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. Since mechanical engineering is a broad field of endeavor, the curriculum offers a strong technical elective program to allow each student to craft a broad educational experience and to develop the flexibility to pursue diverse career goals.

No less than any professional, the mechanical engineering graduate must work within the social and environmental context of our world. To be effective and successful, he or she must be aware of the roles of engineering and science in solving complex technological and social problems as well as of the impacts of social and environmental factors on engineering activities such as design. To foster this awareness, the curriculum allows the student an unusually wide choice of social science and humanities electives and emphasizes the links between society and engineering through courses such as Engineering Systems Design.

The strength of any department is its faculty. The mechanical engineering faculty are committed to providing a dynamic and innovative learning environment and to maintaining and increasing their technical competence in a rapidly changing world. Stereotypes not withstanding, they understand that people are more important than things. Thus, they encourage each student to seek them out when he or she has academic problems or needs guidance in career planning.

The freshman year of the mechanical engineering program includes courses in mathematics, physics, humanities and social science as well as introductory courses in engineering and design. The sophomore year features courses in mathematics, chemistry and the engineering sciences. The final two years of the program stress the design and analysis of systems, machines and their components, and the transfer and transformation of energy. The required courses provide the basic mathematical and scientific fundamentals underlying the practice of mechanical engineering, while 12 cr. hrs. of technical elective courses and 8 cr. hrs. of free elective courses allow flexibility in adapting the program to the interests and abilities of the individual student. The student is not encouraged to specialize in a particular area but rather to seek a broad background in basic engineering principles. For the student who wishes to pursue a career in the field of aerospace engineering, however, extensive sequences of courses are available as elective offerings.

The mechanical engineering program is designed to encourage the best students to continue their education at the graduate level. For those who choose to study at Rose-Hulman, graduate work leading to a Master of Science degree is offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department. Options in the general areas of Thermal/Fluids Systems and Solid Systems Design are available. These options are devoted to developing a deeper understanding of engineering and are not intended to constrain the student to a high degree of specialization.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes

Mission: To provide the curriculum, the educational environment, and the individual support necessary to graduate mechanical engineers who are technically competent, effective in practice, creative, ethical and mindful of their responsibility to society.

Vision:  To graduate the best baccalaureate mechanical engineers.

Mechanical Engineering Program 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. In the early phase of their careers, we expect our students to:

  1. Apply engineering fundamentals to problem solving processes in an iterative manner.
  2. Design effectively.
  3. Continue to learn and educate themselves.
  4. Communicate effectively.
  5. Work responsibly.
  6. Work effectively.

Outcomes

By the time a student graduates with a mechanical engineering degree from Rose-Hulman, they will possess the following abilities:

