Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of science degree
Mechanical Engineering
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Overview
From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work.
Wherever there is motion or energy, mechanical engineers have played a role in the innovations that define modern life. RIT’s mechanical engineering degree provides students with a broad academic base complemented by handson laboratory activities and cooperative education experience. Students may also choose to concentrate their studies with professional electives focusing on aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, energy and the environment, bioengineering, or manufacturing and design.
Mechanical engineering is perhaps the most comprehensive of the engineering disciplines. The mechanical engineer’s interests encompass the design of automotive and aerospace systems, bioengineering devices, and energyrelated technologies. The spectrum of professional activity for the mechanical engineering graduate runs from research through design and development to manufacturing and sales. Because of their comprehensive training and education, mechanical engineers often are called upon to assume management positions.
The mechanical engineering department offers professional courses in bioengineering, energy systems, applied mechanics, manufacturing, materials science, systems analysis, computeraided graphics and design, robotics, and automotive and aerospace engineering. The department’s laboratories are equipped to provide extensive experimentation in these areas. Laboratory facilities include a wellinstrumented wind tunnel, a particle imaging velocimetry laser system for flow visualization, advanced heat transfer systems, robotics, a proton exchange membrane fuel cell, engine dynamometers, fluid flow loops, refrigeration systems, tensile testers, compression testers, torsion testers, hardness testers, Xray diffractometer, atomic force microscope, dynamic system simulators, a spectrum analyzer, and a wellequipped machine shop.
Educational objectives
The objectives of the mechanical engineering major are to prepare graduates to:
 practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering.
 enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.
 work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.
 successfully pursue graduate degrees at the master's and/or doctoral levels, should they choose.
Plan of study
The mechanical engineering major provides students with a broad academic base complemented by handson laboratory activities and cooperative education experience. Students devote their first two years to the study of mathematics, physical sciences, liberal arts, and engineering sciences, while the third and fourth years emphasize engineering science, design, and systems.
A student may then specialize by choosing appropriate technical and free elective courses in an area of interest. Each of the listed professional electives includes a significant design project. In the fifth year, each student is required to complete the capstone design courses, Senior Design I and II (MECE497, 498).
Students complete liberal arts general education courses in the various perspectives to round out their education. During the course of their studies, students must demonstrate writing competency of the English language by successfully completing a Contemporary Issues course offered by the mechanical engineering department.
Options
Students may select a number of course options to gain specialized study in a particular discipline of mechanical engineering. Options include aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, bioengineering, and energy and environment. Participation in one of these options is not required. However, they are offered for those students who seek to pursue a career in one of these specialized fields of mechanical engineering. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 within the option sequence of courses to remain in the option.
Students may elect to complete the major without an option and instead customize their academic study in support of their career plans. The mechanical engineering major is relatively flexible and allows students to pursue options, minors, and even multiple degrees.
Aerospace engineering
The aerospace engineering option allows for specialized study in the engineering aspects of air and spaceborne vehicles and starts with a course introducing students to the aerospace field. The sequence starts in the third year with students taking a variety of electives focused on aerospace. In addition, students are expected to work on an aerospace engineering design project in Multidisciplinary Senior Design I and II (MECE497, 498) and to pursue coop employment in a related field.
Automotive engineering
The automotive engineering option offers a series of specialized professional elective courses during the fourth and fifth years that provide an introduction to vehicle power plants, dynamics, and control systems. In addition, students are expected to work on an automotive senior design in the fifth year and to pursue coop employment in a related field.
Bioengineering
The bioengineering option provides an introduction to engineering sciences and design based upon a foundation of biological sciences. The course sequence starts with a biological science elective, which counts as a free elective. Students are expected to work on a bioengineering design project in their fifth year and to pursue coop employment in a related field.
Energy and environment
This option provides students with exposure to a wide range of opportunities and careers associated with energyintensive systems and how they relate to the environment. This option increases the number of opportunities students have for careers in the fields of building energy systems, alternative and renewable energy, and direct energy conversion. Students are expected to work on an energy systems design project in senior design and to pursue coop employment in a related field.
Activities and professional organizations
Students have an opportunity to participate in regional and national design competitions such as the Formula SAE Autosports Competition team, the SAE Aerodesign Club, and the HumanPowered Vehicle Competition team. They also are encouraged to participate in the student chapters of professional societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Industries

Automotive 
Manufacturing 
Defense 
Aerospace
Curriculum
Mechanical Engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4 
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4 
MECE102 
Engineering Mechanics Laboratory
This course examines classical Newtonian mechanics from a calculusbased fundamental perspective with close coupling to integrated laboratory experiences. Topics include kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; workenergy theorem, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; mechanical waves, and oscillations and gravitation within the context of mechanical engineering, using mechanical engineering conventions and nomenclature. Each topic is reviewed in lecture, and then thoroughly studied in multiple accompanying laboratory sessions. Students conduct experiments using modern data acquisition technology; and analyze, interpret, and present the results using modern computer software.

3 
MECE103 
Statics
This basic course treats the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces. It integrates the mathematical subjects of calculus, vector algebra and simultaneous algebraic equations with the physical concepts of equilibrium in two and three dimensions. Topics include concepts of force and moment, friction, centroids and moments of inertia, and equilibrium of trusses, frames and machines.

3 
MECE104 
Engineering Design Tools
This course combines the elements of Design process, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Machine Shop Fabrication in the context of a design/build/test project. You will learn how to work in a team and use a formalized design process to justify and support design choices, how to use a CAD package to create threedimensional models and assemblies, and how to safely fabricate metal parts using vertical mills and lathes.

