Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
and Student Outcomes
Program Educational Objectives
The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare
students for productive careers in industry, government, education,
and private consulting as well as for graduate study. Thus, it is
based on the fundamental principles of science and engineering.
These provide a strong foundation that enables students to apply
what they have learned to the complex technological problems of
today and to teach themselves the new technologies of tomorrow.
Thus, we expect our graduates to attain the educational objectives
listed below within a few years of graduation. Our educational
objectives are based on the needs of our constituencies.
- Our graduates will be successful in their careers.
- Our graduates set and meet their own goals for career
- Our graduates will continue professional development.
- Our graduates will engage the international dimensions of their
Learning outcomes describe what students are expected to know
and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the
skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they
progress through the program.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to
analyze and interpret data
- Identify the problem and develop an appropriate experimental
- Select measurement techniques to collect appropriate
- Estimate experimental uncertainties.
- Collect and present data in an accurate and orderly way.
- Use appropriate statistical procedures to analyze and evaluate
the information contained in a data set.
- Analyze the data and draw supportable conclusions from the
- 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
- Understand the problem.
- Develop a design specification that addresses customer/client
needs and constraints.
- Carry out a conceptual design by generating multiple solutions
that address the requirements of the design specification.
- Evaluate the feasibility of the solutions.
- Choose an appropriate solution and justify that solution
- Carry out a conceptual-level design using appropriate design
tools and methodologies.
- Test and refine the implementation until the product or process
design specifications are met or exceeded.
- Document the finished product or process as appropriate for the
discipline according to standard practice.
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- Demonstrate how you reached a decision as a team.
- Describe the team role you filled and how that contributed to
the final project.
- Listen openly, actively, and critically.
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering
- Inspect and define the problem.
- Identify the basic principles and concepts that apply to the
- Build appropriate model(s).
- Solve the problem by choosing appropriate tools (analytical,
experimental, and computational).
- Check a solution using appropriate criteria.
- an understanding of professional and ethical
- Explain important ethical obligations associated with your
- Apply a systematic ethical framework to an ethical issue or
situation in a disciplinary context.
- an ability to communicate effectively
- Provide a substantive critique that includes recommendations
- Adapt technical information for a non-specialized
- Convey information effectively through visual media.
- Present information visually using drawings, graphs and
- Deliver oral presentations with clarity and
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of
engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and
- Engage in the arts (music, theater, art, dance, creative
- Analyze patterns, dynamics, or values of human interaction in
social or cultural systems.
- Analyze beliefs, backgrounds, cultures, or societies different
from your own.
- interpret cultural artifacts and/or ideas in philosophy, the
arts, or the sciences.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in
- Students will describe how their current state of performance
in an ability has already impacted or might in the future
negatively impact their project or team.
- Students will describe steps they will follow to reach their
desired performance level in the ability.
- Students will describe evidence that indicates that they have
achieved their professional development goal.
- Students will describe the "most significant" professional
development they achieved and explain its impacts.
- Students will explain what they have learned about the
professional development process that will transfer into life after
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- Students will identify the problem.
- Students will describe the problem from different perspectives
(At least two sides)
- Students will identify stakeholders and describe how
stakeholders are affected
- Students will justify arguments logically.
- Students will reference sources appropriately.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern
engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.