  • Ethics – A recognition of ethical and professional responsibilities
    When given the opportunity, students will:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of professional codes of ethics.
    2. Evaluate the ethical dimensions of professional engineering, mathematical, and scientific practices.
  • Contemporary Issues - An understanding of how contemporary issues shape and are shaped by mathematics, science, & engineering
    When applying the principles of mathematics, science, and/or engineering to a technical problem, students will:
    1. Demonstrate an awareness of how the problem is affected by social concerns and trends.
    2. Demonstrate an awareness of how the proposed solution(s) will affect culture and the environment.
  • Global - An ability to recognize the impact of global societies on citizens and professionals
    When given the opportunity, students will:
    1. Demonstrate an awareness of the development of cultures and societies.
    2. Show an awareness of the relationships of nations and the interdependence of peoples around the globe.
  • Culture - An ability to understand diverse cultural and humanistic traditions
    When given the opportunity, students will:
    1. Perform, interpret, analyze or otherwise engage in artistic, literary, and/or other forms of culture.
    2. Recognize the importance of contributions of peoples from other cultures to the students’ professions and personal lives.
    3. Evaluate an issue or problem from other cultural perspectives.
  • Teams - An ability to work effectively in teams
    When assigned to teams, students will:
    1. Share responsibilities and duties, and take on different roles when applicable.
    2. Analyze ideas objectively to discern feasible solutions by building consensus.
    3. Develop a strategy for action.
    4. Listen openly, actively and critically.
  • Communication - An ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, graphical, and visual forms
    When performing communication tasks, students will:
    1. Identify the readers/audience, assess their previous knowledge and information needs, and organize/design information to meet those needs.
    2. Provide content that is factually correct, supported with evidence, explained with sufficient detail, and properly documented.
    3. Test readers/audience response to determine how well ideas have been relayed.
    4. Submit work with a minimum of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
    5. Present information visually using drawings, graphs and sketches.
    6. Deliver oral presentations with clarity and professionalism.
  • Problem Solving - An ability to apply the skills and knowledge necessary for mathematical, scientific, and engineering practices
    1. Inspect and define the problem.
    2. Identify the basic principles and concepts that apply to the situation.
    3. Use appropriate resources to locate pertinent information.
    4. Build appropriate model(s)
    5. Solve the problem by choosing appropriate tools. (analytical, experimental, and numerical)
    6. Check a solution using appropriate criteria.
  • Interpreting Data - An ability to interpret graphical, numerical, and textual data
    1. Collect and present data in an accurate and orderly way.
    2. Use appropriate statistical procedures to analyze and evaluate the information contained in a data set.
    3. Analyze the data and draw supportable conclusions from the result.
  • Experiments - An ability to design and conduct experiments
    1. Identify the problem and develop a hypothesis.
    2. Select measurement techniques to collect appropriate data and justify that selection.
    3. Estimate experimental uncertainties.
  • Design - An ability to design a product or process to satisfy a client's needs subject to constraints
    1. Understand the problem.
    2. Develop a design specification that addresses customer/client needs and constraints.
    3. Carry out a conceptual design by generating multiple solutions that address the issues above, evaluating the feasibility of the solutions, and choosing the appropriate solution.
    4. Carry out a detail-level design using appropriate design tools and methodologies.
    5. Test and refine the implementation until the product or process design specifications are met or exceeded.
    6. Document the finished product or process as appropriate for the discipline according to standard practice.
    7. Present and transfer the product or process and documentation to the client.
  • Continue to Learn and Educate One's Self
    1. Learn new information independently.

Area Minor‡ in Thermal-Fluids
To complete the requirements of the thermal-fluids area minor, a student must fulfill the following three expectations:

(1) Completion of a set of 2 courses covering basic fluid mechanics and basic thermodynamics. These are commonly required for most engineering majors. Acceptable sets include:

  • ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles
    ES 202 Fluid & Thermal Systems
    or
  • ME 201 Thermodynamics
    EM 301 Fluid Mechanics
    or
  • CHE 201 Conservation Principles & Balances
    CHE 301 Fluid Mechanics

(2) One of the following foundational prerequisites. 

  • ME 301 Thermodynamics II 
  • CHE 303 Chem. Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 302 Heat Transfer 
  • CHE 314 Heat Transfer

(3) Three of the thermal-fluids electives listed below. 
Thermal Fluid Systems 

  • ME 407 Power Plants†
  • ME 408 Renewable Energy
  • ME 409 Air Conditioning*
  • ME 410 Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 411 Propulsion Systems†
  • ME 426 Turbomachinery

Thermal Fluid Sciences 

  • ME 402 Advanced Heat Transfer*
  • ME 405 Theoretical Aerodynamics
  • ME 427 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 501 Advanced Thermodynamics†
  • ME 502 Topics in Heat Transfer*
  • ME 503 Viscous Fluid Flow
  • ME 510 Gas Dynamics
  • EM 501 Topics in Fluid Mechanics

Successful completion of an area minor is indicated on the student’s transcript. A student interested in pursuing an area minor in mechanical engineering should consult with the chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

†Requires one of the thermodynamics prerequisites from section 2 above.

* Requires one of the heat transfer prerequisites from section 2 above. 

‡ ME Majors do not qualify for ME Area Minors, but may pursue ME Concentrations.

Areas of Concentration

Advanced Transportation Concentration<To better prepare our students for the interdisciplinary field of Advanced Transportation, an area of concentration is offered to expose students to modern automotive, aviation, and off-highway design methodologies and technologies. Two courses in Model-Based System Design, the modern design practice in the aviation and automotive industry, is required of all participants.  Three additional elective courses are required which permit students to provide either depth or breadth according to their interests.

