Mechanical Engineering covers a very broad field of professional activity in such areas as land, sea, air, and space transportation; primary and secondary manufacturing industries; energy supply, conversion and utilization; environmental control; and industrial management. In these areas, the Mechanical Engineer may become involved with design, construction, operation, development, research, planning, sales and management.
The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering through lecture, tutorial, and laboratory activities. Modern well-instrumented laboratories in thermofluids, energy conversion, stress analysis, vibrations, and control systems provide experience in measurements and applications to ensure a thorough understanding and appreciation of the subject matter.Classes in mathematics, engineering management and various non-technical subjects are offered to broaden the student's outlook and understanding of his profession.
Laboratory involvement is considered an important component of mechanical engineering students' education. Emphasis in the laboratory is placed on project work in which design, development and testing are combined in term projects.
The laboratory facilities include extensive equipment which is available for useby both undergraduate and graduate students. Measurement techniques and interpretation of test data are emphasized in the laboratories which include several testing machines, photoelastic equipment and strain gage facilities. The control systems laboratories include hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic control systems and components. Several test cells are available for engine testing and a well instrumented, low turbulence wind tunnel is available. Modern laboratory facilities in vibrations, holography and acoustics are utilized for calibration, testing and research.
Most undergraduate laboratories use portable high-speed PC-based digital data acquisition and control systems with graphical interfaces for lab experiments and computations, and the Department has several advanced computer graphics systems. A design project is an integral part of the senior year curriculum. This involves the student in the original design of a machine or system. Generally, the material learned in several classes must be applied in an imaginative way to achieve the required objective. Non-credit machine shop practice and AutoCAD classes are available to aid the design and construction of projects. Many design projects are sponsored by industry. Those projects involving hardware may result in construction and testing of prototypes.
Postgraduate studies in the Department are concentrated in the areas of stress analysis, heat transfer, multi-phase flow, fluid and thermal power, dynamics of rotating machines, robotics, and computer aided design and manufacturing. Research and project master's degrees as well as the doctoral degree are offered.