3 
MECE117 
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
This course provides the student with an overview of the use of computer programming for solving problems encountered in engineering. Students will learn how to develop an algorithm for solving a problem and to translate that algorithm into computer code using fundamental structured programming techniques. The programming language(s) employed are selected to support computational problemsolving in higherlevel mechanical engineering courses.

3 
YOPS10 
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies.

0 
First Year Writing (WI) 
3  
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 
3  
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 
3  
LAS Elective 
3  
Second Year  
EEEE281 
Circuits I
Covers basics of DC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Linearity and superposition, together with Kirchhoff's laws, are applied to analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of circuit elements. Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorems are proved and applied. Circuits with ideal opamps are introduced. Inductance and capacitance are introduced and the transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits to step inputs is established. Practical aspects of the properties of passive devices and batteries are discussed, as are the characteristics of batterypowered circuitry. The laboratory component incorporates use of both computer and manually controlled instrumentation including power supplies, signal generators and oscilloscopes to reinforce concepts discussed in class as well as circuit design and simulation software.

3 
EGEN099 
Engineering Coop Preparation
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for coop and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.

0 
MATH219 
Multivariable Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes the study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and includes applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH221.

3 
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3 
MECE110 
Thermodynamics I
A basic course introducing the classical theory of thermodynamics. Applications of the first law of thermodynamics are used to introduce the student to thermodynamic processes for closed and open systems. The Clausius and KelvinPlanck statements of the second law are then correlated with the concept of entropy and enthalpy to investigate both real and reversible processes and the thermodynamic properties of pure substances. These techniques are then used to evaluate thermodynamic cycles for a variety of applications in power generation and refrigeration. Students are then introduced to techniques to imporove thermal efficiency of these cycles such as reheat, regeneration, and cogeneration.

3 
MECE203 
Strength of Materials I
A basic course in the fundamental principles of the mechanics of deformable media, including stress, strain, deflections and the relationships among them. The basic loadings of tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending are also included.

3 
MECE204 
Strength of Materials I Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE203. Students investigate a metallic material’s response to axial, torsional, and bending loads. Students are introduced to reduction and analysis of data, basic experimental techniques, and effective report writing.

1 
MECE205 
Dynamics
A basic course in the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's Laws and the theorems of workenergy and impulse momentum are applied to a variety of particle problems. Systems of particles are employed to transition to the analysis of rigid body problems. Absolute and relative motion are used to investigate the kinematics and kinetics of systems of rigid bodies. Newton's Laws are applied to a variety of twodimensional rigid body problems.

3 
MECE210 
Fluid Mechanics I
This course investigates the physical characteristics of a fluid: density, stress, pressure, viscosity, temperature, vapor pressure, compressibility. Descriptions of flows include Lagrangian and Eulerian; streamlines, pathlines and streaklines. Classification of flows include fluid statics, hydrostatic pressure at a point, pressure field in a static fluid, manometry, forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy, standard and adiabatic atmospheres. Flow fields and fundamental laws are investigated including systems and control volumes, Reynolds Transport theorem, integral control volume analysis of basic equations for stationary and moving control volumes. Inviscid Bernoulli and the Engineering Bernoulli equation are utilized when analyzing fluid systems. Other concepts studied include incompressible flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows, separation phenomenon, dimensional analysis.

3 
MECE211 
Engineering Measurements Lab
This course is focused on developing skills and knowledge in the areas of instrumentation, computer data acquisition (DAQ), measurement theory, uncertainty analysis, data analysis, and technical report writing. Specific topics that are covered include:
• Physical dimension variability assessment
• Centrifugal pump performance evaluation
• Temperature, pressure, and flow instrumentation and measurements
• LabVIEW programming and DAQ hardware application
• Transient measurements including computer data acquisition
• Digital signal input and output
Each topic includes background theoretical content with some individual exercises and then a teambased lab with accompanying lab report. Reports are submitted first in draft form and are reviewed by peers in class before preparing them for final draft submission

2 
LAS Perspective 3 (global) 
3  
LAS Perspective 4 (social) 
3  
LAS Immersion 1 
3  
Third/Fourth Year  
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3 
MATH326 
Boundary Value Problems
This course provides an introduction to boundary value problems. Topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

3 
MECE301 
Engineering Applications Laboratory
As a modification of the more “traditional” lab approach, students work in teams to complete an openended project involving theoretical and empirical analyses of an assigned system, applying engineering concepts and skills learned throughout prior courses. After successfully completing this course, students will have achieved a higher level of understanding of, and proficiency in, the tasks of qualitative treatment of real systems, development and implementation of analytical models, design and implementation of experimental investigations, and validation of results.

2 
MECE305 
Materials Science with Applications
This course provides the student with an overview of structure, properties, and processing of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Relevant basic manufacturing processes and materials selection is also discussed. There is a particular emphasis on steels, but significant attention is given to nonferrous metals, ceramics, and polymers

3 
MECE306 
Materials Science with Applications Lab
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE304 Fundamentals of Materials Science or MECE305 Materials Science with Applications. Students investigate the effects of the structure, alloying, and processing of materials on their mechanical properties. Students are also introduced to standardized testing methods and effective, professional, report writing.

1 
MECE310 
Heat Transfer I
A first course in the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, together with applications to typical engineering systems. Topics include one and twodimensional steady state and transient heat conduction, radiation exchange between black and gray surfaces, correlation equations for laminar/turbulent internal and external convection, and an introduction to heat exchangers analysis and design by LMTD and NTU methods.

