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.

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 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.

  1. Our graduates will be successful in their careers.
  2. Our graduates set and meet their own goals for career fulfillment.
  3. Our graduates will continue professional development.
  4. Our graduates will engage the international dimensions of their profession.

Student Outcomes

Student 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.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    1. Identify the problem and develop an appropriate experimental approach
    2. Select measurement techniques to collect appropriate data and justify that selection.
    3. Estimate experimental uncertainties.
    4. Collect and present data in an accurate and orderly way.
    5. Use appropriate statistical procedures to analyze and evaluate the information contained in a data set.
    6. Analyze the data and draw supportable conclusions from the result
  3. 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
    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 requirements of the design specification.
    4. Evaluate the feasibility of the solutions.
    5. Choose an appropriate solution and justify that solution
    6. Carry out a conceptual-level design using appropriate design tools and methodologies.
    7. Test and refine the implementation until the product or process design specifications are met or exceeded.
    8. Document the finished product or process as appropriate for the discipline according to standard practice.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
    1. Demonstrate how you reached a decision as a team.
    2. Describe the team role you filled and how that contributed to the final project.
    3. Listen openly, actively, and critically.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    1. Inspect and define the problem.
    2. Identify the basic principles and concepts that apply to the situation.
    3. Build appropriate model(s).
    4. Solve the problem by choosing appropriate tools (analytical, experimental, and computational).
    5. Check a solution using appropriate criteria.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    1. Explain important ethical obligations associated with your discipline.
    2. Apply a systematic ethical framework to an ethical issue or situation in a disciplinary context.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
    1. Provide a substantive critique that includes recommendations for improvements.
    2. Adapt technical information for a non-specialized audience.
    3. Convey information effectively through visual media.
    4. Present information visually using drawings, graphs and sketches.
    5. Deliver oral presentations with clarity and professionalism.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    1. Engage in the arts (music, theater, art, dance, creative writing, etc.)
    2. Analyze patterns, dynamics, or values of human interaction in social or cultural systems.
    3. Analyze beliefs, backgrounds, cultures, or societies different from your own.
    4. interpret cultural artifacts and/or ideas in philosophy, the arts, or the sciences.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    1. 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.
    2. Students will describe steps they will follow to reach their desired performance level in the ability.
    3. Students will describe evidence that indicates that they have achieved their professional development goal.
    4. Students will describe the “most significant” professional development they achieved and explain its impacts.
    5. Students will explain what they have learned about the professional development process that will transfer into life after graduation.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
    1. Students will identify the problem.
    2. Students will describe the problem from different perspectives (At least two sides)
    3. Students will identify stakeholders and describe how stakeholders are affected
    4. Students will justify arguments logically.
    5. Students will reference sources appropriately.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

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 320 Fundamentals of Heat and Mass 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 401 Foundation of Fluid Mechanics
    • 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

Students who complete recommended courses in an area of concentration may receive, upon request, a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact that the student has completed the requirements in the selected area of concentration in the Mechanical Engineering Department. With proper planning, students should be able to take these course offerings without overload. Students may include special topics courses or new courses not yet listed in the catalog to the list of acceptable courses for a concentration with written permission from the mechanical engineering department head

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

  • ECE/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
  • ME 450 Combustion

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 426 Turbomachinery
  • 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.

  • CE 561 or CHE 450 Air Pollution (cross-listed class)
  • CE 590 Climate Change Assessment
  • CHE 490 Energy and Environment
  • CHE 512 Petrochemical Processes
  • ECE 370 Power and Energy Systems
  • ECE 371 Industrial Power Systems
  • ME 407 Power Plants
  • ME 408 Renewable Energy
  • ME 450 Combustion
  • ME 501 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

  • EMGT 330 Introduction to Engineering Management
  • EMGT 427 Project Management
  • EMGT 520 Accounting for Technical Managers
  • EMGT 521 Financial Management in a Technical Environment
  • EMGT 522 Organizational Management
  • EMGT 523 Marketing Issues in a Technical Environment 4
  • EMGT 524 Production/Operations Management
  • EMGT 526 Technology Management and Forecasting
  • EMGT 527 Project Management
  • EMGT 531 Economics for Technical Managers
  • EMGT 532 Technical Entrepreneurship
  • EMGT 533 Intercultural Communication
  • EMGT 534 Management Science
  • EMGT 535 Strategies for Organizational Change
  • EMGT 586 Supply Chain Management
  • EMGT 587 Systems Engineering
  • EMGT 588 Quality Management l
  • EMGT 589 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:

