Mission, Objectives & Educational Outcomes
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to provide students with the fundamental background necessary for an active career in mechanical engineering, and for the continuation of their education through post-graduate studies; to conduct applied and basic research; and to provide service to the engineering profession and the community.
Within three to five years of graduation, graduates are expected to exhibit the following professional characteristics:
- Career Contribution and Advancement: Through their ability to solve engineering problems, meaningful design and hands-on experiences, critical thinking skills, and training in teamwork and communication, graduates will make significant contribution to their chosen field and advance professionally in mechanical engineering or allied disciplines.
- Professionalism: Graduates will act with both professional and social responsibility in their career field, including a commitment to protect both occupational and public health and safety, and apply ethical standards related to the practice of engineering.
- Life-Long Learning: Graduates will understand that their undergraduate education was just the beginning of their training, and will continue to develop their knowledge and skills through progress toward or completion of graduate education, and/or professional development through short courses or seminars, and/or professional certification, and/or participation in professional societies.
Educational Outcomes for Student Performance
The program will meet the above objectives by establishing the following educational outcomes for student performance.
At the time of graduation, the students will attain the following:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals. plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- The ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.