3 
MECE320 
System Dynamics
This required course introduces the student to lumped parameter system modeling, analysis and design. The determination and solution of differential equations that model system behavior is a vital aspect of the course. System response phenomena are characterized in both time and frequency domains and evaluated based on performance criteria. Laboratory exercises enhance student proficiency with model simulation, basic instrumentation, data acquisition, data analysis, and model validation.

3 
MECE348 
Contemporary Issues
This course introduces students to contemporary technologies in a specific field of mechanical engineering. In the process of exploring these technologies, the course teaches and applies skills related to communication, economic analysis, ethical analysis, and explores the positive and negative effects of technologies on our society and environment. Specific attention is focused on current events both domestically and internationally.

3 
MECE499 
Coop (two during the academic year, two during summer)
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
PHYS212 
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.

4 
MECE3xx  ME Extended Core Elective 
3 
ME Approved Science Elective 
3  
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): ME Approved Science Elective 
3  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Fifth Year  
MECE497 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
The first of a twocourse capstone design sequence. Students work in multidisciplinary design teams in an environment approximating an industrial setting. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. In this course, student teams develop their proposed final design of a mechanical system after identifying possible alternative concepts. The final design must be supported by sound engineering analyses and by engineering drawings necessary to build a prototype. This course is intended to be taken as a capstone design experience near the conclusion of the student's program of study.

3 
MECE498 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design II
The second of the twocourse capstone design sequence. The same student teams from Senior Design I return to build and test a working prototype of their previously developed final design. Continued emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

3 
STAT205 
Applied Statistics
This course covers basic statistical concepts and techniques including descriptive statistics, probability, inference, and quality control. The statistical package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on statistical applications and quality improvement in engineering. This course is intended for engineering programs and has a calculus prerequisite. Note: This course may not be taken for credit if credit is to be earned in STAT145 or STAT155 or MATH 252..

3 
ME Extended Core or Applied Elective 
3  
ME Applied Electives 
6  
LAS Immersion 2, 3 
6  
Free Electives 
6  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Total Semester Credit Hours  129 
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
Accelerated dual degree options
Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, wellqualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.
Mechanical Engineering, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4 
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4 
MECE102 
Engineering Mechanics Laboratory
This course examines classical Newtonian mechanics from a calculusbased fundamental perspective with close coupling to integrated laboratory experiences. Topics include kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; workenergy theorem, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; mechanical waves, and oscillations and gravitation within the context of mechanical engineering, using mechanical engineering conventions and nomenclature. Each topic is reviewed in lecture, and then thoroughly studied in multiple accompanying laboratory sessions. Students conduct experiments using modern data acquisition technology; and analyze, interpret, and present the results using modern computer software.

3 
MECE103 
Statics
This basic course treats the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces. It integrates the mathematical subjects of calculus, vector algebra and simultaneous algebraic equations with the physical concepts of equilibrium in two and three dimensions. Topics include concepts of force and moment, friction, centroids and moments of inertia, and equilibrium of trusses, frames and machines.

3 
MECE104 
Engineering Design Tools
This course combines the elements of Design process, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Machine Shop Fabrication in the context of a design/build/test project. You will learn how to work in a team and use a formalized design process to justify and support design choices, how to use a CAD package to create threedimensional models and assemblies, and how to safely fabricate metal parts using vertical mills and lathes.

3 
MECE117 
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
This course provides the student with an overview of the use of computer programming for solving problems encountered in engineering. Students will learn how to develop an algorithm for solving a problem and to translate that algorithm into computer code using fundamental structured programming techniques. The programming language(s) employed are selected to support computational problemsolving in higherlevel mechanical engineering courses.

3 
YOPS10 
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies.

0 
First Year Writing (WI) 
3  
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 
3  
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 
3  
LAS Elective 
3  
Second Year  
EGEN099 
Engineering Coop Preparation
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for coop and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.

0 
EEEE281 
Circuits I
Covers basics of DC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Linearity and superposition, together with Kirchhoff's laws, are applied to analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of circuit elements. Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorems are proved and applied. Circuits with ideal opamps are introduced. Inductance and capacitance are introduced and the transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits to step inputs is established. Practical aspects of the properties of passive devices and batteries are discussed, as are the characteristics of batterypowered circuitry. The laboratory component incorporates use of both computer and manually controlled instrumentation including power supplies, signal generators and oscilloscopes to reinforce concepts discussed in class as well as circuit design and simulation software.

3 
MATH219 
Multivariable Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes the study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and includes applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH221.

3 
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3 
MECE110 
Thermodynamics I
A basic course introducing the classical theory of thermodynamics. Applications of the first law of thermodynamics are used to introduce the student to thermodynamic processes for closed and open systems. The Clausius and KelvinPlanck statements of the second law are then correlated with the concept of entropy and enthalpy to investigate both real and reversible processes and the thermodynamic properties of pure substances. These techniques are then used to evaluate thermodynamic cycles for a variety of applications in power generation and refrigeration. Students are then introduced to techniques to imporove thermal efficiency of these cycles such as reheat, regeneration, and cogeneration.

3 
MECE203 
Strength of Materials I
A basic course in the fundamental principles of the mechanics of deformable media, including stress, strain, deflections and the relationships among them. The basic loadings of tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending are also included.

3 
MECE204 
Strength of Materials I Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE203. Students investigate a metallic material’s response to axial, torsional, and bending loads. Students are introduced to reduction and analysis of data, basic experimental techniques, and effective report writing.