Required Courses

  • CE/ME 497 Introduction to Model-Based System Design
  • ECE/ME 497 Advanced Model Based-System Design

Elective Courses

  • CHEM 470 Combustion Chemistry
  • ECE 320 Linear Control Systems
    or
    ME 406 Control Systems
  • ECE 420 Nonlinear Control Systems
    or
    ME 506 Advanced Control Systems
  • ECE 370 Machines & Power
  • ECE 410 Communication Networks
  • ECE 452 Power Electronics
  • ME 408 Renewable Energy
  • ME 410 Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 411 Propulsion Systems
  • ME 422 Finite Elements for Engineering Applications
  • ME 427 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

Aerospace Engineering Area of Concentration
The aerospace industry provides job opportunities each year for many mechanical engineering graduates. The aerospace engineering area of concentration is intended to provide specialty courses which focus the application of basic mechanical engineering skills on aerospace systems. 

The courses required to complete the concentration are as follows:

  • ME 305 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Plus any 4 of the following

  • MA 336 Boundary Value Problems
  • ME 405 Theoretical Aerodynamics 
  • ME 401 Foundation of Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 411 Propulsion Systems
  • ME 422 Intro to Finite Element Fundamentals
  • ME 427 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 461 Aerospace Design
  • ME 503 Viscous Flow
  • ME 510 Gas Dynamics
  • ME 512 Light Weight Structures
  • ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • PH 322 Celestial Mechanics

Any student who completes these requirements may receive, on request, a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in the aerospace engineering area of concentration in the Mechanical Engineering Department. With proper planning, students should be able to complete the concentration without overload. Additional courses may satisfy the concentration with Department Head approval.

Energy Production, Utilization, and Forecasting
Rising energy costs, air pollution, climate change, petrochemical production, environmental friendly and green processes and machines, alternative power sources and renewable energy are some of the topics topping local, national and international news. Rose-Hulman offers a series of courses, across several disciplines that broadens, educates and addresses solutions to these relevant contemporary issues.

Students who complete any five of the recommended courses in Energy Production, Utilization, and Forecasting area of concentration may receive, upon request, a letter from their Department Head, a certificate and transcript annotation attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in this area of concentration in the Energy Production, Utilization, and Forecasting. With proper planning, students should be able to take these course offerings without overload.

Recommended Energy Production, Utilization, and Forecasting Concentration Courses.

  • CE561 or CHE450 Air Pollution (cross-listed class)
  • CE590 Climate Change Assessment
  • CHE490 Energy and Environment
  • CHE512 Petrochemical Processes
  • ECE370 Power and Energy Systems
  • ECE371 Industrial Power Systems
  • ME407 Power Plants
  • ME408 Renewable Energy
  • ME501 Advanced Thermodynamics

Industrial Leadership
Many mechanical engineering students are attracted to industry for both technical and leadership opportunities. Graduates often are responsible for project management and may develop over time into more significant leadership roles. This area of concentration is intended to take advantage of Rose-Hulman offerings in Mathematics, Engineering Management, and Humanities and Social Sciences to provide skills and knowledge that would be useful for graduates with increasing managerial responsibilities. Since part of leadership is also practice, the area of concentration requires one industrial internship and one significant leadership experience.

To complete the requirements of the area of concentration in industrial leadership, each student must take a total of six courses, two from the Math list, two from the Engineering Management list, and two from the Humanities, Social Sciences list

Math List

  • MA 385 Quality Methods
  • MA 487 Design of Experiments
  • MA 387 Statistical Methods in Six Sigma

Engineering Management List

  • EMGT330 Introduction to Engineering Management 
  • EMGT427 Project Management 
  • EMGT520 Accounting for Technical Managers 
  • EMGT521 Financial Management in a Technical Environment 
  • EMGT522 Organizational Management 
  • EMGT523 Marketing Issues in a Technical Environment 4
  • EMGT524 Production/Operations Management 
  • EMGT526 Technology Management and Forecasting 
  • EMGT527 Project Management 
  • EMGT531 Economics for Technical Managers 
  • EMGT532 Technical Entrepreneurship 
  • EMGT533 Intercultural Communication
  • EMGT534 Management Science 
  • EMGT535 Strategies for Organizational Change 
  • EMGT586 Supply Chain Management 
  • EMGT587 Systems Engineering 
  • EMGT588 Quality Management l
  • EMGT589 Manufacturing Systems

