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ME 697 Master of Engineering Thesis in Mechanical Engineering


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ME 697 Master of Engineering Thesis in Mechanical Engineering (1-6). Prerequisite: Graduate/Professional standing. Original design or research activity in a mechanical engineering discipline, under the direction of a faculty member. A written thesis must be presented to a faculty committee and defended. Open only to candidates for the Master of Engineering Degree choosing the thesis curriculum alternative.

Prerequisites by Topic

Mechanical engineering knowledge associated with third year Professional School standing.

Textbook

None.

References

Various technical journals and books, depending on the thesis topic of the student.

Coordinator

G. Prater, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, serves as course coordinator. The thesis director must be a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty.

Course Objectives

The M.Eng. thesis develops the ability of graduate/professional students to perform, document and defend a creative, independent engineering investigation. It solidifies the student's understanding of curriculum fundamentals and develops an area of specialized expertise. Writing and defending the thesis develops communication skills.

Topics

Variable, depending on the thesis project requirements.

Computer Use

Computer use is dependent on the chosen topic, but most theses include the use of sophisticated computer hardware and software packages.

Laboratory Projects

Many, but not all thesis topics involve an experimental component requiring independent laboratory work.

Laboratory Schedule

Not applicable.

Professional Component Contribution

Six hours engineering topics content, with the relative amounts of engineering science and engineering design content depending on the project. 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 Objectives

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 G. Prater, June 2006

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