Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the production and utilization of power and the design, construction, and operation of machines and systems. Mechanical engineers are associated with all branches of industry and with all activities involving design, manufacture, research and development, operation and maintenance, or sales. Their functions range from highly technical and analytical design to broad industrial and management executive responsibilities where technical competence is essential to sound judgment. Mechanical engineering products include industrial machinery, power plants, internal combustion engines, automotive systems, steam and gas turbines, jets, rockets, automation and controls, material handling equipment, heating, ventilating and refrigeration plants and equipment, hydraulic machinery, medical devices, and many others.
The energy area deals with the use of prime movers for the generation, conversion, and utilization of energy. The design area is concerned with the design, development, and analysis of products, machines, and systems with regard to their function, use, and safety. Electives courses are offered to permit greater concentration in any given area.
The curriculum stresses fundamentals of engineering science and analysis, and the development of creative thinking in the application of the principles to engineering design. Laboratory work is concerned with materials testing and experimental and test procedures in the fields of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and design. Emphasis is given to technical reports, their content, form and presentation. Laboratory courses are selected to provide a balanced program of instruction and hands-on experience. Facilities are available for graduate research.
With the primary focus of attention on America’s African American population, the Mechanical Engineering Department endeavors through innovative instruction, individual advising, and meaningful professional exposure, to provide an academic program of high quality to students from a diverse background. The program is accredited by EAC/ABET.
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department consists of the following components:
- Instruction: The mission of the Department in this area is to provide the undergraduate students with a broad education in the professional discipline as well as in the liberal arts area. For the graduate students, the mission is to provide them with advanced technical knowledge and research capabilities in specialized areas. The Department strives to instill a desire for lifelong learning in all students.
- Research: In this area, the Department’s mission is to advance the scientific and technical knowledge for the benefit of all.
- Service: The Department’s mission in this area is to interact professionally with other members of the technical community and provide outreach services to the local and regional community.
Program Educational Objectives
Within a few years after graduation, our graduates will be:
- Successful practitioners in mechanical and related industries, private practice or government.
- Engaged in graduate studies or continuing education endeavors in mechanical engineering or related fields.
- Engaged in professional development by participating in structured professional activities.