Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering (or ME) is used to advance the following: aerospace and automobile industries, renewable energy, nanotechnology, applied thermofluids, the development of biomedical devices and others. The Mechanical Engineering program at UDC prepares students for a variety of career opportunities through a unique combination of hands-on experience, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative teaching methods.  A number of new faculty have joined the ME program at UDC to strengthen its core curriculum and foster new initiatives. The ME faculty at UDC are actively engaged in the innovative research in the areas of: Nanotechnology, Renewable energy, Heat Transfer, and Biomedical engineering.  Our ME faculty also have strong collaborations with neighboring federal laboratories, industry, and other universities.

Mission

The UDC Department of Mechanical Engineering serves the technological needs of society, especially with regards to the constructed environment in District of Columbia and Washington Metropolitan Region. We produce a diverse population of engineers, each possessing a superior technical foundation and a well-rounded liberal education. We thrive to create new opportunities for the communities and public and private industries of District of Colombia and beyond. We create an academic environment within and outside of classroom that supports individual and group success through constant improvement. Our faculty focuses on learning, research and service – our core competencies. Our students are active learners, motivated to serve society. Our departmental administrators and staff are stewards of our self-governance, our roles within the university, and our support processes. Through individual dedication, we contribute to our group success. We value critical thinking, innovation, individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.

In order to prepare its graduates to pursue a productive and meaningful career characterized by continued professional growth, the primary objective of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide students a coherent program of instruction in order to prepare its graduates to pursue a productive and meaningful career characterized by continued professional growth. The BSME degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET  (http://main.abet.org/aps/Accreditedprogramsearch.aspx).  With this seal of approval, students are guaranteed to enjoy a modern learning experience driven by specific learning outcomes and focused around professionally-driven skills and competencies.


Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Program: BS Mechanical Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 2016 100
Number of graduates in AY15-16 10

In accordance with ABET accreditation criteria and pursuant to the University’s mission statement, the following program educational objectives have been established.

Program Education Objectives

A graduate of the mechanical engineering program will:

  1. Establish themselves in government and/or industry as policy makers and leaders and/or be engaged in research in mechanical engineering or a related field;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to successfully work independently and communicate effectively as members of a professional team to aid in the formulation and design of complex engineering systems;
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional training and development, leadership training, and research opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of changing global conditions;
  4. Develop adaptability in order to embrace challenges, effect change and exemplify an entrepreneurial mindset.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to acquire the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Criteria

In addition to these ABET-inspired outcomes, the following outcomes have been developed based on the stipulated program criteria applicable to mechanical engineering program:

  1. Curriculum: The curriculum must require students to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems. Components, processes; and prepare students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.
  2. Faculty: The program must demonstrate that faculty members responsible for the upper- level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.

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Dr. Kate Klein, Chair
kate.klein@udc.edu