  • EMGT 330 Introduction to Engineering Management
  • EMGT 427 Project Management
  • EMGT 588 Quality Management
  • EMGT 589 Manufacturing Systems
  • MA 385 Quality Methods
  • ME 317 Design for Manufacturing
  • ME 417 Advanced Materials Engineering
  • ME 435 Robotics
  • ME 520 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:

  • SV 151 Principles of Econmoics
  • SV 171 Principles of Psychology
  • SV 350 Managerial Accounting
  • SV 351 Managerial Economics
  • SV 353 Industrial Organization
  • IA 453 The Entrepreneur
  • SV 356 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 Advanced Materials Engineering
  • ME 422 Intro. Finite Element Fund.
  • ME 512 Light Weight Structures
  • ME 513 Environmental Noise
  • ME 518 Advanced Kinematics
  • ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • EM 403 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • EM 406 Vibration Analysis
  • EM 502 Advanced Dynamics
  • EM 503 Advanced Vibration Analysis
  • EM 505 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 Power Plants
  • ME 408 Renewable Energy
  • ME 409 Air Conditioning
  • ME 410 Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 411 Propulsion Systems
  • ME 426 Turbomachinery

Thernal Fluid Sciences

  • ME 401 Foundations of Fluid Mechanics
  • 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

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.

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,www.abet.org

MECHANICAL ENIGNEERING PLAN OF STUDY

Freshman Year    
Fall Term   Credit
MA 111 Calculus I 5
PH 111 Physics I 4
CLSK 100 College & Life Skills 1
EM 104 Graphical Communications 2
RH 131

HSS
Rhetoric and Composition
     split fall or winter with
Elective
4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
MA 112 Calculus II 5
PH 112 Physics II 4
ME 123 Computer Applications I 4
RH 131

HSS
Rhetoric and Composition
     split fall or winter with
Elective
4
  Total 17
Spring Term   Credit
MA 113 Calculus III 5
PH 113 Physics III 4
EM 103 Introduction to Design 2
EM 121 Statics and Mechanics 
of Materials I
4
  Total 15
Sophomore Year    
Fall Term   Credit
MA 211 Differential Equations 4
ES 201 Conservation & 
Accounting Principles
4
ES 203 Electrical Systems 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems 
of Differential Equations
4
ES 202 Fluid & Thermal Systems 3
ES 204 Mechanical Systems 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 18
Spring Term   Credit
MA 223 Statistics for Engineers 4
ES 205 Analysis & Design of 
Engineering Systems
4
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 16
Junior Year    
Fall Term Credit
ME 301 Thermodynamics II 4
EM 204 Statics and Mechanics 
of Materials I
4
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engrg II 4
*Free Elective 4
  Total 16
Winter Term Credit
ME 317 Design for Manufacturing (3)     3
ME 321 

ME 323
Measurement Systems
     split winter or spring with
Computer Applications II
         4

(2)        
Science Elective (4)       
ME 328 Materials Engineering (4)     4
RH 330
 
HSS
Technical Communications
     split winter or spring with
Elective
(4)        

         4
  Total  (17) or 15
Spring Term Credit
ME 302 Heat Transfer (4)     4
ME 323  Computer Applications II          2
Science

ME 321
Elective
    split winter or spring with
Measurement Systems
         4

(4)        
ME 470 

ME 480
Engineering Design Proc & Method
    split Jr. spring or Sr. fall with
Machine Component Design
         3

(4)        
HSS

RH 330
Elective
    split winter or spring with
Technical Communications
(4)         

         4
  Total (16) or 17
Senior Year  
Fall Term Credit
ME 430 

ME 421
Mechatronic Systems
    split fall or winter with
M.E. Lab and *Tech Elective
        4 

(2+4)      
ME 406 

EM 406
Control Systems
     or
Vibration Analysis
        4

(4)        
ME 480
 
ME 470 
Machine Component Design
     split Jr. spring or Sr. fall with
Engineering Design Proc & Method
        4

(3)         
*Tech Elective (4)     4
  Total (17) or 16
Winter Term Credit
ME 471 Capstone Design I (3)     3
ME 421 

ME 430
M.E. Lab and *Tech Elective
     split fall or winter with
Mechatronic Systems
         2+4

(4)       
HSS Elective (4)     4
*Free Elective (4)     4
  Total (15) or 17
Spring Term Credit
ME 472 Capstone Design II 3
*Tech Elective 4
**Adv. Tech Elective 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 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, geology, 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.