1 
MECE205 
Dynamics
A basic course in the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's Laws and the theorems of workenergy and impulse momentum are applied to a variety of particle problems. Systems of particles are employed to transition to the analysis of rigid body problems. Absolute and relative motion are used to investigate the kinematics and kinetics of systems of rigid bodies. Newton's Laws are applied to a variety of twodimensional rigid body problems.

3 
MECE210 
Fluid Mechanics I
This course investigates the physical characteristics of a fluid: density, stress, pressure, viscosity, temperature, vapor pressure, compressibility. Descriptions of flows include Lagrangian and Eulerian; streamlines, pathlines and streaklines. Classification of flows include fluid statics, hydrostatic pressure at a point, pressure field in a static fluid, manometry, forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy, standard and adiabatic atmospheres. Flow fields and fundamental laws are investigated including systems and control volumes, Reynolds Transport theorem, integral control volume analysis of basic equations for stationary and moving control volumes. Inviscid Bernoulli and the Engineering Bernoulli equation are utilized when analyzing fluid systems. Other concepts studied include incompressible flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows, separation phenomenon, dimensional analysis.

3 
MECE211 
Engineering Measurements Lab
This course is focused on developing skills and knowledge in the areas of instrumentation, computer data acquisition (DAQ), measurement theory, uncertainty analysis, data analysis, and technical report writing. Specific topics that are covered include:
• Physical dimension variability assessment
• Centrifugal pump performance evaluation
• Temperature, pressure, and flow instrumentation and measurements
• LabVIEW programming and DAQ hardware application
• Transient measurements including computer data acquisition
• Digital signal input and output
Each topic includes background theoretical content with some individual exercises and then a teambased lab with accompanying lab report. Reports are submitted first in draft form and are reviewed by peers in class before preparing them for final draft submission

2 
LAS Perspective 3 (global) 
3  
LAS Perspective 4 (social) 
3  
LAS Immersion 1 
3  
Third Year  
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3 
MATH326 
Boundary Value Problems
This course provides an introduction to boundary value problems. Topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

3 
MECE301 
Engineering Applications Laboratory
As a modification of the more “traditional” lab approach, students work in teams to complete an openended project involving theoretical and empirical analyses of an assigned system, applying engineering concepts and skills learned throughout prior courses. After successfully completing this course, students will have achieved a higher level of understanding of, and proficiency in, the tasks of qualitative treatment of real systems, development and implementation of analytical models, design and implementation of experimental investigations, and validation of results.

2 
MECE305 
Materials Science with Applications
This course provides the student with an overview of structure, properties, and processing of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Relevant basic manufacturing processes and materials selection is also discussed. There is a particular emphasis on steels, but significant attention is given to nonferrous metals, ceramics, and polymers

3 
MECE306 
Materials Science with Applications Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE304 Fundamentals of Materials Science or MECE305 Materials Science with Applications. Students investigate the effects of the structure, alloying, and processing of materials on their mechanical properties. Students are also introduced to standardized testing methods and effective, professional, report writing.

1 
MECE310 
Heat Transfer I
A first course in the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, together with applications to typical engineering systems. Topics include one and twodimensional steady state and transient heat conduction, radiation exchange between black and gray surfaces, correlation equations for laminar/turbulent internal and external convection, and an introduction to heat exchangers analysis and design by LMTD and NTU methods.

3 
MECE320 
System Dynamics
This required course introduces the student to lumped parameter system modeling, analysis and design. The determination and solution of differential equations that model system behavior is a vital aspect of the course. System response phenomena are characterized in both time and frequency domains and evaluated based on performance criteria. Laboratory exercises enhance student proficiency with model simulation, basic instrumentation, data acquisition, data analysis, and model validation.

3 
MECE348 
Contemporary Issues
This course introduces students to contemporary technologies in a specific field of mechanical engineering. In the process of exploring these technologies, the course teaches and applies skills related to communication, economic analysis, ethical analysis, and explores the positive and negative effects of technologies on our society and environment. Specific attention is focused on current events both domestically and internationally.

3 
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
PHYS212 
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.

4 
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 
3  
ME Approved Science Elective 
3  
ME Extended Core Elective 
3  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Fourth Year  
MECE707 
Engineering Analysis
This course trains students to utilize mathematical techniques from an engineering perspective, and provides essential background for success in graduate level studies. An intensive review of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations and Laplace transforms is provided. Laplace transform methods are extended to boundaryvalue problems and applications to control theory are discussed. Problem solving efficiency is stressed, and to this end, the utility of various available techniques are contrasted. The frequency response of ordinary differential equations is discussed extensively. Applications of linear algebra are examined, including the use of eigenvalue analysis in the solution of linear systems and in multivariate optimization. An introduction to Fourier analysis is also provided.

3 
STAT205 
Applied Statistics
This course covers basic statistical concepts and techniques including descriptive statistics, probability, inference, and quality control. The statistical package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on statistical applications and quality improvement in engineering. This course is intended for engineering programs and has a calculus prerequisite. Note: This course may not be taken for credit if credit is to be earned in STAT145 or STAT155 or MATH 252..

3 
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
Graduate Focus Area Course 
3  
Free Elective 
3  
Graduate Electives 
6  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Fifth Year  
MECE497 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
The first of a twocourse capstone design sequence. Students work in multidisciplinary design teams in an environment approximating an industrial setting. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. In this course, student teams develop their proposed final design of a mechanical system after identifying possible alternative concepts. The final design must be supported by sound engineering analyses and by engineering drawings necessary to build a prototype. This course is intended to be taken as a capstone design experience near the conclusion of the student's program of study.

