Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Overview

Professor R. Danner Friend (Chair); Associate Professor Karen Supan; Assistant Professors Brian Bradke, Carolina Payares-Asprino, and Charles White; Lecturer Martin Rolland

Mechanical engineering, the broadest of the engineering professions, provides an opportunity for a wide range and variety of services, work, and interests. The mechanical engineer deals with the conversion of energy, the design of machines, the instrumentation and control of processes, and the control of machines and the environment. Conventional fields of interest are transportation (automobiles, aircraft, urban and mass transit); machines and systems for electrical power production from coal, oil, and gas; heating and air conditioning of buildings; and the complex machinery and methods of making steel, plastics, paper products, etc.


The Mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to:

  • Prepare students to excel in mechanical engineering and related fields.
  • Provide modern, fundamental, practice-oriented education in the mechanical engineering field.
  • Foster creativity and critical thinking in problem solving and motivate students to consider the societal consequences of their work.
  • Enable students to be leaders in their profession, community, and the nation.

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program:

  • Apply engineering principles and modern tools to conceive, analyze and implement engineering solutions.
  • Hold positions of progressive responsibility leading teams in a variety of mechanical engineering fields including: energy conversion and transfer, materials and manufacturing, and mechanical systems design.
  • Work as professionals in industrial, military, government, and academic settings while maintaining a high awareness and responsibility regarding ethical, safety, environmental, social, economic, and global issues.
  • Work effectively as a team member and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Design components, systems or processes in the mechanical engineering field and effectively communicate those designs through verbal and written means.
  • Have a positive outlook on the engineering profession and maintain an ongoing intellectual curiosity while actively engaged in continuing education throughout life.


Students in the Mechanical Engineering Program will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 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.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Careers for this Major:
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • Artificial body organs and devices (bioengineering)
  • Nuclear power generation
  • Applications of electronics to the control of machines and to laboratory instruments
  • Aerospace (spacecraft and rockets)
  • Control of environmental pollution for automobiles and industry
  • Graduate school.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) is the largest professional organization devoted specifically to Mechanical Engineering; serving the general Mechanical Engineering profession and a variety of associated fields. To learn more about employment opportunities in Mechanical Engineering, please visit


The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Telephone (410) 347-7700.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Curriculum Map 2019-2020 Catalog

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Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)4CH 104 General Chemistry II (General Education Lab Science)4
EG 109 Introduction to Engineering I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EG 110 Introduction to Engineering II3
MA 121 Calculus I4General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3 
   MA 122 Calculus II (General Education Math)4
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 14Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EE 204 Electrical Circuits I3EE 240 Electrical Concepts and Applications3
EG 201 Engineering Mechanics (Statics, Dynamics)3EG 202 Engineering Mechanics (Statics,Dynamics)3
MA 223 Calculus III (General Education Math)4EG 206 Thermodynamics I3
ME 211 Mechanical Engineering Tools I2MA 224 Differential Equations4
PS 211 University Physics I4PS 212 University Physics II4
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EG 203 Materials Science3EG 303 Fluid Mechanics3
EG 301 Mechanics of Materials3ME 356 Manufacturing Processes4
ME 307 Thermodynamics II3ME 368 Design of Machine Elements3
ME 311 Mechanical Engineering Tools II2ME 370 Mechanical Systems Design3
ME 363 Kinematic and Kinetic Sythesis3ME 382 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II1
ME 381 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I2General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3 
   General Education Leadership1-3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 18-20
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EE 321 Embedded Systems4ME 468 Mechanical Engineering Design II (Capstone)3
EG 044 Conference0EG 450 Professional Issues (General Education Ethics)3
ME 435 Mechanical Control Systems3Math or Science or Engineering Elective 13 
ME 465 Heat Transfer3Mechanical Engineering (ME) Elective 23 
ME 467 Mechanical Engineering Design I (Capstone)3General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3 
ME 487 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory III2General Education Elective 33 
General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3    
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 18Spring Semester Total Cr.: 18

An undergraduate student, who has completed all degree requirements except for attaining a 2.00 average, must take at least 50 percent of all subsequent course work in technical material (subject to approval by the Director of the David Crawford School of Engineering).



