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ME 645 Mechanical Engineering Structured Research Project

Catalog Description

ME 645 Mechanical Engineering Structured Research Project (3). Graduate/Professional School standing. Structured research in a mechanical engineering discipline. A proposal, activity reports and final report are required. Research results are presented for faculty and peer review, and must also be documented in a scholarly paper targeted toward a journal or technical conference. Open only to candidates for the Master of Engineering Degree choosing the non-thesis curriculum alternative.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Graduate/Professional School standing.
  2. Coursework appropriate for the chosen research project.


R.H. McCuen, The ABC's of Research, McGraw-Hill, 1996.


P.M. Quesada, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course provides graduate/professional students choosing the non-thesis option with a highly structured introduction to technological research through participation in an actual project. Research methodologies, proposal preparation, and technology management are emphasized.

Topics Covered

  1. Research topic briefings (1 class).
  2. Hypothesis formulation (1 class).
  3. Research methodologies (2 classes).
  4. Proposal preparation (2 classes).
  5. Literature search (2 classes).
  6. Data analysis (3 classes).
  7. Research ethics (2 classes).
  8. Oral communication (2 classes).
  9. Report generation (3 classes).
  10. Instructor review of proposal, activity reports, and interim presentations (12 classes).
  11. Research project activities (9 classes).
  12. Final presentations, faculty and peer review (3 classes).

Computer Use

Various computer aided design and analysis packages, as necessary.

Laboratory Projects

Experimental activity as necessary to support the research project.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering topics: 3 credits. The engineering design and engineering science content will vary depending on the nature of the research. This course also provides an engineering project/research activity that results in a report demonstrating strong communication skills and mastery of the technical subject material, as required by the ABET General Criteria for Advanced Level Programs.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by P.M. Quesada, May 2006

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