Humanities, Social Sciences List

  • GS 350 International Trade 
  • GS 351 International Finance 
  • IA 230 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 
  • SV 151 Principles of Economics 
  • SV 350 Managerial Accounting 
  • SV 351 Managerial Economics 
  • IA 352 Game Theory
  • SV 303 Business and Engineering Ethics 
  • SV 304 Bioethics 
  • SV 352 Money & Banking
  • SV 353 Industrial Organization 
  • SV 354 Environmental Economics 
  • SV 356 Corporate Finance
  • EMGT 526 Technology Management and Forecasting

In addition to coursework, students must complete one Industrial Internship (of approximately three month duration) and one significant co-curricular leadership experience. To get credit for the leadership experience, the student must submit an application with reference support which is approved by the department head. Possible examples of qualifying leadership could include leadership experience in design-build competitions or serving as a Resident Assistant in the residence halls.

Manufacturing and Production Engineering Area of Concentration
Many mechanical engineering graduates will work in tasks related to the manufacture of various products. The manufacturing and production engineering area of concentration is intended to bridge the gap between the analytical and design courses which are the heart of the professional program and the practical problems of producing acceptable hardware, on time, at a profit.
The courses that comprise this area of concentration are:

 

List 1:
EMGT 330
EMGT 427
EMGT 588
EMGT 589
MA 385
ME 317
ME 417
ME 435 
ME 520

Introduction to Engineering Management
Project Management
Quality Management
Manufacturing Systems
Quality Methods
Design for Manufacturing
Advanced Materials Engineering
Robotics
Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing
   When choosing humanities and social science electives (HSS), we suggest that the following are most pertinent to the manufacturing/production working environment:
  List 2:
SV 151 
SV 171 
SV 350
SV 351
SV 353
IA  453
SV 356

Principles of Economics
Principles of Psychology
Managerial Accounting
Managerial Economics
Industrial Organization
The Entrepreneur
Corporate Finance
   With proper planning, students should be able to take the elective offerings in this area without overload. Any student who completes five courses from List 1 and three of the recommended HSS courses from List 2 may receive, upon request, a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in the manufacturing and production engineering area of concentration in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

 

 

 

Solid Mechanics Area of Concentration
The broad field of solid mechanics prepares the mechanical engineering graduate with many career opportunities in areas such as stress analysis, dynamics, vibrations, materials, and the design of mechanical components and systems.
The courses that comprise this area of concentration are:

  ME 417 
ME 422 
ME 512 
ME 513 
ME 518 
ME 522 
EM 403 
EM 406 
EM 502 
EM 503 
EM 505 
Advanced Materials Engineering
Intro. Finite Element Fund.
Light Weight Structures
Environmental Noise
Advanced Kinematics
Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Vibration Analysis
Advanced Dynamics
Advanced Vibration Analysis
Theory of Elasticity

With proper planning, students should be able to take five elective courses in the area without overload. Any student who completes five of these recommended courses may request a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in the solid mechanics area of concentration within the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Thermal Fluid Area of Concentration
Many Mechanical Engineering graduates will work with engineering systems that are based on the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum offers an opportunity for the student to concentrate his studies on the analysis and design of these systems. The courses that comprise the thermal fluid area of concentration may be classified according to whether the main emphasis is on the system or on the thermal or fluid concepts which underpin its design and operation.

