University Bulletin 2016-17

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Mechanical Engineering (BS)

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
EH 101 3 hrs  
MA 125 4 hrs  
CH 131 4 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   17
EH 102 3 hrs  
MA 126 4 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
CA 110 3 hrs  
ME 135 3 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
MA 227 4 hrs  
MA 237 3 hrs  
PH 202 4 hrs  
EG 283 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   15
MA 238 3 hrs  
EG 220 3 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
EG 284 3 hrs  
EG 315 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
EG 270 3 hrs  
EG 360 3 hrs  
ME 326 3 hrs  
ME 328 4 hrs  
Science Elect+ 3 hrs  
     
Spring   16
ME 312 3 hrs  
ME 314 3 hrs  
ME 316 3 hrs  
ME 317 3 hrs  
ME 336 1 hr  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Fourth Year***** Credit Hours
Fall   17
ME 412 1 hr  
ME 410 3 hrs  
ME 426 3 hrs  
ME 429 1 hr  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Tech Elect 1*** 3 hrs  
Tech Elect II*** 3 hrs  
Spring   15
ME 414 1 hr  
ME 416 2 hr  
ME 472 3 hrs  
ME Elect I** 3 hrs  
ME Elect II** 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  

*Eighteen hours of Humanities/Social Science courses are required. These must include nine hours in Humanities, nine hours in Social Sciences including one sequence. Also required is one literature course, one fine arts course, CA 110 (Public Speaking), one history course and one Social and Behavioral Science course.

**The Mechanical Engineering elective must be an approved Mechanical Engineering course.
***The technical electives are approved 300- or 400- level courses from mathematics, science, computer and information sciences, or engineering.

****All required 100- and 200-level courses are prerequisite to 400-level courses.

+The science elective must be an approved science or math course.

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/me/index.html

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, http://www.abet.org.