Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

This program is offered by the Engineering Department

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares students to conduct research and to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Students will become familiar with power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. The ME major features two areas of specialization that are particularly appropriate for Connecticut: manufacturing and aerospace. Graduates enter industry in conceptual design, systems engineering, manufacturing, or product research and development in an array of fields, including developing aircraft, aircraft components, satellites, rockets, fuel cells, and vehicles. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Learning Outcomes

  1. ability to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to solve engineering problems.
  2. ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
  3. ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs with respect to function and manufacturability, as well as to economic, ethical, environmental and sustainability, health and safety, social and political constraints.
  4. ability to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams and within a diverse environment.
  5. ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. understanding of professionalism, ethics and associated responsibilities.
  7. ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, visual and graphic modes.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. recognition of the need for self-improvement through continuing education and the ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. an ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations.
  13. an ability to use probability theory, statistics and linear algebra to formulate and solve engineering problems.
  14. an ability to design, analyze, and optimize thermal and mechanical systems.