ME 211 Mechanical Engineering Tools I 2 Cr.

An extension of EG 109 with a more in-depth treatment of 3-D solid model generation including extrusion, revolving, sweeping and lofting. Further development and modification of 3-D solid drawings. Laboratory: 3 hours. Prerequisite: EG 109.

ME 307 Thermodynamics II 3 Cr.

Applications of thermodynamics to power and refrigeration cycles, combustion mechanisms, mixture and flow processes. Development of thermodynamic relationships and equations of state. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: EG 206.

ME 311 Mechanical Engineering Tools II 2 Cr.

An extension of ME 211 with additional application of computer based design and analysis methods. An emphasis will be placed on design for manufacturing and other tools appropriate to the mechanical engineering profession. Laboratory: 3 hours. Prerequisite: ME 211.

ME 356 Manufacturing Processes 4 Cr.

A study of the principles of manufacturing processes. Metal removal, casting, joining and deformation processes are covered as well as introductions to numerically controlled machinery, computer-aided manufacturing, rapid prototyping, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing and modern manufacturing systems. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: ME 311, EG 203.

ME 363 Kinematic and Kinetic Sythesis 3 Cr.

A study of the principles of motion and the forces necessary to cause, and be created by motion. Applications to the design of typical machine elements such as gears, linkages and cams. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: EG 202, MA 223.

ME 368 Design of Machine Elements 3 Cr.

A study of the application of the theories of mechanics and stress analysis to the design of fundamental machine parts. Some of the topics covered are shafts, springs, screws, belts, gears, rivets, bearings and lubrication. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: EG 301.

ME 370 Mechanical Systems Design 3 Cr.

An introduction to the methodology of design including problem definition, generation and evaluation of alternatives, and design completion. Emphasis is placed on creativity, feasibility, and the effect of economic and societal factors on alternative selection. Goals are achieved through the use of case studies and small projects. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing.

ME 381 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I 2 Cr.

A study of the fundamentals of mechanical and electronic instruments and their use in measurement systems to obtain data on temperature, pressure, displacement, acceleration, and other physical variables. Introduction to experimental methods and procedures, reduction of data to significant form, and the organization of experimental results in written reports. Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 204.

ME 382 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II 1 Cr.

Application of instrumentation to observations of gas and liquid behavior, thermo-dynamic and mechanical aspects of machines and devices. Dynamic and transient considerations in instruments, physical systems, and experimental data. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: ME 381.

ME 435 Mechanical Control Systems 3 Cr.

Synthesis and analysis of mechanical control systems with feedback. Use of linearization techniques and Laplace Transform methods of analysis. Techniques for determining system stability. Emphasis is placed on operational characteristics of components and their effect on system design. Computer simulation of system operation. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: MA 224, EG 202.

ME 465 Heat Transfer 3 Cr.

A study of the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, radiation, and convection. Steady and unsteady state conduction. Study will include boundary layer theory, internal and external convective flows, two-phase flow, and heat exchange design theory. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: EG 206, EG 303, MA 224.

ME 467 Mechanical Engineering Design I 3 Cr.

A capstone design project is taken up to the point of prototype construction, testing and hardware specification. The specific skills and knowledge needed by practicing engineers in the product realization process are emphasized and developed. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing, ME 370.

ME 468 Mechanical Engineering Design II 3 Cr.

Design completion of the capstone project initiated in ME 467 including hardware specification, instrumentation, laboratory testing, data reduction, and evaluation. Written design report required with oral presentation and defense. Prerequisite: ME 467.

ME 487 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory III 2 Cr.

A continuation of the Mechanical Engineering laboratory sequence with experiments stressing the performance characteristics of heat power equipment and the application of theory learned in thermodynamics and fluid flow. Classroom 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: EG 303. Corequisite: ME 307.

ME 490 Advanced Topics 3,4 Cr.

A course that provides specific work in an area of the instructor's special competence and indicated student interest. An extension of basic principles to applied areas such as HVAC, heat transfer, thermodynamics, stress analysis, environmental control, turbo-machinery, propulsion systems and aerodynamics. Classroom or seminar, 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered as occasion demands.