3 
MECE498 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design II
The second of the twocourse capstone design sequence. The same student teams from Senior Design I return to build and test a working prototype of their previously developed final design. Continued emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

3 
MECE709 
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
This is a course in partial differential equations focused primarily on separation of variable techniques, and teaches the necessary vector space theory so that the problem solving methodology may be understood completely. Algebraic vector space concepts, such as the basis, are extended to functions, and operator theory is introduced as a means of unifying the solution structure of linear algebraic and differential equation systems. Existence and uniqueness is examined by considering the null and range spaces of algebraic and differential operators, the adjoint operator, and Fredholm's Alternative. Eigenvalue analysis is extended to functions, including an examination of SturmLiouville theory. Solutions of Laplace's equation, the heat equation, the wave equation, and the biharmonic equation are examined in a variety of geometries.

3 
MECE790 
Thesis
Thesis In conference with an adviser, a topic is chosen. Periodic progress reports and a final written document with an oral examination are required.

6 
LAS Immersion 2, 3 
6  
Free Elective 
3  
Graduate Focus Area Courses 
6  
Graduate Elective 
3  
Total Semester Credit Hours  150 
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
Mechanical Engineering, BS/ME degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4  
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4  
MECE102 
Engineering Mechanics Laboratory
This course examines classical Newtonian mechanics from a calculusbased fundamental perspective with close coupling to integrated laboratory experiences. Topics include kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; workenergy theorem, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; mechanical waves, and oscillations and gravitation within the context of mechanical engineering, using mechanical engineering conventions and nomenclature. Each topic is reviewed in lecture, and then thoroughly studied in multiple accompanying laboratory sessions. Students conduct experiments using modern data acquisition technology; and analyze, interpret, and present the results using modern computer software.

3  
MECE103 
Statics
This basic course treats the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces. It integrates the mathematical subjects of calculus, vector algebra and simultaneous algebraic equations with the physical concepts of equilibrium in two and three dimensions. Topics include concepts of force and moment, friction, centroids and moments of inertia, and equilibrium of trusses, frames and machines.

3  
MECE104 
Engineering Design Tools
This course combines the elements of Design process, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Machine Shop Fabrication in the context of a design/build/test project. You will learn how to work in a team and use a formalized design process to justify and support design choices, how to use a CAD package to create threedimensional models and assemblies, and how to safely fabricate metal parts using vertical mills and lathes.

3  
MECE117 
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
This course provides the student with an overview of the use of computer programming for solving problems encountered in engineering. Students will learn how to develop an algorithm for solving a problem and to translate that algorithm into computer code using fundamental structured programming techniques. The programming language(s) employed are selected to support computational problemsolving in higherlevel mechanical engineering courses.

3  
YOPS10 
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies.

0  
First Year Writing (WI) 
3  
LAS Elective 
3  
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 
3  
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 
3  
Second Year  
EEEE281 
Circuits I
Covers basics of DC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Linearity and superposition, together with Kirchhoff's laws, are applied to analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of circuit elements. Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorems are proved and applied. Circuits with ideal opamps are introduced. Inductance and capacitance are introduced and the transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits to step inputs is established. Practical aspects of the properties of passive devices and batteries are discussed, as are the characteristics of batterypowered circuitry. The laboratory component incorporates use of both computer and manually controlled instrumentation including power supplies, signal generators and oscilloscopes to reinforce concepts discussed in class as well as circuit design and simulation software.

3  
EGEN099 
Engineering Coop Preparation
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for coop and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.

0  
MATH219 
Multivariable Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes the study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and includes applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH221.

3  
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3  
MECE110 
Thermodynamics I
A basic course introducing the classical theory of thermodynamics. Applications of the first law of thermodynamics are used to introduce the student to thermodynamic processes for closed and open systems. The Clausius and KelvinPlanck statements of the second law are then correlated with the concept of entropy and enthalpy to investigate both real and reversible processes and the thermodynamic properties of pure substances. These techniques are then used to evaluate thermodynamic cycles for a variety of applications in power generation and refrigeration. Students are then introduced to techniques to imporove thermal efficiency of these cycles such as reheat, regeneration, and cogeneration.

3  
MECE203 
Strength of Materials I
A basic course in the fundamental principles of the mechanics of deformable media, including stress, strain, deflections and the relationships among them. The basic loadings of tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending are also included.

3  
MECE204 
Strength of Materials I Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE203. Students investigate a metallic material’s response to axial, torsional, and bending loads. Students are introduced to reduction and analysis of data, basic experimental techniques, and effective report writing.

1  
MECE205 
Dynamics
A basic course in the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's Laws and the theorems of workenergy and impulse momentum are applied to a variety of particle problems. Systems of particles are employed to transition to the analysis of rigid body problems. Absolute and relative motion are used to investigate the kinematics and kinetics of systems of rigid bodies. Newton's Laws are applied to a variety of twodimensional rigid body problems.

3  
MECE210 
Fluid Mechanics I
This course investigates the physical characteristics of a fluid: density, stress, pressure, viscosity, temperature, vapor pressure, compressibility. Descriptions of flows include Lagrangian and Eulerian; streamlines, pathlines and streaklines. Classification of flows include fluid statics, hydrostatic pressure at a point, pressure field in a static fluid, manometry, forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy, standard and adiabatic atmospheres. Flow fields and fundamental laws are investigated including systems and control volumes, Reynolds Transport theorem, integral control volume analysis of basic equations for stationary and moving control volumes. Inviscid Bernoulli and the Engineering Bernoulli equation are utilized when analyzing fluid systems. Other concepts studied include incompressible flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows, separation phenomenon, dimensional analysis.

