4700: Mechanical Polymer Engineering

4700: Mechanical Polymer Engineering

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering in cooperation with the Department of Polymer Engineering has developed the undergraduate program in Mechanical Polymer Engineering. This program integrates mechanical engineering science and design with polymer processing science and technology.

The Mechanical Polymer Engineering curriculum at The University of Akron is designed to give the student knowledge of fundamental principles as well as the application of these principles to polymer processing problems. A significant measure of the Mechanical Polymer Engineering education is the degree to which it has prepared the graduate to pursue a productive engineering career in the polymer industry that is characterized by continued professional growth.

The Mechanical Polymer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Mechanical Polymer Engineering program identifies program educational objectives that describe what their graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. They are as follows:

  1. Practice the mechanical or mechanical-polymer engineering discipline successfully within community accepted standards
  2. Acquire teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in mechanical or mechanical-polymer engineering
  3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of mechanical or mechanical-polymer engineering, including social, environmental and economic considerations
  4. Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service
  5. Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops
  6. Develop a professional career in the prevailing market that meets personal goals, objectives and desires

To meet those program educational objectives for accreditation, the Mechanical Polymer Engineering program identifies student outcomes, which are what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  They are as follows:

A. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in a logical and discerning manner
B. Design and perform laboratory experiments for thermal, fluid, materials and mechanical systems; know how to analyze and interpret results
C. Design thermal, fluid, mechanical, materials, and control systems to meet specifications within environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints
D. Participate effectively in teams involving several disciplines
E. Identify, formulate, and solve thermal, fluid, materials, and mechanical problems by applying first principles, including open-ended problems
F. Develop practical solutions for mechanical polymer engineering problems under professional and ethical constraints
G. Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in a technical setting
H. Understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
I. Be prepared for a lifetime of continuing education
J. Know about contemporary issues in engineering
K. Have an ability to use modern modeling and simulation techniques, and computing tools


General Education — 29 credits
Natural ScienceCredits
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
3450:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
Engineering CoreCredits
3470:401 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 2
4300:201 Statics 3
4300:202 Introduction to Mechanics of Solids 3
4400:307 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
4600:165 Tools for Mechanical Engineering 3
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:260 Engineering Analysis I 2
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
4600:310 Fluid Mechanics I 2
Mechanical EngineeringCredits
4600:315 Heat Transfer 3
4600:336 Analysis of Mechanical Components 3
4600:337 Design of Mechanical Components 3
4600:340 Systems Dynamics and Response 3
4600:360 Engineering Analysis II 2
4600:380 Mechanical Metallurgy 2
4600:400 Thermal Systems Components 3
4600:402 Senior Seminar 1
4600:431 Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations 3
4600:441 Control Systems Design 3
4600:460 Concepts of Design 3
4600:483 Mechanical Engineering Measurements Laboratory 2
Polymer EngineeringCredits
4700:321 Polymer Fluid Mechanics 3
4700:422 Polymer Processing 3
4700:425 Intro to Blending and Compounding of Polymers 3
4700:427 Mold Design 3
4700:450 Engineering Properties of Polymers 3
4700:451 Polymer Engineering Laboratory 2
4700:499 Polymer Engineering Design Project 2
4700:497 Honors Project

The 4700 courses are taught and administered for course content and faculty assignments by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

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