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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn Science and Engineering Center (ASEC), 101
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3903
    Tel: 330-972-7672
    Fax: 330-972-6027

Dr. Sergio Felicelli
Professor and Chair

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering 

The undergraduate mechanical engineering program is designed to provide the student with comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of all aspects relating to fluid-thermal and mechanical sciences and the application of these principles to pertinent problems. A large number of corporations and industries throughout the country participate in the department's five-year cooperative education program. This program gives students on-the-job experience in an industry directly related to their studies.

The undergraduate curriculum can be divided into four main areas: general studies requirements (29 semester credits), mathematics and science requirements (30 credits), engineering requirements (66 credits), and electives (12 credits). In addition to the regular program, students also may choose a program with special emphasis in polymer science and polymer engineering or motion and control. In this option, all mechanical engineering electives are replaced by appropriate electives in polymer science and polymer engineering or motion and control. Students also may use technical and free electives for this option.

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Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Co-Op Students

1st Year (31)
Fall (15) Spring (16)
4600:165 Tools for Mechanical Eng. 3
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
3300:111 English Composition I 3
3450:221 Calculus I 4
5540: Physical Education 1
3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
3300:112 English Composition II 3
3450:222 Calculus II 4
7600: Speech (105 or 106) 3
- Social Science Elective 3
2nd Year (64)
Fall (18)
Spring (15)
4300:201 Statics 3
3250:244 Intro. to Economic Anal. 3
3400:210 Humanities-West. Trad. I 4
3450:223 Calculus III 4
3650:291 Physics I 4
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:260 Engineering Analysis I 2
4300:202 Mechanics of Solids 3
3450:335 Differential Equations 3
3650:292 Physics II 4
Co-op Assignment (Optional)
3rd Year (86)
Fall (14)
Spring Summer (8)
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
4600:310 Fluid Mechanics I 2
4600:321 Kinematics 2
4600:336 Anal. Mech. Comp. 3
4600:360 Engr. Analysis II 2
3470:401 Prob. & Stat. for Engr. 2
Co-op Assignment
4600:311 Fluid Mechanics II 3
4600:340 System Dyn. & Respone 3
4600:380 Mechanical Metallurgy 2
4th Year (103)
Fall Spring (17)
Co-op Assignment
4600:301 Thermodynamics II 2
4600:315 Heat Transfer 3
4600:337 Design of Mech. Comp. 3
4600:431 Fund. of Mech. Vibrations 3
4600:483 ME Measurements Lab 2
4400:320 Basic Elec. Engr. 4
Co-op Assignment
5th Year (136)
Fall (17)
Spring (16)
4600:400 Thermal System Components 3
4600:402 Senior Seminar 1
4600:441 Control System Design 3
4600:460 Concepts of Design 3
4600:461 ME Senior Design Proj. I 2
4600:484 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 2
- ME Elective I 3
4600:471 ME Senior Design Proj. II 2
- ME Elective II 3
- ME Elective III 3
- Area Studies & Cultural Div. 2
- Humanities Elective I 3
- Humanities Elective II 3

ME Electives must include 3 credits Mechanical Engineering design elective, 3 credits technical elective, and 3 credits Mechanical Engineering technical elective. This course schedule is in effect for those students entering The University of Akron in the Fall 2005 or later, who are co-op students who expect to graduate in May 2010 or later. It may also be in effect for students who have entered The University prior to Fall 2005 but have fallen behind in their course schedule. The appropriate course schedule will be handled on an individual basis.

Student Outcomes - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

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

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Fall 2013 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science mechanical engineering program was 796 students. There were 113 graduates of the program for the 2012-2013 academic year (includes summer 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013 graduates). 

Program Educational Objectives and Accreditation - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron offers a baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME), accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to educate and graduate mechanical engineers who, within a few years of graduation, are expected to:

  1. Practice the mechanical engineering discipline successfully within community accepted standards.
  2. Acquire teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in mechanical engineering.
  3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of mechanical engineering, including social, environmental and economical 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.