3  
MECE211 
Engineering Measurements Lab
This course is focused on developing skills and knowledge in the areas of instrumentation, computer data acquisition (DAQ), measurement theory, uncertainty analysis, data analysis, and technical report writing. Specific topics that are covered include:
• Physical dimension variability assessment
• Centrifugal pump performance evaluation
• Temperature, pressure, and flow instrumentation and measurements
• LabVIEW programming and DAQ hardware application
• Transient measurements including computer data acquisition
• Digital signal input and output
Each topic includes background theoretical content with some individual exercises and then a teambased lab with accompanying lab report. Reports are submitted first in draft form and are reviewed by peers in class before preparing them for final draft submission

2  
LAS Perspective 3 (global) 
3  
LAS Perspective 4 (social) 
3  
LAS Immersion 1 
3  
Third Year  
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3  
MATH326 
Boundary Value Problems
This course provides an introduction to boundary value problems. Topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

3  
MECE301 
Engineering Applications Laboratory
As a modification of the more “traditional” lab approach, students work in teams to complete an openended project involving theoretical and empirical analyses of an assigned system, applying engineering concepts and skills learned throughout prior courses. After successfully completing this course, students will have achieved a higher level of understanding of, and proficiency in, the tasks of qualitative treatment of real systems, development and implementation of analytical models, design and implementation of experimental investigations, and validation of results.

2  
MECE305 
Materials Science with Applications
This course provides the student with an overview of structure, properties, and processing of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Relevant basic manufacturing processes and materials selection is also discussed. There is a particular emphasis on steels, but significant attention is given to nonferrous metals, ceramics, and polymers

3  
MECE306 
Materials Science with Applications Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE304 Fundamentals of Materials Science or MECE305 Materials Science with Applications. Students investigate the effects of the structure, alloying, and processing of materials on their mechanical properties. Students are also introduced to standardized testing methods and effective, professional, report writing.

1  
MECE310 
Heat Transfer I
A first course in the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, together with applications to typical engineering systems. Topics include one and twodimensional steady state and transient heat conduction, radiation exchange between black and gray surfaces, correlation equations for laminar/turbulent internal and external convection, and an introduction to heat exchangers analysis and design by LMTD and NTU methods.

3  
MECE320 
System Dynamics
This required course introduces the student to lumped parameter system modeling, analysis and design. The determination and solution of differential equations that model system behavior is a vital aspect of the course. System response phenomena are characterized in both time and frequency domains and evaluated based on performance criteria. Laboratory exercises enhance student proficiency with model simulation, basic instrumentation, data acquisition, data analysis, and model validation.

3  
MECE348 
Contemporary Issues
This course introduces students to contemporary technologies in a specific field of mechanical engineering. In the process of exploring these technologies, the course teaches and applies skills related to communication, economic analysis, ethical analysis, and explores the positive and negative effects of technologies on our society and environment. Specific attention is focused on current events both domestically and internationally.

3  
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0  
PHYS212 
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.

4  
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 
3  
Mechanical Engineering Approved Science Elective 
3  
ME Extended Core Elective 
3  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Fourth Year  
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0  
MECE707 
Engineering Analysis
This course trains students to utilize mathematical techniques from an engineering perspective, and provides essential background for success in graduate level studies. An intensive review of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations and Laplace transforms is provided. Laplace transform methods are extended to boundaryvalue problems and applications to control theory are discussed. Problem solving efficiency is stressed, and to this end, the utility of various available techniques are contrasted. The frequency response of ordinary differential equations is discussed extensively. Applications of linear algebra are examined, including the use of eigenvalue analysis in the solution of linear systems and in multivariate optimization. An introduction to Fourier analysis is also provided.

3  
MECE730 
Design Project Leadership
This course focuses on preparing students to take on a leadership role in design project teams. Topics include product development processes, management of design project teams, developing a business case for design projects, understanding customer needs and translating them into engineering specifications, tools for developing design concepts, tools for assessing the feasibility of design concepts, conducting engineering tradeoffs and analysis to synthesize a preliminary design. Students use the concepts and tools discussed throughout the course in a teambased environment to develop project packages.

3  
STAT205 
Applied Statistics
This course covers basic statistical concepts and techniques including descriptive statistics, probability, inference, and quality control. The statistical package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on statistical applications and quality improvement in engineering. This course is intended for engineering programs and has a calculus prerequisite. Note: This course may not be taken for credit if credit is to be earned in STAT145 or STAT155 or MATH 252..

3  
Graduate Focus Areas Course 
3  
Free Elective 
3  
Graduate Elective 
3  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Fifth Year  
MECE497 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
The first of a twocourse capstone design sequence. Students work in multidisciplinary design teams in an environment approximating an industrial setting. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. In this course, student teams develop their proposed final design of a mechanical system after identifying possible alternative concepts. The final design must be supported by sound engineering analyses and by engineering drawings necessary to build a prototype. This course is intended to be taken as a capstone design experience near the conclusion of the student's program of study.

3  
MECE498 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design II
The second of the twocourse capstone design sequence. The same student teams from Senior Design I return to build and test a working prototype of their previously developed final design. Continued emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

3  
MECE709 
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
This is a course in partial differential equations focused primarily on separation of variable techniques, and teaches the necessary vector space theory so that the problem solving methodology may be understood completely. Algebraic vector space concepts, such as the basis, are extended to functions, and operator theory is introduced as a means of unifying the solution structure of linear algebraic and differential equation systems. Existence and uniqueness is examined by considering the null and range spaces of algebraic and differential operators, the adjoint operator, and Fredholm's Alternative. Eigenvalue analysis is extended to functions, including an examination of SturmLiouville theory. Solutions of Laplace's equation, the heat equation, the wave equation, and the biharmonic equation are examined in a variety of geometries.

