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  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, BS


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Department Chair:

Dr. Young Bai Moon, 263 Link Hall, ybmoon@syr.edu, 315-443-4366

Program Director:

Dr. Michelle Blum, 263 Link Hall, mmblum@syr.edu, 315-443-2840

Faculty

Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Mohd Yousuf Ali, Michelle Blum, Edward A. Bogucz Jr., Frederick J. Carranti, Hamid Dalir, Thong Dang, John F. Dannenhoffer, Barry D. Davidson, Mark N. Glauser, Melissa Green, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Alan J. Levy, Jacques Lewalle, Shalabh Maroo, Young Bai Moon, Vadrevu R. Murthy, Michael Roppo, Utpal Roy, Amit Sanyal, Roger Schmidt, Jianshun S. Zhang, Teng Zhang

The mission of the mechanical engineering program at Syracuse University is to educate and promote learning and discovery in mechanical engineering and to prepare students for careers of technical excellence, professional growth, and leadership in a complex and competitive technological environment.

The educational objectives of the mechanical engineering curriculum are to enable graduates of the program to do the following:

  • apply the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences to professional practice or to advanced study in mechanical engineering or related fields;
  • be cognizant of societal context and ethical responsibility in professional practice;
  • function productively on teams and communicate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences; and
  • be innovative, and adaptable in an increasingly diverse and global environment

In order to meet the demands of new and existing high-tech industries, we prepare our students by providing opportunities to gain marketable and relevant skills that can lead to success in a wide range of careers. The distinctive signature of undergraduate mechanical engineering at Syracuse University is its strong technical core coupled with the ability to fit either a technical or a non-technical minor into the curricula. Students explore the breadth of Syracuse University by complementing their mechanical engineering degree with a minor in business, public policy, fine arts, public communications, and many more.

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline concerned with the design and analysis of systems that produce or modify motion, force, and energy into forms useful to people. Mechanical engineers are employed throughout the complete spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial machinery, publishing and printing, electrical and thermal power, chemical processing, textile, petroleum, computer and electronic, pharmaceutical, apparel, healthcare, consumer products, soap and cosmetics, paper and wood products, rubber, and glass.

Driven by the breadth of career paths open to mechanical engineering graduates, the B.S. program in mechanical engineering (MEE) is structured to provide a firm educational foundation in the physical, mathematical, and engineering principles and design practices relevant to mechanical and thermal systems. The program is designed to prepare graduates for either immediate employment or for continuing studies at the graduate level.

Requirements for the B.S. MEE program appear below. For the first five semesters the recommended sequence of courses for the B.S. MEE program is very similar to the recommended program for the degree B.S. in aerospace engineering (AEE), which demonstrates the complementary nature of the two disciplines. Courses carrying the prefix MAE indicate that class material and assignments are drawn from both aerospace and mechanical engineering applications.

Beginning in the sixth semester students who follow the B.S. MEE program begin to take courses addressing engineering topics unique to mechanical engineering, including machine design and manufacturing and heat transfer. The last three semesters of the MEE program also include courses of more broad applications, including dynamics of mechanical systems and linear control systems.

Experience with open-ended design problems is obtained in a sequence of courses that span the entire curriculum. The sequence begins with introductory design experiences in the first-year courses ECS 101 .

Upper-division courses involving design include courses in machine design and manufacturing, and senior capstone design. The two-semester capstone design experience (MEE 471 , MEE 472 ) requires students to integrate knowledge from all areas in the design of a complete product or system.

The B.S. MEE curriculum allows for programs of study that can be tailored by students to take advantage of the diversity of strengths across both ECS and all of Syracuse University. We provide engineering students with opportunities to complete minors in areas that can complement technical knowledge-such as international affairs, business, and public policy-thus enhancing the value and attractiveness of a Syracuse University engineering education. Students can also elect to pursue a University minor or take a distribution of electives, which will include liberal arts classes, free electives, and additional depth in mechanical engineering. There are a total of 8 electives courses (24 credits) in the B.S. MEE program; one of these electives (3 credits) must be in Social Sciences/Humanities (SS/H); one (3 credits) must be a MAE numerical elective, which must be either MAE 430 , MAE 571 , or MAE 573 . The remaining 6 courses (18 credits) can be customized for each student in either of two ways:

  1. A University Minor, typically 18 credits coordinated by the offering department; The minor must have fewer than 12 credits of overlap with required MEE courses. A second major also satisfies this option.
  2. A Distribution of Electives, including:
    1. at least 6 credits of SS/H
    2. at least 9 credits of technical electives
    3. one 3-credit free elective

MEE students seeking to complete a Mathematics Minor may take a mathematics course as a free elective but must still complete one of the 2 options listed above.

MEE students seeking to complete the Energy Systems Minor (15 credits) must take an additional 3-credit SS/H course.

Technical Electives are courses at the 300 level or higher taken within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. Selected courses from other ECS departments, mathematics, or natural sciences may be accepted as technical electives, but no more than 3 credit hours of technical electives can be taken outside the MAE department.

Students may bundle courses into free electives if desired. The bundled courses must be taken for a letter grade and either be at the 300-level or greater, or be a physical education course. AEW credit cannot be bundled.

Social science or humanities (SS/H) courses are to be selected from any foreign language course, the “Humanities List”, or the “Social Sciences List”, as published in the SU Course Catalog.

Students are strongly encouraged to develop a plan for selections of their electives during their first year. The planning process should include discussions with the student’s academic advisor, other faculty members, and peer advisers. The MAE department offers most undergraduate technical elective courses on a two-year cycle. As a result, it may be necessary for a student to modify the sequence of courses recommended below to accommodate a technical elective course of personal interest.

In addition to successfully completing the requirements for the mechanical engineering program, graduates from this program must also achieve the following student outcomes:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs including both thermal and mechanical systems

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(l) a familiarity with statistics and linear algebra and the ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Mechanical Engineering Requirements


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Fourth Year, Fall Semester


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Fourth Year, Spring Semester


Total 12


Other


GPA: 2.0 (All students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and at least 2.00 GPA in all math, science and engineering courses in order to be awarded an SU degree.)

Note:


Do not repeat prerequisites for admission into the major.

Total 128


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