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Department Mission and Goals

 

Our mission is to educate the nation’s future leaders in the science and art of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Further, we seek to expand the frontiers of engineering science and to encourage technological innovation while fostering academic excellence and scholarly learning in a collegial environment.

Goals

  • Provide undergraduate students with a sound foundation in the fundamentals essential for progress in science and engineering and for success in graduate school or industry.
    • Provide an appropriate balance of classroom, design, laboratory, and research experience.
    • Develop strong skills in written and oral communication.
    • Provide an educational base on which to build a habit of lifelong learning.
    • Instill a sense of the importance of professional integrity and public service.
  • Provide graduate students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the engineering sciences and develop the skills needed for independent research.
    • Develop the ability for independent and critical thinking.
    • Develop strong skills in written and oral communication.
    • Facilitate the ability to work on multidisciplinary research.
  • Build a research capability that is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading source of technological innovation.
    • Identify promising areas for growth.
    • Maintain vibrancy of areas that are currently strong.
  • Develop and maintain close ties with industry and government to promote technical exchange and collaboration on projects with significant potential for future growth and value.
  • Develop a sense of community in which faculty, staff, and students can
    work together productively and grow personally and professionally.
  • Maintain excellence and encourage diversity amongst faculty, students, and staff.

Educational Objectives

In addition to these broad goals for our department, we have specific educational objectives for our two undergraduate degree programs:

Aerospace Engineering Program:

  • Objective 1: Our students will be able to apply their rigorous undergraduate education to creatively solve technical problems facing society.
  • Objective 2: Our students will be prepared for
    • successful and productive careers in aerospace or other engineering fields;
    • graduate studies in aerospace or other engineering fields;
    • further studies in other fields such as medicine, business, and law.

Mechanical Engineering Program:

  • Objective 1: Our students will be able to apply their rigorous undergraduate education to creatively solve technical problems facing society.
  • Objective 2: Our students will be prepared for
    • successful and productive careers in mechanical or other engineering fields;
    • graduate studies in mechanical or other engineering fields;
    • further studies in other fields such as medicine, business, and law.

Outcomes for Aerospace Engineering Program

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. Ability to function as a productive member of a team, which considers multiple aspects of an engineering problem.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary and emerging issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and research.
  12. Knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control.
  13. Knowledge of some topics from orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, and rocket propulsion.
  14. Design competence, which includes integration of aeronautical or astronautical topics.

Outcomes for Mechanical Engineering Program

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. Ability to function as a productive member of a team, which considers multiple aspects of an engineering problem.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary and emerging issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and research.
  12. Knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one.
  13. Ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations to mechanical engineering problems.
  14. Familiarity with statistics and linear algebra.
  15. Ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems.