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Mechanical Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to supply quality academic instruction through undergraduate, graduate, and graduate-professional degree programs, conduct fundamental and applied research that achieves national and international recognition, and provide professional service to its constituencies, all in support of broad societal needs and the institutional objectives of the University of Louisville.

Program Education Objectives

 

Bachelor of Science

  • Succeed as practicing mechanical engineers in government, industry, academia, and other economic sectors (shorthand reference: “Engineers in Industry”).
  • Use their knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, engineering, and other disciplines to identify, define, and solve problems, and to anticipate the societal and environmental impact of their solutions (Problem Solving1).
  • Understand the importance of professional licensure, and act upon that understanding by pursuing registration (Prepare for Licensure).
  • Comply with professional ethics codes, practice sustainable engineering, undertake professional development, and engage in lifelong technical learning (Lifelong Learning).
  • Display skills in teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and leadership (Communication and Leadership).
  • Demonstrate an engineering knowledge base of greater depth and breadth than that expected of baccalaureate-only graduates, helping them understand and influence contemporary technological issues as engineering innovators and managers (M.Eng. Innovation).

 

Master of Engineering

  • Succeed as practicing mechanical engineers in government, industry, academia, and other economic sectors (shorthand reference: “Engineers in Industry”).
  • Use their knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, engineering, and other disciplines to identify, define, and solve problems, and to anticipate the societal and environmental impact of their solutions (Problem Solving1).
  • Understand the importance of professional licensure, and act upon that understanding by pursuing registration (Prepare for Licensure).
  • Comply with professional ethics codes, practice sustainable engineering, undertake professional development, and engage in lifelong technical learning (Lifelong Learning).
  • Display skills in teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and leadership (Communication and Leadership).

 

Student Outcomes

Bachelor of Science

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the solution of problems encountered in mechanical engineering practice (shorthand reference: “Fundamentals”).
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments assessing phenomena encountered during mechanical engineering practice, along with the ability to analyze and interpret the resulting data (Experimental Techniques).
  3. An ability to design mechanical engineering systems, components, or processes that meet requirements (Design).
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams in both leadership roles and as an individual contributor (Teamwork).
  5. The ability to identify and describe mechanical engineering problems, formulate constraints, devise and assess alternative approaches, and implement an optimal solution that satisfies specified performance, cost, time, and safety requirements (Problem Solving).
  6. A solid understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of mechanical engineering, as well as a record of adherence to those standards during academic coursework and cooperative education internships (Ethics).
  7. The ability to communicate effectively in writing, during interpersonal discussions, and through formal multi-media presentations, along with the ability to use these skills within the context of mechanical engineering practice (Communication).
  8. An understanding of the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context (Societal Perspective).
  9. An understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning (Continuing Education).
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues, along with an understanding of how such issues influence technology evolution and implementation (Contemporary Issues).
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering (Engineering Practice).

 

Master of Engineering

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the solution of problems encountered in mechanical engineering practice (shorthand reference: “Fundamentals”).
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments assessing phenomena encountered during mechanical engineering practice, along with the ability to analyze and interpret the resulting data (Experimental Techniques).
  3. An ability to design mechanical engineering systems, components, or processes that meet requirements (Design).
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams in both leadership roles and as an individual contributor (Teamwork).
  5. The ability to identify and describe mechanical engineering problems, formulate constraints, devise and assess alternative approaches, and implement an optimal solution that satisfies specified performance, cost, time, and safety requirements (Problem Solving).
  6. A solid understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of mechanical engineering, as well as a record of adherence to those standards during academic coursework and cooperative education internships (Ethics).
  7. The ability to communicate effectively in writing, during interpersonal discussions, and through formal multi-media presentations, along with the ability to use these skills within the context of mechanical engineering practice (Communication).
  8. An understanding of the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context (Societal Perspective).
  9. An understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning (Continuing Education).
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues, along with an understanding of how such issues influence technology evolution and implementation (Contemporary Issues).
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering (Engineering Practice).
  12. An ability to apply masters-level knowledge in a specialized area related to mechanical engineering (Advanced Knowledge).

 

Updated 07.30.2012

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