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B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

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The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are that graduates

  1. will competently apply engineering methods to solve professional problems associated with the design, manufacture, and maintenance of electromechanical systems and understand the social, ethical, and environmental context of their work;
  2. will communicate clearly, collaborate competently in teams, and assume leadership roles;
  3. will have the habit of continuous professional development.

The program outcomes are the generic abilities that graduates will demonstrate that they have acquired. The defining characteristics of professional problems1 and the process used to solve them lead directly to these generic program outcomes.

  • Competence in employing the solution process to solve professional problems.
  • Competence in transforming a physical system into a mathematical model, using acombination of scientific knowledge, physical intuition, and mathematical techniques, and in extracting meaning from that model by numeric or analytic solutions, approximation, or estimation to evaluate a proposed solution or make a decision.
  • Clear communication in written, oral, and graphical form.
  • Competence in collaboration with individuals of differing backgrounds.
  • A competent understanding of the interaction of a proposed solution with the social, economic, and natural and man-made environments.
  • Instill the habit of continued learning so, as professionals, graduates will prepare themselves to solve new or more difficult problems.

1See Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Department Student Handbook.

Curriculum Overview: The 120-credit program contains 84 credit hours of required technical courses, 36 credit hours of electives (including two professional electives, two undesignated electives and five Knowledge Area/University Course, KA/UC, electives).

Required Technical Courses: The first two years of the curriculum cover mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering science courses (including basic principles of statics, dynamics, solid mechanics, electrical circuits, materials and the use of computers).

In the third and fourth years, students take specialized courses on topics such as fluid mechanics and mechanical vibrations and control. These courses provide knowledge and skills that strongly support the second outcome listed above, which is a key element in thermo-mechanical systems design. The laboratory components of the first-year physics and chemistry courses introduce study of the relationship between theory and reality. This fosters the development of the student’s technical intuition. Mechanical engineering laboratory courses add to this development. 

Training in professional problem-solving begins in the spring of the second year, with the first course in engineering design. The first course to train students formally in the solution process, it lays the foundation for the fourth-year capstone design course. In the capstone course, students work in teams to design and evaluate thermo-mechanical systems that meet real needs. Thus, they learn to apply the solution process to a real professional problem. Students may acquire additional professional experience by participating in Formula SAE, Mini-Baja, Clean Snowmobile, or other team competitions, which are open to any student.

Common Curriculum Requirements: Plans of study must include a total of five Knowledge Area (KA) courses. Students will select these so that at least one is a designated University Course, and so that together these five courses cover the six knowledge areas. Communication intensive course requirement will be fulfilled by a combination of courses having one or two communication points each, with a total of six points required for graduation. At least two of these six points will be earned through 300- or 400-level courses required in the major.

Professional and Undesignated Electives: The professional electives must be advanced-level courses chosen according to criteria in the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) Department Student Handbook2. However, the two undesignated electives may be any college-level courses that do not contain a significant amount of material already covered in other courses. They could be chosen to enrich the student’s technical or nontechnical background. Advanced (200-level or above) Aerospace Studies or Military Science courses may be used as undesignated electives.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
(See Common First-Year Curriculum in Engineering)
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MS/AS Military Science/Aerospace
MS/AS Military Science/Aerospace
  Studies (if elected)
1
  Studies (if elected)
1
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES220 Statics
3
ES222 Strength of Materials
3
ES250 Electrical Science
3
ES223 Rigid Body Dynamics
3
ES260 Materials Science
3
AE/ME212 Intro. to Engineering Design
3
MA232 Element. Differ. Equations
3
ME201 Mech. Engineer. Lab I
1
   
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  KA/UC Elective
3
   
15
   
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16
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES330 Fluid Mechanics
3
ME326 Intermediate Fluid
ES340 Thermodynamics
3
  Mechanics
3
ME324 Dynamical Systems
3
ME341  Mech. of Machine Elements 
3
MA330 Adv. Engineer. Math. **
3
ME411  Intro. to Heat Transfer
3
ME301 Mech. Engineer. Lab II
1
ME401  Mech. Engineer. Lab III
1
ME310 Thermodynamic Sys.   Professional Elective
3
  Engineer. or
  KA/UC Elective
3
ME455 Mechanical Vibrations
   
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  & Control
3
   
16 
   
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16
     
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ME442 Engineering Analysis
  Professional Elective
3
  by FEM
3
  Business Elective
3
ME445  Integrated Design I
3
  Integrated Design II
3
  AE, ES, or ME Prof. Elective
3
  Undesignated Elective
3
  Economics Elective
3
   
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  Undesignated Elective
3
   
12
   
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15
     

**or MA331 and STAT383

1See Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Department Student Handbook.

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

Specializations
Students may select electives from one or more of the following categories. Not all courses are offered each year or each semester4. Courses required for the aeronautical engineering degree are offered on a regular basis and may be taken by mechanical engineering students as electives.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
ME399 Computer-Aided Manufacturing
ME428 Computational Fluid Mechanics
ME443 Optimal Engineering
ME444 Computer-Aided Engineering

FLUID AND THERMAL SCIENCES
AE/ME425 Aerodynamics
AE/ME427 Design of Propulsion Systems
AE/ME431 Gas Dynamics
ME437 Particle Transport, Deposition,
             and Removal I
MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING
ME390 Manufacturing Processes
ME393 Analyses of Materials Processing
ME492 Welding Metallurgy

SOLID MECHANICS
ME452 Advanced Strength of Materials
ME455 Mechanical Vibrations and Control
ME457 Composite Mechanics and Design

4 See Table 5.3 of the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Department Student Handbook.

Honors Program
A student admitted to the University Honors Program who is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree should consult the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Department Student Handbook for additional information.

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