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During the senior year, capstone teams bring together all of the components of Clarkson’s undergraduate mechanical engineering education as students design, build and test a mechanical device that meets real needs.

Associate Professor Ken Visser and Goldwater Scholar Keith Jackson

Mechanical Engineering

The objective 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

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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).

The first two years of the curriculum cover mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering science courses (including basic principles of statistics, 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 Formula SAE, Mini-Baja, Clean Snowmobile, or other team competitions, which are open to any student.