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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
Red McCombs
School of Business

CHAPTER 4
College of Communication

CHAPTER 5
College of Education

CHAPTER 6
College of Engineering

CHAPTER 7
College of Fine Arts

CHAPTER 8
School of Information

CHAPTER 9
College of Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 10
College of
Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 11
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 12
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 13
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 14
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

 

    

6. College of Engineering

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are broadly concerned with the engineering systems used to control and transform energy to meet the needs of humanity. They design, develop, and produce devices and systems from space probes to washing machines, from turbojet engines to lawn mowers, from automatic machine tools and vending machines to computer-controlled systems. Because mechanical engineering is one of the broadest-based fields of technical study, it is also an excellent foundation for further education in business, law, medicine, and other professions that require a good working knowledge of science and technology.

The mechanical engineering department is dedicated to graduating mechanical engineers who practice mechanical engineering in the general stems of thermal/fluid systems, mechanical systems and design, and materials and manufacturing in industry and government settings; are prepared for advanced education, research and development, and other creative efforts in science and technology; conduct themselves in a responsible, professional, and ethical manner; and participate as leaders in activities that support service to and economic development of the region, state, and nation.

The mechanical engineering faculty has defined ten educational outcomes that students in the program are expected to achieve by the time of graduation. These outcomes are

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems
  • Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems
  • Ability to design mechanical components, systems, and processes
  • Ability to set up, conduct, and interpret experiments, and to present the results in a professional manner
  • Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering
  • Ability to communicate in written, oral, and graphical forms
  • Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts
  • Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree
  • Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession
  • Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political, and environmental issues and global impact

The mechanical engineering curriculum meets these outcomes by providing breadth and depth across a range of topics.

  • A combination of college-level mathematics and basic science courses (some with experimental work) that includes mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, physics, and chemistry.
  • Engineering courses that develop a working knowledge of graphics and computer-aided design, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, kinematics, dynamics and control of mechanical systems, computational methods, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials science and engineering, electric circuits and electronics, technical communication, and engineering economics.
  • Mechanical engineering project and laboratory experiences that develop competence in measurements and instrumentation, interpretation of data, reverse engineering analysis of mechanical systems, use of computational tools for engineering analysis, integration of multidisciplinary topics in design of complex systems, teamwork and project planning, and written and oral communication.
  • A sequence of engineering design courses, culminating in a major capstone design experience in collaboration with an industrial sponsor, that draws on the knowledge and skills students have acquired in earlier coursework and incorporates modern engineering standards and realistic constraints.
  • General education courses, including social sciences, humanities, and fine arts electives, that complement the technical content of the curriculum.

PROCEED (Project-Centered Education)

In 2000, the mechanical engineering faculty initiated a major curriculum reform initiative called PROCEED, an acronym for project-centered education. A number of courses throughout the curriculum have been redesigned to motivate the study of engineering science by challenging students with in-depth analysis of real mechanical components and systems. In PROCEED, students address real-world projects obtained from industry and communicate with engineering experts from outside the University through state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities. Undergraduate laboratory and computer facilities have been dramatically upgraded, and a Web-based portfolio system has been developed to provide a mechanism for students to showcase project-based work to prospective employers and graduate schools. Beginning with this catalog, many PROCEED courses previously offered on a pilot basis have become standard elements of the mechanical engineering curriculum.

Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

A member of the mechanical engineering faculty must approve courses used to fulfill the career gateway elective requirements before the student registers for them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Mechanical Engineering 302, 205, 311, 111L, 324, 326, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306 47

Major Sequence Courses
  Mechanical Engineering 333T, 335, 336, 136L, 338, 339, 139L, 343, 344, 244L, 353, 366J, 266K, 266P 35

Other Required Courses
  Electrical Engineering 331, English 316K, Mechanical Engineering 218, 330, 130L 12
  Approved career gateway electives 9
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved mathematics elective 3
  Approved natural science/mathematics elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3

  Minimum Required 127

Career Gateway Elective Options

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes nine hours of career gateway electives, selected by the student to support his or her career goals. Before registering for these courses, students must prepare a career plan statement and a list of relevant electives in consultation with a faculty mentor; this plan must be approved by the undergraduate adviser.

Career gateway electives may include traditional upper-division technical courses in mechanical engineering and other engineering fields, approved courses in business, computer sciences, and natural sciences, and preparatory courses for graduate study in the health professions. Students who pursue the Business Foundations or Elements of Computing program may count the program's required courses as career gateway electives.

Career gateway elective programs may include up to three hours of special topics coursework (Mechanical Engineering 179M, 279M, 379M) and projects coursework (Mechanical Engineering 177K, 277K, 377K) without special approval. Students who wish to count additional topics or projects credit must petition for consent of the undergraduate adviser. Programs may also include three hours in Mechanical Engineering 325L.

Some possible career gateway elective options and related courses are listed below.

Biomechanical Engineering

Biomechanical engineering is one of the most exciting emerging areas of engineering, and mechanical engineers will play an important role in this field. Areas of special interest include biomaterials, biomechanics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mechanical design, nuclear science, and systems analysis. This option also can be tailored to provide a background for professional education in medicine or dentistry or for graduate study in biomedical engineering. Courses supporting a career in biomechanical engineering include

Mechanical Engineering 354, Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 354M, Biomechanics of Human Movement
Mechanical Engineering 372J, Robotics and Automation
Mechanical Engineering 379N, Engineering Acoustics
Approved biomedical engineering and natural science electives

Dynamics and Control

The engineering of "intelligent machines" is a rapidly growing field, demanding an understanding of mechanical and electronic components, of software, and of the ways these elements interact in complex systems. Courses supporting career paths in this area include

Mechanical Engineering 348C, Introduction to Mechatronics I
Mechanical Engineering 348D, Introduction to Mechatronics II
Mechanical Engineering 355K, Engineering Vibrations
Mechanical Engineering 364L, Automatic Control System Design
Mechanical Engineering 372J, Robotics and Automation
Mechanical Engineering 372M, Mechanism Design
Mechanical Engineering 372N, Design of Smart Mechanisms
Mechanical Engineering 379N, Engineering Acoustics
Approved electrical and computer engineering and natural science electives

Manufacturing and Design

Mechanical engineering is the focal point for design and manufacturing of components and systems ranging from automobiles to computer chips. The manufacturing and design option prepares students for leadership in this important field. Suggested courses include

Mechanical Engineering 350, Machine Tool Operations for Engineers
Mechanical Engineering 352K, Engineering Computer Graphics
Mechanical Engineering 364L, Automatic Control System Design
Mechanical Engineering 365K, Finite Element Method
Mechanical Engineering 365L, Industrial Design for Production
Mechanical Engineering 368J, Computer-Aided Design
Mechanical Engineering 372J, Robotics and Automation
Mechanical Engineering 372M, Mechanism Design
Mechanical Engineering 372N, Design of Smart Mechanisms
Approved engineering and natural science electives

Materials Science and Engineering

The design and manufacture of most engineering devices and systems is heavily constrained by materials properties and the availability of materials. This option allows students to obtain a concentration in materials science and engineering as a basis for practice and graduate study in this field. Relevant courses include

Mechanical Engineering 349, Corrosion Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 359, Materials Selection
Mechanical Engineering 378C, Ceramic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 378K, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Mechanical Engineering 378P, Properties and Applications of Polymers
Mechanical Engineering 378S, Structural Ceramics
Approved materials-related engineering and natural science electives

Nuclear and Radiation Engineering

Engineers with a background in nuclear and radiation engineering find opportunities providing electrical power in safe, efficient, and environmentally benign ways for commercial or defense purposes; extending nuclear reactor plant life, in materials analysis; developing new ways of producing and using radioisotopes in medical physics for organ imaging or cancer therapy; developing new industrial applications for neutron or gamma-ray radiation use; developing long-term strategies for radioactive waste disposal; and developing systems to maintain the security of nuclear materials. They also work with nuclear-related national security issues and in nuclear chemical engineering. It is recommended that students interested in this area take one or more of the following courses.