  Thermal Fluid Systems

 

ME 407 
ME 408 
ME 409 
ME 410 
ME 411 
ME 426
Power Plants
Renewable Energy
Air Conditioning
Internal Combustion Engines
Propulsion Systems
Turbomachinery

  Thermal Fluid Sciences

 

ME 402  
ME 405
ME 427
ME 501 
ME 502 
ME 503 
ME 510 
EM 501
Advanced Heat Transfer
Theoretical Aerodynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Advanced Thermodynamics
Topics in Heat Transfer
Viscous Fluid Flow
Gas Dynamics
Topics in Fluid Mechanics

In order to complete the requirements in the thermal fluid area of concentration a student must select five elective from the lists such that at least one course is taken from the “Thermal Fluid Systems” list and at least two courses are taken from the “Thermal Fluid Sciences” list.
With proper planning, students should be able to take five elective courses in the area without overload. Any student who completes five of these recommended courses may request a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in the thermal fluid area of concentration within the Mechanical Engineering Department.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

MA
PH
CLSK
EM 
RH
111
111
100
104 
131
Calculus I  
Physics I 
College & Life Skills  
Graphical Communications
Rhetoric & Composition
split fall or winter with
Elective(HSS)
  5
4
1
2


4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

MA
PH
ME


RH
112
112 
123


131
Calculus II  
Physics II
Computer Applications I 
Elective (HSS)
split fall or winter with
Rhetoric & Composition
  5
4
4


4
     

17

       
Spring Term

Credit

MA
PH
EM
EM
113 
113 
103
121
Calculus III
Physics III  
Introduction to Design
Statics and Mechanics of Materials I
  5
4
2

4
     

15

Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

MA
ES


ES
221
201


203
Differential Equations I 
Conservation & 
Accounting Principles
Elective (HSS)
Electrical Systems
  4

4
4
4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

MA
ES
ES 

CHEM
222
202
204

105
Differential Equations II
Fluid & Thermal Systems 
Mechanical Systems 
Elective (HSS)
Engineering Chemistry I
  4
3
3
4
4
     

18

       
Spring Term

Credit

MA
ES

CHEM
223
205 

107
Statistics for Engineers 
Analysis & Design of
Engineering Systems  
Engineering Chemistry II  
Elective (HSS)
  4


4
4
     

16

       
 
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

ME 301 Thermodynamics II 4
EM 204 Statics and Mechanics of Materials II 4
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering II 4
    **Elective (Free) 4
      16
       
Winter Term

Credit

ME 317 Design for Manufacturing 3
       
       
       
       
ME 321 Measurement Systems
split winter or spring with
4
ME 323 Computer Applications II (2)
ME 328 Materials Engineering 4
    Elective (Science) (4)
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication
or
 
    Elective (HSS) 4
   

17 or 15

       
Spring Term

Credit

ME 302 Heat Transfer 4
ME 323 Computer Applications II
split winter or spring with
2
ME 321 Measurement Systems (4)
ME 470 Engineering Systems Design 4
    split Jr. spring or Sr. fall with
ME 480 Machine Component Design (4)
    Elective (Science) 4
    Elective (HSS)
or
 
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication 4
       
    16 or 18
Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

ME 430 Mechatronic Systems
split fall or winter with
4
ME 421 M.E. Lab (2)
ME 406 Control Systems
or
 
EM 406 Vibration Analysis 4
ME 480 Machine Component Design 4
    split Jr. spring or Sr. fall with
ME 470 Engineering Systems Design (4)
    **Elective (Tech) 4
   

14 or 16

       
Winter Term

Credit

ME 471 Capstone Design I 2
ME 421 M.E. Lab 2
    split fall or winter with  
ME 430 Mechatronic Systems (4)
    **Elective (Tech) 4
    **Elective (free) 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
    18 or 16
       
Spring Term

Credit

ME 472 Capstone Design II 3
    **Elective (Tech) 4
    **Elective (Adv Tech) 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
     

15

       
   

Total credits required:  194

* 24 credit hours. in electives composed of 16 cr. hrs. in technical electives, of which at least 4 cr. hrs. must be in advanced level courses and 8 cr. hrs. in free electives. (i.e. 12 cr. hrs. tech. electives, 4 cr. hrs. adv. tech elective, 8 cr. hrs. free electives)

** An advanced technical elective is designated with an * in the undergraduate bulletin ME and EM course description section or any 500 level course and above in BE, ChE, CE, CPE, EE, ME, OE or SE programs. Atechnical elective is any course (at the 200 level or above) in chemistry, computer science, engineering, engineering management, life science, mathematics, or physics that is not cross-listed with HSS or similar in content to a required course. A science elective is any course in applied biology, chemistry, geology or physics except those courses that are cross-referenced with an engineering course.