University Bulletin 2016-17

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Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering (251) 460-6168
Chair David A. Nelson
Professors Donovan, Hsiao, Nelson, Phan  
Associate Professors Cauley 
Assistant Professors Montalvo, Poole, Richardson, Tambe, Yazdani 
Professor Emeritus Engin
Instructors Roberts, Kramer

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Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers invent, analyze and design systems that produce power or convert energy. This encompasses such diverse applications as designing next-generation aircraft and automobiles, inventing novel methods of generating energy from renewable sources, and developing sophisticated new medical devices and systems. Mechanical engineers are in the forefront of exciting new technological fields, including nano-engineering, biomedical engineering, and fuel cell research.

The basic fields of study for mechanical engineers include:

  • Materials science, which is the study of the relationship between structure, properties, and processing of materials.
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer deal with basic concepts and applications of work, energy, and power. Applications include power generation from fossil fuels, from renewable sources (solar, wind energy) and fuel cells.
  • Engineering mechanics is the study of static and dynamic effects of forces applied to rigid and flexible solid bodies.
  • Fluid mechanics, the study of the forces and motions of liquids and gases. Included in this area of study are hydraulics, gas dynamics, aerodynamics, and design and application of pumps, compressors, and turbines.
  • Control systems including studies of transient and steady-state response of systems to external inputs.
  • Design synthesis which integrates all fields of engineering in the production of safe, practical, efficient, and economically feasible solutions to real problems.

All BSME students complete a senior-year "capstone" design project, in which a team of students defines and solves a unique, real-world engineering problem.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed so that graduates can work in any Mechanical Engineering field, or continue their educations at the graduate level.

By the time of graduation from the BSM program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary engineering practice.

The BSME curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

BSME Program Objectives:
Within five years of graduation, alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program should accomplish the following milestones;

  1. Graduates will achieve professional advancements or promotions which entail progressively higher levels of responsibility, technical ability, competency and professional and ethical judgment.
  2. Graduates will develop designs, patents, inventions and other forms of intellectual property which contribute to societal, economic or environmental well-being or sustainability.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate commitments to lifelong learning and continuous professional development through activities such as mentoring other engineers and technical professionals, participating in professional societies, completing advanced degrees and achieving professional registration or other certification.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Faculty Listing

Mechanical Engineering Faculty
Cauley, Lanier S. Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor BS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
PHD, Clemson University
Cloutier, Robert J. General Engineering Professor BS, United States Naval Academy
MBA, Eastern College
PHD, Stevens Inst of Technology
Donovan, Francis M. Mechanical Engineering Professor BSME, Mississippi State University
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus
Hsiao, Kuang-Ting Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Natl Taiwan University
PHD, University of Delaware
Lester, Henry D. General Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U
MS, University of Arkansas- Fayett
MS, University of Alabama
MSCE, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Montalvo, Carlos J. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
MS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
Nelson, David A. Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Duke University
MS, Ohio State U-Main Campus
PHD, Duke University
Phan, Anh-Vu Mechanical Engineering Professor BS, Ho Chi Minh City Univ of Tech
MS, Nat Poyltech Inst of Grenoble
PHD, University of Montreal
Poole, Gregory M. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Richardson, Joseph D. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BSME, University of Mississippi
MS, University of Mississippi
PHD, Vanderbilt University
Tambe, Dhananjay T. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor MS, Brown University
PHD, Brown University
Yazdani, Saami K. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor BS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
PHD, Wake Forest University