Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines and mechanical engineers find themselves engaged in a wide variety of technology and business problems today. Computer aided design and analysis, fluid and thermal sciences, bioengineering, manufacturing processes and control, and instrumentation are a several of the many areas that require mechanical engineering skills. Our graduates find themselves working in numerous industries, ranging from the automotive world of Michelin, Hendrick Motorsports, Ford, Firestone, and Schrader Automotive to the likes of Duke Power, Frito-Lay, Hewlett Packard, AMP, and Reliance Electric, to name just a few. Many students also continue their education in graduate school here and elsewhere.
Students in our program develop a sound understanding of the engineering sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics and build on these to develop expertise in design, manufacturing, instrumentation, heat transfer, mechanics and materials. In addition, computer modeling has become a integral part of the mechanical engineers education and it is increasingly important for mechanical engineers to develop an understanding of the business world. The undergraduate program in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science leads to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and it is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Using the flexibility provided by the technical electives and with career counseling by the faculty a student can develop an educational program tailored to meet his or her career goals.
The William States Lee College of Engineering also offers other career enhancement programs for undergraduates including the Co-op and 49ership programs, the International Option Program and the College's Mentoring Program. The Co-ops and 49erships are managed through the University Career Center and provide a "real world" engineering experience for students in a wide variety of local and regional companies. The International Option is designed to strengthen a student's competitiveness in a global economy. This can include study abroad at one of several institutions in Europe or Asia with minimal or no added cost. The Mentoring Program is a college program designed to help students develop the skills needed to enjoy a positive and successful academic experience. Peer-to-peer mentoring, faculty mentoring, learning workshops and supplemental instruction are a few of the opportunities available through the Mentoring Office.
The William States Lee College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science strive to provide a first rate educational experience for its undergraduate students. A combination of training in the fundamentals, laboratory experience and reduction to practice prepare students for a competitive and successful professional career as an engineer.
Recently, Department of Physics has implemented a dual degree programs with Mechanical Engineering Department. This program is intended to broaden the education of engineering majors and the program. Students can earn a BS in Physics as they complete their undergraduate mechanical engineering degree. The two degrees can be completed in 4 years. The details about this BS ME/ BS Physics dual degree can be found online at the Dual Degree Programs with Engineering webpage.