3  
LAS Immersion 2, 3 
6  
Free Elective  3  
Graduate Focus Area Courses 
6  
Graduate Electives 
9  
Total Semester Credit Hours  150 
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
Mechanical Engineering, BS degree/Science, Technology and Public Policy, MS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4 
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4 
MECE102 
Engineering Mechanics Laboratory
This course examines classical Newtonian mechanics from a calculusbased fundamental perspective with close coupling to integrated laboratory experiences. Topics include kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; workenergy theorem, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; mechanical waves, and oscillations and gravitation within the context of mechanical engineering, using mechanical engineering conventions and nomenclature. Each topic is reviewed in lecture, and then thoroughly studied in multiple accompanying laboratory sessions. Students conduct experiments using modern data acquisition technology; and analyze, interpret, and present the results using modern computer software.

3 
MECE103 
Statics
This basic course treats the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces. It integrates the mathematical subjects of calculus, vector algebra and simultaneous algebraic equations with the physical concepts of equilibrium in two and three dimensions. Topics include concepts of force and moment, friction, centroids and moments of inertia, and equilibrium of trusses, frames and machines.

3 
MECE104 
Engineering Design Tools
This course combines the elements of Design process, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Machine Shop Fabrication in the context of a design/build/test project. You will learn how to work in a team and use a formalized design process to justify and support design choices, how to use a CAD package to create threedimensional models and assemblies, and how to safely fabricate metal parts using vertical mills and lathes.

3 
MECE117 
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
This course provides the student with an overview of the use of computer programming for solving problems encountered in engineering. Students will learn how to develop an algorithm for solving a problem and to translate that algorithm into computer code using fundamental structured programming techniques. The programming language(s) employed are selected to support computational problemsolving in higherlevel mechanical engineering courses.

3 
YOPS10 
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies.

0 
First Year Writing (WI) 
3  
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 
3  
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 
3  
LAS Elective 
3  
Wellness Education* 
0  
Second Year  
EEEE281 
Circuits I
Covers basics of DC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Linearity and superposition, together with Kirchhoff's laws, are applied to analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of circuit elements. Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorems are proved and applied. Circuits with ideal opamps are introduced. Inductance and capacitance are introduced and the transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits to step inputs is established. Practical aspects of the properties of passive devices and batteries are discussed, as are the characteristics of batterypowered circuitry. The laboratory component incorporates use of both computer and manually controlled instrumentation including power supplies, signal generators and oscilloscopes to reinforce concepts discussed in class as well as circuit design and simulation software.

3 
EGEN099 
Engineering Coop Preparation
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for coop and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.

0 
MATH219 
Multivariable Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes the study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and includes applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH221.

3 
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3 
MECE110 
Thermodynamics I
A basic course introducing the classical theory of thermodynamics. Applications of the first law of thermodynamics are used to introduce the student to thermodynamic processes for closed and open systems. The Clausius and KelvinPlanck statements of the second law are then correlated with the concept of entropy and enthalpy to investigate both real and reversible processes and the thermodynamic properties of pure substances. These techniques are then used to evaluate thermodynamic cycles for a variety of applications in power generation and refrigeration. Students are then introduced to techniques to imporove thermal efficiency of these cycles such as reheat, regeneration, and cogeneration.

3 
MECE203 
Strength of Materials I
A basic course in the fundamental principles of the mechanics of deformable media, including stress, strain, deflections and the relationships among them. The basic loadings of tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending are also included.

3 
MECE204 
Strength of Materials I Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE203. Students investigate a metallic material’s response to axial, torsional, and bending loads. Students are introduced to reduction and analysis of data, basic experimental techniques, and effective report writing.

1 
MECE205 
Dynamics
A basic course in the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's Laws and the theorems of workenergy and impulse momentum are applied to a variety of particle problems. Systems of particles are employed to transition to the analysis of rigid body problems. Absolute and relative motion are used to investigate the kinematics and kinetics of systems of rigid bodies. Newton's Laws are applied to a variety of twodimensional rigid body problems.

3 
MECE210 
Fluid Mechanics I
This course investigates the physical characteristics of a fluid: density, stress, pressure, viscosity, temperature, vapor pressure, compressibility. Descriptions of flows include Lagrangian and Eulerian; streamlines, pathlines and streaklines. Classification of flows include fluid statics, hydrostatic pressure at a point, pressure field in a static fluid, manometry, forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy, standard and adiabatic atmospheres. Flow fields and fundamental laws are investigated including systems and control volumes, Reynolds Transport theorem, integral control volume analysis of basic equations for stationary and moving control volumes. Inviscid Bernoulli and the Engineering Bernoulli equation are utilized when analyzing fluid systems. Other concepts studied include incompressible flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows, separation phenomenon, dimensional analysis.

3 
MECE211 
Engineering Measurements Lab
This course is focused on developing skills and knowledge in the areas of instrumentation, computer data acquisition (DAQ), measurement theory, uncertainty analysis, data analysis, and technical report writing. Specific topics that are covered include:
• Physical dimension variability assessment
• Centrifugal pump performance evaluation
• Temperature, pressure, and flow instrumentation and measurements
• LabVIEW programming and DAQ hardware application
• Transient measurements including computer data acquisition
• Digital signal input and output
Each topic includes background theoretical content with some individual exercises and then a teambased lab with accompanying lab report. Reports are submitted first in draft form and are reviewed by peers in class before preparing them for final draft submission

2 
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
Free Elective 
3  
LAS Perspective 3 (global) 
3  
LAS Perspective 4 (social) 
3  
Third Year  
MECE305 
Materials Science with Applications
This course provides the student with an overview of structure, properties, and processing of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Relevant basic manufacturing processes and materials selection is also discussed. There is a particular emphasis on steels, but significant attention is given to nonferrous metals, ceramics, and polymers

3 
MECE306 
Materials Science with Applications Laboratory
A required laboratory course taken concurrently with MECE304 Fundamentals of Materials Science or MECE305 Materials Science with Applications. Students investigate the effects of the structure, alloying, and processing of materials on their mechanical properties. Students are also introduced to standardized testing methods and effective, professional, report writing.

