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BS in Mechanical Engineering

BS in Mechanical Engineering

  • QS World University Rankings
    342
  • Degree BS
  • Study Level Bachelors
Mechanical engineering involves the design, development and manufacture of machinery and devices at all scales to transmit power or to convert energy, mainly from thermal or chemical to mechanical. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software. Mechanical engineers use basic principles and computational tools to formulate preliminary and final designs of systems or devices, to perform calculations that predict the behavior of the design, and to collect and analyze performance data from system testing or operation. Traditionally, mechanical engineers have designed and tested such devices as heating and air-conditioning systems, machine tools, internal combustion engines, and steam power plants. Today the expanded role of mechanical engineering reaches well beyond these traditional fields and into biomedical device design, MEMS and nanosystems, as well as into the development of new technologies in a variety of fields such as energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, transportation, manufacturing, and new materials development. The core of the curriculum in mechanical engineering focuses on three areas: applied mechanics, thermo fluids engineering, and materials science. Applied mechanics is the study of the motion and deformation of structural elements acted on by forces in devices that range from rotating industrial dynamos to dentist drills. thermo fluids engineering deals with the motion of fluids and the transfer of energy, as in the cooling of electronic components or the design of gas turbine engines. Materials science is concerned with the relationship between the structure and properties of materials and with the control of structure, through processing, to achieve the desired properties. Practical applications are in the development of high-performance composite materials, metallurgical process industries and green manufacturing. Traditionally, mechanical engineers have designed and tested such devices as heating and air-conditioning systems, machine tools, internal combustion engines, and steam power plants. Today the expanded role of mechanical engineering reaches well beyond these traditional fields and into biomedical device design and nanosystems, as well as into the development of new technologies in a variety of fields such as energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, transportation, manufacturing, and new materials development. Courses in each area form the foundation for advanced analytical and creative design courses that culminate in a two-semester capstone senior design project. Faculty encourages and train students throughout the curriculum to use computer-based design and analysis tools.