students must also satisfy the following requirements and the general university graduation requirements.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineeering Majors
Mechanical Engineering Majors
Industrial Engineering Majors
The curricula are structured to achieve eleven educational outcomes including, for example, engineering problem solving, professional responsibility, experimentation, communication, and design. Many courses address more than one required outcome, e.g., M&I-ENG 415 addresses both technical elements of design and communication skills. Students must demonstrate competency in all required outcomes of all required courses. Students who pass a course but not all required outcomes of the course are notifed in writing of their failure. In such cases, the course instructor and the undergraduate program director will specify a remediation program.
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.
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.
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.