Mechanical Engineering 136N, 236N, Concepts in Nuclear and Radiation Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 337C, Introduction to Nuclear Power Systems
Mechanical Engineering 337D, Radiation and Radiation Protection
Mechanical Engineering 337E, Radioactive Waste Management
Mechanical Engineering 361E, Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 361F, Radiation and Radiation Protection Laboratory

Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Today's industrial planners and managers commonly use quantitative decision-making techniques. This option melds traditional industrial engineering and its modern outgrowth, operations research. Emphasis is on mathematical modeling, applied statistics, and the use of the computer to assist the decision maker. Students interested in this option should consider courses such as

Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models
Mechanical Engineering 366Q, Deterministic Methods for Operations Research
Mechanical Engineering 366R, Stochastic Methods for Operations Research
Mechanical Engineering 367S, Simulation Modeling
Mechanical Engineering 373K, Basic Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 375K, Production Engineering Management
Approved engineering, business, or mathematics electives

Thermal/Fluid Systems Engineering

A traditional field of mechanical engineering is the design and manufacture of systems for the production, transmission, storage, and use of energy. This option is designed to prepare students for careers and graduate study in energy conversion, thermal system design, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Suggested courses include

Aerospace Engineering 362K, Compressible Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering 337C, Introduction to Nuclear Power Systems
Mechanical Engineering 360L, Turbomachinery and Compressible Flow
Mechanical Engineering 360N, Intermediate Heat Transfer
Mechanical Engineering 361E, Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 363L, Energy Systems Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering 369L, Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
Mechanical Engineering 374C, Combustion Engine Processes
Mechanical Engineering 374D, Automotive Engineering Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering 374L, Design of Thermal Systems
Mechanical Engineering 374R, Design of Air Conditioning Systems
Mechanical Engineering 374S, Solar Energy Systems Design
Approved engineering and natural science electives

Certificate Programs

Mechanical engineering students can earn certification in the Business Foundations Program and the Elements of Computing Program. Up to nine hours of coursework required for these programs may be counted toward the career gateway elective requirement for the BSME degree. These programs will be of special interest to students who wish to consider careers and graduate study in business, computer sciences, and related fields.

Mechanical engineering students may develop added breadth in their education through either the Business Foundations Program or the Elements of Computing Program.

Business Foundations Program. Students who would like to learn about fundamental business concepts and practices may take supplemental coursework that leads to a Business Foundations Certificate, awarded by the Red McCombs School of Business. The Business Foundations Program is described in chapter 3; for more information, contact the program office or the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Elements of Computing. Students who would like to learn about computer sciences may take the coursework that leads to a certificate in the elements of computing, awarded by the Department of Computer Sciences. The Elements of Computing Program is described in chapter 10; for more information, contact the Department of Computer Sciences or the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
M E 302, Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics 3
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
  Total 16
First Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E M 306, Statics 3
M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
M E 205, Computers and Programming 2
PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
  Total 16
Second Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
M E 326, Thermodynamics 3
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
  Total 17
Second Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

M E 311, Materials Engineering 3
M E 111L, Materials Engineering Laboratory 1
M E 218, Engineering Computational Methods 2
M E 324, Dynamics 3
M E 330, Fluid Mechanics 3
M E 130L, Experimental Fluid Mechanics 1
American government 3
  Total 16
Third Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

E E 331, Electric Circuits, Electronics, and Machinery 3
M E 336, Materials Processing 3
M E 136L, Materials Processing Laboratory 1
M E 338, Machine Elements 3
M E 339, Heat Transfer 3
M E 139L, Experimental Heat Transfer 1
American government 3
  Total 17
Third Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

M E 333T, Engineering Communication 3
M E 335, Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
M E 343, Thermal-Fluid Systems 3
M E 344, Dynamic Systems and Controls 3
M E 244L, Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory 2
American history 3
  Total 17
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
Courses Semester Hours

M E 353, Engineering Economic Analysis 3
M E 366J, Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology 3
Approved career gateway elective 3
American history 3
Approved mathematics elective 3
  Total 15
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
Courses Semester Hours

M E 266K, Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
M E 266P, Design Project Laboratory 2
Approved career gateway electives 6
Approved mathematics/natural science elective 3
  Total 13

 


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Undergraduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - School of Information
Chapter 9 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B - Degree and Course Abbreviations

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