1 
MECE320 
System Dynamics
This required course introduces the student to lumped parameter system modeling, analysis and design. The determination and solution of differential equations that model system behavior is a vital aspect of the course. System response phenomena are characterized in both time and frequency domains and evaluated based on performance criteria. Laboratory exercises enhance student proficiency with model simulation, basic instrumentation, data acquisition, data analysis, and model validation.

3 
MATH326 
Boundary Value Problems
This course provides an introduction to boundary value problems. Topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

3 
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
PHYS212 
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.

4 
ME Approved Science Elective 
3  
Fourth Year  
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3 
MECE301 
Engineering Applications Laboratory
As a modification of the more “traditional” lab approach, students work in teams to complete an openended project involving theoretical and empirical analyses of an assigned system, applying engineering concepts and skills learned throughout prior courses. After successfully completing this course, students will have achieved a higher level of understanding of, and proficiency in, the tasks of qualitative treatment of real systems, development and implementation of analytical models, design and implementation of experimental investigations, and validation of results.

2 
MECE310 
Heat Transfer I
A first course in the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, together with applications to typical engineering systems. Topics include one and twodimensional steady state and transient heat conduction, radiation exchange between black and gray surfaces, correlation equations for laminar/turbulent internal and external convection, and an introduction to heat exchangers analysis and design by LMTD and NTU methods.

3 
MECE348 
Contemporary Issues
This course introduces students to contemporary technologies in a specific field of mechanical engineering. In the process of exploring these technologies, the course teaches and applies skills related to communication, economic analysis, ethical analysis, and explores the positive and negative effects of technologies on our society and environment. Specific attention is focused on current events both domestically and internationally.

3 
MECE499 
Cooperative Education
Nominally three months of fulltime, paid employment in the mechanical engineering field.

0 
PUBL701 
Graduate Policy Analysis
This course provides graduate students with necessary tools to help them become effective policy analysts. The course places particular emphasis on understanding the policy process, the different approaches to policy analysis, and the application of quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating public policies. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

3 
PUBL702 
Graduate Decision Analysis
This course provides students with an introduction to decision science and analysis. The course focuses on several important tools for making good decisions, including decision trees, including forecasting, risk analysis, and multiattribute decision making. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

3 
STAT205 
Applied Statistics
This course covers basic statistical concepts and techniques including descriptive statistics, probability, inference, and quality control. The statistical package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on statistical applications and quality improvement in engineering. This course is intended for engineering programs and has a calculus prerequisite. Note: This course may not be taken for credit if credit is to be earned in STAT145 or STAT155 or MATH 252..

3 
STSO710 
Graduate Science and Technology Policy Seminar
Examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence research and development, innovation, and the transfer of technology in the United States and other selected nations. Students in the course will apply basic policy skills, concepts, and methods to contemporary science and technology policy topics.

3 
ME Extended Core Elective 
3  
Immersion 1, 2 
6  
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 
3  
Fifth Year  
MECE497 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
The first of a twocourse capstone design sequence. Students work in multidisciplinary design teams in an environment approximating an industrial setting. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. In this course, student teams develop their proposed final design of a mechanical system after identifying possible alternative concepts. The final design must be supported by sound engineering analyses and by engineering drawings necessary to build a prototype. This course is intended to be taken as a capstone design experience near the conclusion of the student's program of study.

3 
MECE498 
Multidisciplinary Senior Design II
The second of the twocourse capstone design sequence. The same student teams from Senior Design I return to build and test a working prototype of their previously developed final design. Continued emphasis is placed on teamwork and on developing good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

3 
PUBL700 
Readings in Public Policy
An indepth inquiry into key contemporary public policy issues. Students will be exposed to a wide range of important public policy texts, and will learn how to write a literature review in a policy area of their choosing.

3 
PUBL703 
Evaluation and Research Design
The focus of this course is on evaluation of program outcomes and research design. Students will explore the questions and methodologies associated with meeting programmatic outcomes, secondary or unanticipated effects, and an analysis of alternative means for achieving program outcomes. Critique of evaluation research methodologies will also be considered.

3 
Free Elective 
3  
Applied Elective/Public Policy Electives 
9  
LAS Immersion 3 
3  
Choose one of the following:  6 

PUBL790 
Public Policy Thesis
The master's thesis in science, technology, and public policy requires the student to select a thesis topic, advisor and committee; prepare a written thesis proposal for approval by the faculty; present and defend the thesis before a thesis committee; and submit a bound copy of the thesis to the library and to the program chair.


PUBL798  Comprehensive Exam plus 2 Graduate Electives 

Total Semester Credit Hours  150 
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
Admission Requirements
Freshman Admission
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 34 years of mathematics, 23 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
 4 years of math required; including precalculus or above
 Chemistry and physics required
Transfer Admission
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Preengineering courses such as calculus, calculusbased physics, chemistry, and liberal arts.
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
AS degree in engineering science
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